IFC final: Trim triumph with style and substance

November 06, 2021

Oldcastle's Cian McPartland with Aaron Lynch Trim during the Meath IFC final at Pairc Tailteann

Trim ran out emphatic winners of the IFC title leaving limited Oldcastle in their slipstream

Trim .......  3-12
Oldcastle ..... 0-7

Unburdened by recent history that saw them lost the last two IFC finals, Trim were always in control here.

There were some impressive aspects to their success. When goal chances were abegging, they kept going.

They didn't leak a goal due to some tenacious tackling while goalkeeper Peter Farrell did his best when called on.

With O'Mahonys' man and former county player Kevin Reilly at the helm, Trim were ready, willing and able to put recent history behind them.

Trim were never headed and the sides were level just once, and not for long. There was no rain during the course of the game but strong blustery, particularly in the opening half, dampened the scoring.

The team in red were well deserving their success. It goes along with their Corn na Boinne triumph just over two months back.

Their goals came wrapped in text book finish. Declan Dowling got the first, the game's opening score, in the eighth minute. Rob Bourke and Mikey Cullen played supporting roles to the corner-back who appeared to be tailing Robert Farrelly

Aaron Lynch and Daire Lynch also had opening for goals in the early stages. Oldcastle had the game's first, in the third minute, when Garrett O'Reilly was denied by a brave double-save from Farrell.

Robert Farrelly's point from play tied the scores, 1-1 to 0-4, in the 26th minute. Seconds later Ciaran Caulfield restored Trim's lead, helped by the impressive James Toher.

Trim took that advantage to the finish. Further boosted by Eoin O'Connor's textbook goal, with assistance from Mikey Cullen, they went on to lead by 2-4 to 0-5 at the break.

From the restart, Trim gradually increased their lead with Aaron Lynch coming to the fore. He finished with 1-5. His first four points came from a free, a 45, a mark and play.

Patrick Rahill completed Oldcastle's tally with a point from outside the 'D'. Jude McNabb's men tried but couldn't breach the Trim defence. Bourke and Eoin O'Connor created the opening for Aaron Lynch to net in the 53rd minute. 

A finely judged Toher free was followed by team captain Alan Douglas's effort from play wrapped up the scoring before the latter accepted the Mattie McDonnell Cup.

Scorers: Trim - Aaron Lynch 1-5 (0-1 mark, 0-1 45, 0-1 f); Eoin O'Connor 1-1; Declan Dowling 1-0; Alan Douglas 0-2; James Toher (f), Rob Bourke, Ciaran Caulfield, Daire Lynch 0-1 each.

Oldcastle - Robert Farrelly 0-3 (2fs); CJ Healy 0-2; Garrett O'Reilly (mark). Patrick Rahill 0-1 each.

Trim - Peter Farrell; Gerry Dwane, Luke Moran, Declan Dowling; Conor Quigley, James Toher, Ciaran O'Rourke; Rob Bourke, Sean Fitzgerald; Ciaran Caulfield, Alan Douglas (C), Daire Lynch; Mikey Cullen, Aaron Lynch, Eoin O'Connor. Subs - Ian Bermingham for Fitzgerald (35), Ciaran Joyce for D Lynch (37), Ben Holden for D Dowling (51), Brian Dowling for Cullen (55), Paul Munnelly for O'Connor (55). 

Oldcastle - Patrick Kevin; Oran O'Reilly, Cian McPartland, Steven Lawless; James Cooke, Patrick Rahill, Ronan Maguire; Darren Hawdon, Conor Delaney; Garrett O'Reilly,CJ Healy, Jason Scully (C); Colin Hawdon, Robert Farrelly, Pearse Sheridan. Subs - Keith Connell for Sheridan (30 + 3), Barry Curran for Hawdon (ht), Conor McHugh for Delaney (35), Oran Mulvaney for Maguire (48), Lee Healy for G O'Reilly (52).

Referee - Keith Sheerin (Drumconrath)

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