Hat-trick hero JP trims the Royals
Trim Celtic 1
I Keenan 43
Westport Utd 3
JP O’Gorman 43, 67, 79
ON Summerhill Road in Trim, a short distance from the local soccer club’s home ground, there’s a depiction of Lemuel Gulliver, tied down by hordes of tiny Lilliputians. Anyone familiar with the work of Jonathan Swift will know that Gulliver’s imprisonment didn’t last. And Trim Celtic found that JP O’Gorman couldn’t be contained either.
Having scored four goals against Aughannagh Celtic last Sunday week, the Ballinrobe man bagged a hat-trick in Tully Park seven days later. Unlike Jonathan Swift (who ministered to a congregation at nearby Laracor), the striker is unlikely to have a satire festival named after him, but maybe an O’Gorman Street is a possibility if he keeps this up. The Covies are now into the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup and are clearly a force to be reckoned with.
“We were very happy with it,” United joint manager James Fahy said afterwards. “Obviously an away trip like this is always a hard game to win, but the lads really turned up, and we got a great result. [It was] a great performance … by everyone.
There was a decent welcome for Westport from the large travelling support, and they drew first blood four minutes from half time. O’Gorman finished clinically after good work on the left from David Hoban, but unfortunately their efforts were undone when Trim equalised two minutes later. Ian Keenan, dangerous throughout, headed home after a decent delivery from the left by captain James Goggins.
It was still 1-1 at the break, which was probably about right. Hoban had the bulk of Westport’s chances, drawing a good save from Danny Connell with a shot on the turn, firing just wide after carving out an opportunity on the edge of the box, and firing over with a scissors kick from close range.
But the lightning fast opening period, played on a fine surface, was far from one-way traffic. Trim’s Ian Keenan blazed wide when aiming for the top corner after a defence-splitting pass from Derek Donohoe, who later shot over after Keenan turned provider. Aaron Ryan’s effort was also off target, United goalkeeper Gary Cunningham was called upon to dive at the feet of Craig Peppard, and Westport’s Joe Lawless made one vital interception too.
The rain which finally emerged in the first half sent people scuttling for shelter at half time, though it ceased again early in the second half, shortly before David Hoban’s rasper came off the crossbar. Alan Kirwan’s Trim side had two decent chances before Westport re-established their lead – Derek Donohoe headed over from Keith Jones’ delivery, while Mick Corrigan’s long-range effort went over the bar.
The game was approaching the three-quarter stage when Dave Cameron’s pass released O’Gorman, who kept his composure in a one-on-one situation and slipped the ball past the advancing Danny Connell and into the far corner of the net. It was a textbook finish, and the same pair combined again soon after, but O’Gorman’s cross was just too far ahead of Hoban.
Trim sub Daryl Kelly fired wide after the ball broke on the left before the clinching goal arrived in the 79th minute. Philip Keegan dispossessed another Trim sub, Ryan Keenan, before perfectly teeing up O’Gorman for his third goal. Game, set and man-of-the-match award. It was at this point that Stephen Cowley made the inspired suggestion for the headline above. When the hat-trick hero was substituted late on, he left the field to a huge ovation.
“It was a tight game,” said Fahy. “The first half was very even – both teams played very well. In the second half, I thought we started to dominate a bit more. We got on the ball a bit more, we got the ball into wide areas … and we were able to create more chances.”
D Connell, K Jones, J Goggins, D Clark, S Fitzgerald, C Peppard, A Ryan, M Corrigan, D Donohoe, M Leavy, I Keenan.
Subs used: R Keenan for S Fitzgerald (55 mins); D Kelly for M Leavy (60 mins) A Newman for Peppard (82 mins).
G Cunningham, S Tagg, J O’Donnell, J Lawless, M Geraghty, D Cameron, P Keegan, P Fitzgerald, D Hoban, JP O’Gorman, J Fallon.
Subs used: D Scahill for J Fallon (64 mins); K Joyce for P Fitzgerald (88 mins); P Moran for JP O’Gorman (89 mins).
Referee: J Dyas (Louth)