Ardee Celtic U16s celebrated a hard fought and deserved victory over Roscommon side Hodson Bay Celtic at Oriel Park on Sunday.
The Athlone League leaders started the best and almost took an early lead but for a super diving save from Ardee keeper Ross McQuillan.
The visitors efforts soon paid off however as they took the lead through a deceptive looping cross which the wind caught and curled into the back of the net.
The goal seemed to spur the Ardee lads into life and it wasn’t long after before Podge McGowan fired home an impressive equaliser.
The momentum was now with the Deesiders and they pushed on to score both sides of the interval through James Carraher and McGowan once more.
The visitors rallied again scoring with 15 minutes to go but their revival was short lived with Ardee scoring almost from the restart when another James Carraher shot got deflected into the back of the net.
The win puts Ardee into the last 16 of the National Cup where they’ll face Home Farm in two weeks time.
Cork side do just enough to deny U15s
Ardee Celtic 0-1 Carrigaline United
Ardee Celtic U15s bowed out of the National Cup last Saturday, losing out to a strong Carrigaline United side in a thrilling last 32 encounter at Orile Park.
The match was closely contested throughout with chances at either end. Mikey Kelly and Aidan-Lee Martin both went close with shots in the first half for Ardee while keeper David Anderson pulled off some brilliant saves to deny the Cork Premier side.
Midway through the second half the visitors applied sustained pressure and managed to score what proved to be the decisive goal scrambling home a corner kick.
The Ardee lads dug deep and rallied again, putting in a heroic effort right to the final whistle. Their efforts were almost rewarded in the dying minutes when Cian Commins broke through the defence only to see his goal bound shot saved by the keeper.
Ardee Celtic: Eolann Aiken, David Anderson, Keith Boland, David Cluskey, Cian Commins, Dean Conlon, Dion Conlon, Shane Crosson, Aaron Devlin, Craig Keenan, Evan Keenan, Mikey Kelly, Phelim McQuillan, Brendan Mathews, Aidan-Lee Martin, Aaron Roche.