An understrength Rock Celtic was beaten 4-0 away to Trim Celtic on Sunday morning as they remain in the bottom half of the table, looking worryingly over their shoulders.
The game was evenly balanced until the visitors were undone by two set pieces that left them with a massive uphill struggle thanks to efforts from centre-back pairing Paul Munnelly and Sean Fitzgerald.
Rock worked their way back into the game but the disallowing of a goal for offside didn’t dampen their effort with David Ward and Ed Maguire going close after good approach play from Chris Connolly and a number of deep crosses from John Sharkey causing the home defence problems.
Early in the second half, the Seasiders were reduced to 10 men when the hard working Brian Kilboy retired injured.
With no substitute to replace him the 10 men continued to battle gamely but were always swmiming against the tide in this contest and so it proved to be when the Meath outfit added two late goals.
As in the first half, set pieces would prove to be the undoing of the Seasiders with goals from Anthony Craig and Aaron Ryan putting further gloss on the scoreline for Trim.
As a result of the defeat, Dermot Keely’s side now sit ninth in the table, just two places and three points above bottom side Boca Rovers as the season enters the festive period.
ROCK CELTIC: Damien McCrink, John Sharkey, David Asare, Shane O’Callaghan, Paddy Reilly, Ed Maguire, Brian Kilboy, Chris Connolly, David Ward, Niall McLaughlin, Glady Myapa.