Following on from Monday’s draw in Trim, a smaller than usual panel of 17 players made the trip to sunny Summerhill, for an eagerly awaited rematch with Trim in the U17 Division 2 Spring League Semi Final. 8 full-age players were joined by 5 U16s and 4 U15s (who were playing in their third game in five days, after Monday’s draw and Tuesday’s U16 win away to Kilbride).

Trim played towards the clubhouse end in the first half and opened the scoring with two points, before Walterstown responded with a well taken goal. After Trim scored an equalising point, the Blacks played their best football of the match, scoring 1-5 without reply, with the second goal the result of an outstanding interception and counter-attack and a clinical finish. Trim hit back with four points in succession, followed by a goal, to bring the gap back to the minimum. A Walterstown free on the half-time whistle gave the lads a 2 point lead at the interval.

Injuries resulted in the introduction of Walterstown’s two substitutes for the second half and the Blacks’ lead extended by two frees. The sides then exchanged points, before further injuries to Walterstown players and understandable fatigue began to take their toll. Trim took full advantage, scoring a match-winning 2-3 on the spin, before Walterstown responded with their final score of the game. Trim scored the last point of the match, leaving the lads five points adrift, but still defiant, at the final whistle.

The full-age lads now take a break from competitive football, until the Championship in August. But there is no rest for the U16’s, who will be looking to add to their three wins from three matches in their League campaign, with home matches on Tuesday and Thursday next week. All support for these matches will be greatly appreciated and is well deserved.  

The Walterstown Panel on the night were; Daniel Murphy; Luke Cullen; Darren Finnegan; Ryan Conway; Jack Doyle; Conor Farrelly; Ross Reynolds; Adam Cummins; Adam Barrett (0-8); Diarmuid Freeman; Adam Treanor (1-0); Andrew McConnell (0-1); Jamie Flynn (0-1); Timi Sowumni(1-0); Eoin Cosgrove; Eoghan McCague and Jack Wilson.

Thanks to Mark McGuire for the report.