Trim Celtic emerged from Claremont Stadium this evening with a 3-1 NEFL Challenge Cup win against hosts Parkvilla in a thriller.
This was an action-packed encounter that produced four goals, three red cards and a missed Parkvilla penalty on the hour.
DEREK COOGAN WAS NOT DISMISSED FROM THE SIDELINE AS STATED BELOW - APOLOGIES DEREK
Parkvilla's manager Derek Coogan was also dismissed from the sidline as the clock ticked down in hectic closing stages although it was Trim who finished with nine players.
However, it all started positively for Parkvilla and they took the lead on 17 minutes when Joey Moran-Lynagh curled a free into the top corner (See viceo clip)
JOEY MORAN LYNAGH GOAL FOR PARKVILLA
Parkvilla enjoyed periods of dominance in the opening half, but Trim always looked like they were capable of taking control.
Trim prospects were boosted when Parkvilla's Lee Fahy was red-carded (second yellow) on 30 minutes, but Cillien Corcoran headed an equalising chance wide close to the interval.
Parkvilla's 10 men were well worth the interval advantage, but that lead was wiped in the 59th minute when Colm Carney finsihed to the net for Trim Celtic (see video clip).
COLM CARNEY GOAL FOR TRIM CLETIC
However, Parkvilla had a chnace to take control when Trim's Rob Dillon was red-carded and a penalty awarded a minute late, but Lar Ivors missed from the spot.
To say it was missed is not really accurate as it was superbly saved by Trim's young goalkeeper Jake Clifford-Peppard (see video clip)
JAKE CLIFFORD-PEPPARD PENALTY SAVE
Now at 10-a-side it was an open game and Trim made the breakthrough and regained the lead when Conor Walsh finished a rebounded effort with 15 minutes remaining.
Trim were reduced to nine when Ciaran O'Connell departed, Parkvilla then had penalty claims waved away and that signalled the nexit of ma ager Derek Coogan.
To make matters worse for Parkvilla, Trim Celtic scored a third goal before the end.
An exciting night at Claremont Stadium as the big two clubs in Meath delived 90 minutes of action and incident for the large crowd.
See next edition of Meath Chronicle for full report, reaction from the managers and photographs.