Rock Celtic's Aidan Curtin. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
NEFL Premier Division
Trim Celtic 1-1 Rock Celtic
Rock Celtic followed last week’s impressive victory over Newfoundwell with a hard-earned point away to Trim Celtic on Sunday.
Paudie Gollogley’s side competed well against their physically superior hosts, who would have had eyes on a title challenge. But Rock began brightly with David Ward grazing the upright with a shot, while Niall Donnelly twice went close to breaking the deadlock.
Although, the Sandy Lane natives were fortunate to have ‘keeper John Rogers in fine form. The stopper made two fine stops in the opening half and kept Trim at bay despite being faced with a one-on-one scenario on the stroke of half-time.
And, after the break, Ward was involved in a move which ended with Aidan Curtin cleverly picking his spot in the bottom corner of the net with his right foot as Rock took the lead.
Thereafter, Trim used the gale force breeze at their backs to good effect, subjecting Rock to severe pressure. Rogers was immense, as too were Shane O’Callaghan and Paddy Reilly in central defence, but a leveller would eventually come when the hosts exploited an opening on the left flank.
Before the finish, Trim had a goal ruled out for handball, while Rock spurned two glorious chances. Nonetheless, the visitors were content with a point.
Rock Celtic: John Rogers; Liam McDonnell, Shane O’Callaghan, Paddy Reilly, Ódhrán Duffy; Fearghal McDonald, Éanna McArdle, Ronan Doherty, Aidan Curtin; Niall Donnelly, David Ward
Subs: Ed Maguire, Gary Lennon, Daniel Kerr, Brendan Rogers, Jason Mok