Glenmuir Celtic’s National Cup adventure finally ended on Sunday afternoon after two second half goals from David Kelly fired Kildare Town into the last 16 of the competition.
The Kildare team had to work hard for their victory on the Dundalk Sports Centre’s all weather pitch as Glenmuir battled and fought all the way before they had to accept defeat.
Kildare showed their intent early on with a Leon Tzaing shot testing Glenmuir keeper David Hayes in the 7th minute.
The visitors enjoyed plenty of possession but struggled to find some accuracy in front of goal and Hayes was hardly troubled in the opening half.
Jamie Doherty was defending superbly for Glenmuir, working tirelessly in an attempt to keep the impressive Lee Page from influencing the game.
Page did come very close to scoring in the 21st minute when, after a brilliant run, he crashed a powerful effort off the middle of the Glenmuir crossbar.
The home side had their best spell late in the first half and nearly took the lead on the half hour mark when Craig Lennon’s corner kick found the head of the unmarked Ciaran McMahon but his header went narrowly over the Kildare crossbar.
Kildare’s response was positive, Dean Heffernan ran on to a well placed through ball from James Ebbs and cut in from the right but his shot was too high to trouble David Hayes.
The deadlock was broken 15 minutes into the second-half when David Kelly’s free kick from distance found the top corner,
And it was Kelly who sealed the win for Kildare just three minutes later with a brilliant strike from inside the penalty area that gave Hayes no chance.
Glenmuir Celtic: David Hayes, Jamie Doherty, Tolani Animashaun, Conor Dunne, Ciaran McMahon, James McQuillan, Abdul Abubakar, Ryan McCormack, Michael Ekperuoh, Niall Cummins, Craig Lennon, Ginto Mazrimas, Emmanuel Kwelele, Jordan Traynor, Oisin Callan.