In blazing sun on Easter Sunday morning a full squad of players made their way to Sean Newman Park, Co Meath the home of St Ultans GAA Club. The welcome was warm and friendly although we were reminded (in jest, I think) that Trim would probably hammer the Cilles and to leave the engines running just in case : ) Below are a few photos of some St Ultan’s clubmen who had one of the most beautiful pitches in Meath ready to go for Junior D and Intermediate Matches all played before lunchtime. Credit where its due, that pitch would grace any game.
While the full back line, made up of Ray Finlay and Greg Foxe (the silver bullets) will claim they didn’t concede a point from play it was Trim who got the first point with a sweet turn and shoot. Bob Hanan replied quickly when he found the back of the net with a beautifully taken goal which saw him lob the stranded Trim keeper. He definitely meant it too. Trim were not firing on all cylinders in the first half which saw Cilles take advantage as they put points on the board efficiently. While the silver bullets played well they were kept safe by the solid midfield and half-back line in front of them. Points followed from Stephen O’Neill, Niall Kerby (x4), Gerry O’Donoghue (x2) before Bren McGill popped up in space and hit home his usual well-taken goal. He celebrated as he always does by putting his head down and getting back into position.
Young Caimin Hall looked sharper than ever in this game by fielding well and also intercepting some troublesome midfield ball before setting up several attacking phases of play. Block of the game came in the second half from Adrian who always tends to pop up with something epic as he tries to get into the photos. Bob Hanan was causing issues up front and after beating his man was subjected to an ankle tap Peter Stringer would have been proud of, a black card followed with Niall Kerby picking up a point from the resultant free.
John McKenna, Gerry O’Donoghue and Mark Magill were relentless in their workrate by both breaking up play and initiating attack while player of the year for 2018, Keith Magill did what he always does by reading the game and defending with style, himself and Bren McGill the kings of understatement.
Trim came out in the second half a much better side and stifled Cilles with some solid defensive work, much more like the team that we met last year. Cilles had to dig deep in the second half for periods but the introduction of Brendan Coyle for his Championship debut, Carl Dowling, Niall McElearney and Steven Scully helped freshen legs.
Point of the match: Brendan Coyle, his first being a peach
Goal of the game: Bob Hanan
Man of the Match: John McKenna
1. Paul Madden
2. Ray Finlay
3. Keith Magill
4. Darragh Kelly
5. Adrian Bryam
7. Greg Fox
8. Gerry O’Donoghue
9. Mark Magill (Cpt.)
10. John McKenna
11. Caimin Hall
12. Brendan McGill
13. Alan Miley
14. Niall Kerby
15. Bob Hannon
16. Dominic McDowell
17. Stephen O’Neill (for Alan Miley 1st half)
18. Steven Scully (for Stephen O’Neill, late 2nd half)
19. Brendan Coyle (for Bob Hannon, 2nd half)
20. Carl Dowling (for Caimin Hall 2nd half)
21. Niall McElearney (for John McKenna 2nd half)
22. Damian Beakey
23. Paul Nash
24. Brendan Guinan