Four second half goals handed Shamrocks the perfect start to the new U17 league in Fatima on Saturday afternoon.
The result was somewhat unfair on the Ardee team that battled hard throughout.
The away side broke the deadlock a few minutes before the half-time whistle to take a deserved lead when Ciaran Malone won a free-kick on the edge of the Shamrocks penalty area and Gareth Kane curled an unstoppable effort to the corner of the Shamrocks net.
The home side struggled in the first half and created few chances, but all that changed early in the second half when a Ciaran McKeown cross found Adris Akinade in space and the Shamrocks striker headed home the equaliser.
They went 2-1 ahead 19 minutes into the second half when Fuad Animashaun set up Sheriff Ayoade who slotted the ball past Ardee ‘keeper Mark Leniby.
Shamrocks were now in full control and it was soon 3-1 when Ardee defender Josh Birchun upended Adris Akinade in the penalty area and Dean Browne hammered home the resulting penalty. Shamrocks then introduced Xhoraldo Giarceita and he made an immediate impact when he fired in a rasping effort from 25-yards but Mark Leniby produced a superb save.
However a lapse of concentration cost Ardee a fourth goal in the 65th minute when Dean Browne made it 4-1 when his long range effort deceived the Ardee ‘keeper and crept over the line. Ardee, to their credit, refused to throw in the towel but they were simply no match for the Fatima side’s second half performance.
Shamrocks: David Rogers, David Murphy, Ayo Kusi, Dan Mulligan, Conor Coleman, Sheriff Ayoade, Ciaran McKeown, Adris Akinade, Dean Browne, Xhoraldo Giarceita, Fuad Animashaun, Kennedy Eale, JJ Mulligan, Conor Faulkner.
Ardee Celtic: Mark Leniby, Jason Dullaghan, Jamie Carolan, Josh Birchun, John Matthews, Alan Caragher, Alex Marmion, Garth Kane, Boris Bajtd, Ciaran Malone, Aidan Lee.