Comfortable quarter-final win for Trim
Trim advanced to the last four of the IFC with a facile 22-point victory over Dunderry at Pairc Tailteann today.
The 4-18 to 0-8 scoreline adequately reflects the pattern of a game where each side finished with 14 men.
There was nothing positive that Dunderry could take out of what was a totally one-sided contest once play resumed after the first water break.
At that stage the Dunderry men were ahead by a point, 0-4 to 0-3, following an encouraging opening quarter.
Wind-assisted Dunderry had points on the board from a Stephen Coogan brace, one free and one '45' with Mark Kane and Luke Martyn on target from play.
Trim just didn't produce anything of note in that period and were somewhat fortunate that they had a forward of the calibre of Aaron Lynch who sent over from play and a free with Mikey Cullen also splitting the posts.
The remainder of the contest turned into the Lynch and Cullen show as the duo added a further 4-10 between them.
When play resumed after that water break Dunderry lost Conor Dempsey to a black card, but the numbers were back to 14-a-side soon after when Trim's Daire Lynch departed on a permanent basis after collecting a second yellow card.
The fact that Dunderry didn't score between the 10th minute and the 30th minute also speaks volumes of the way that Trim took control and eased into a 1-9 to 0-5 interval advantage.
Three Lynch points, a goal and two points from Cullen and a James Toher free had Trim in the comfort zone - all Dunderry could muster in response was that 30th minute point from Coogan.
Trim kept the initiative in the second-half with Lynch claiming the first of his three goals ahead of the second water break as he helped his side to a 2-14 to 0-7 lead by the three-quarter stage.
Dunderry lost Conor Dempsey soon after the second-half resumed when he was yellow-carded which translated into red due to the earlier black card.
At 14-a-side each there was no way back for Dunderry and they just gave up in the final quarter as Trim eased off the gas and made the best of an almost effortless victory.
With a quality player like Aaron Lynch in the full-forward position and with strength-in-depth throughout the team they will surely approach the semi-final against Walterstown with plenty of confidence, but not too much that might be detrimental.
Trim - Aaron Lynch 3-8 four frees; Mikey Cullen 1-5; James Toher 0-3 one free; Brian Dowling 0-1; Paul Munnelly 0-1.
Dunderry - Stephen Coogan 0-5 two frees, two '45s'; Alan Watters 0-1; Mark Kane 0-1; Luke Martyn 0-1.
Trim - Peter Farrell; Gerard Dwane, Luke Moran, Declan Dowling; Daire Lynch, James Toher, Ciaran O'Rourke; Conor Quigley, Sean Fitzgerald; Rob Bourke, Alan Douglas, Ciaran Caulfield; Mikey Cullen, Aaron Lynch, Eoin O'Connor. Subs - Ian Bermingham for O'Connor half-time, Ciaran Joyce for Fitzgerald 46 mins, Brian Dowling for Cullen 50m, Ben Holden for Bourke 51m, Paul Munnelly for Douglas 53m.
Dunderry - Sean Brennan; Sean Traynor, Conor Dempsey, Simon Carty; Ronan Brady, Morgan Callaghan, Aaron Newman; Conor Farrell, Liam Dempsey; Conor O'Shea, Luke Martyn, Mark Kane; Dermot Kelly, Conor Daly, Stephen Coogan. Subs - Patrick Kennelly for Kelly half-time, Jordan Martin for Daly 38 mins, Alan Watters for Kane and Conor Leavy for O'Shea both 50m.
Referee - Padraig Coyle (Seneschalstown); linesmen - Jason Plunkettt, Paul Mooney.