St. Colmcilles GAA Club, Pairc Ui Rís, Piltown, Bettystown, Co Meath 0877441731

The aftermath of “storm Erik” provided the backdrop for the first round of this year’s LMFM sponsored Minor Football League. Both Trim and St Colmcilles also took the oportunity to blow out any cobwebs with a hugely entertaining bout played in testing conditions at a windy Piltown.

“Storm Erik’s” leftovers ensured a huge wind blew into the graveyard end throughout, coupled with the heavy February pitch, challenges were presented to both teams before a ball was kicked. St Colmcilles won the toss and played with the high wind in the first half. Buoyed by a cameo appearance from David Bell returning from injury, the Cilles finished the stronger at half time, capitalising on the huge wind behind them. Despite errors, a huge impetus on work rate was on show throughout the half from the Cilles boys. Against the breeze, Trim probed and ensured an inevitable “game of two halves” would ensue in the second period gaining their opportunity to harness the tailwind.

Aided by the breeze in the second half, Trim didn’t disappoint and turned the screw throughout at every available opportunity, ensuring the Cilles workrate was pushed to its limit. Trim kicked on with the breeze and indeed led at one point in the closing quarter, only to be denied again by the sheer willingness to chase down, turn over and counter by the Cilles boys.

Referee Andrew Lenehan ensured the game flowed and never lacked fluency to his credit. Both management teams will be pleased with the attitude and application on show for the early part of the year, but will have plenty of scope for work on the training ground.

Trim, Simonstown and Duleek-Bellewstown provide the opposition in the Cilles side of the Division 1 draw with Summerhill, Ratoath, Skryne and Donaghmore Ashbourne on the other side of a hugely competitive divison 1 group. Next up for the Cilles are Duleek-Bellewstown away- date TBC.


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