Reilly's men see off Oldcastle in fine style
Finally Trim made it across the line and won the IFC when they defeated Oldcastle 3-12 to 0-7 in the final at Pairc Tailteann today while St Vincent's held off a late surge from Dunsany to take the junior title on a 1-4 to 0-6 scoreline.
Painful defeats in the 2019 and 2020 finals might have convinced the more pessimistic among Trim's supporters they had missed the boat.
However, the ghosts of finals past were dispelled and sent on their way when Kevin Reilly's troops conjured up a rousing display to comprehensively defeat the north Meath side.
Trim led 2-4 to 0-5 at the interval thanks partly to goals from Eoin O'Connor and Declan Dowling.
They never looked seriously threatened thereafter. Helped by the strong breeze they continued to steadily add to their account with Aaron Lynch firing home a third goal.
Lynch also hit four points while O'Connor (two), Alan Douglas (two), Rob Bourke, Ciaran Caulfield, Daire Lynch and James Toher also raised white flags for the winners.
Robert Farrelly hit three points for Oldcastle who struggled to get a foothold in the game. They had their chances but couldn't take them and lost all momentum.
Scores from Farrrelly and Patrick Rahill was all they could muster in the second-half as Trim marched to a cherished victory.
In the curtain-raiser at Pairc Tailtenn St Vincent's scored the only goal of the JFC final and returned home with the Peter McDermott Cup.
The goal arrived just before the break when Eric Callaghan finished off a sweeping move.
At one stage in the second-half St Vincent's led by five but Dunsany came storming back in the closing stages and with the help of three points from Shane Walshe they reduced the deficit to the minimum but couldn't get the equaliser.
Nigel Hand fired over two points for the winners with Callaghan also pointing.
Match reports, quotes and photographs from the JFC and IFC finals in next issue of the Meath Chronicle