Muirhevna Mor. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Kilmessan Shield Quarter-Final
Trim Celtic 2 Muirhevna Mor 0
Trim Celtic registered a goal in either half to knock Muirhevna Mor out of the Kilmessan Shield on Sunday morning.
Despite there being no league points at stake, this was still a grudge meeting as both sides are actively involved in the race for Premier Division honours.
In the end, it was the Meath men - currently sitting second in the league - who came out on top to ensure themselves a place in the semi-finals of the subsidary competition.
Down a host of regulars including Micky O'Kane, Tiarnan Mulvenna and Thomas McShane, the Blues performed fairly well, keeping possession but failing to create much on the goal-scoring front.
Trim went to the interval in the lead, with their opener coming in fortuitous fashion. A free-kick on the edge of the area bounced around the box having hit the Muirhevna Mor wall before finding its way to the feet of a Trim attacker, who duly fired home.
Philip Duffy went closest for the Blues in the first-half when striking against the post.
As the second-half progressed, Seán Maguire's side pushed forward in search of parity and were ultimately hit on the breakaway as Trim's centre-forward cut inside from the left before finishing wonderfully.
With the Kilmessan Shield now out of the equation, their league title defence and Tully Cup will be on the Blues' new-year agenda.
Muirhevna Mor: Michael Cooney; Brian Begley, Chris Caulfield, Adrian Rafferty, Conal Mulvenna; Stephen Fisher, Conor Gorman, Philip Duffy, Gino Cooney; Brendan Hughes, Billy Smith
Subs: Conor Mulvenna, Craig Dixon