A superb strike 12 minutes into the second half from Cian Commins gave Ardee Celtic victory in the Martin ‘Buster’ McGee U15 Cup final in the first of the cup finals in Bellew Park on Saturday afternoon.
The rain poured down in this game but despite the conditions both sides served up an exciting encounter.
Premier Division champions Ardee Celtic were clear favourites going in to the game and they had to be patient as Walshestown attacked from the start to try and establish the upper hand in the game.
Walshestown will count themselves to be extremely unlucky in the 7th minute not to have taken an early lead when Sam Mulroy played a clever one-two with Aaron Scullion, ending with Mulroy flashing a stinging shot narrowly wide of the Ardee post.
Walshestown were causing problems in the Ardee defence and Mulroy went close again in the 10th minute with a shot from outside the penalty area.
Ardee Celtic soon settled and started to show their league winning form. A long kick out by David Anderson was knocked on by Aidan Lee Martin into the path of Eolann Aiken but he delayed his shot and Walshestown ‘keeper David Anderson was able to clear the ball away to safety.
Two more chances quickly followed by Evan Keenan and Aaron Roche as Ardee began to grow into the game and take more control and in the 31st minute Aaron Devlin headed over after Shane Crosson skipped past the full back and sent over a perfect cross.
Walshestown responded well with Lee Kelly darting up the left and passing to Aaron Scullion who fired in a superb effort that beat Ardee ‘keeper David Anderson but went inches wide of the post.
Ardee broke the deadlock in the 12th minute of the second half when Dion Conlon’s accurate cross found the unmarked Cian Commins and he fired past Ronan Brown into the bottom corner.
Eolann Aiken nearly doubled the advantage soon after with a snap shot but this time Ronan Brown dived low and turned Aiken’s shot around the post.
Walshestown went in search of an equaliser but they were unable to penetrate the well organised Ardee defence and although Padhraic O’Donoghue went close in the 27th minute when he headed over Jack Latuis’s corner it was Ardee who came closest to extending their lead when Aaron McCabe forced Brown into a stunning save in the final minute.
WALSHESTOWN: Ronan Brown, Jack Latuis, Shane McCabe, Padhraic O’Donoghue, Paddy McCrave, Klodjan Liltaj, Sam Mulroy, Jack McCarthy, Ryan Nolan, Aaron Scullion, Lee Kelly, Keith Caltagle, Evan McCrave, Joe Corrigan, Tony Smith.
ARDEE CELTIC: David Anderson, David Cluskey, Brendan Matthews, Aaron Roche, Mikey Kelly, Shane Crosson, Eolann Aiken, Evan Keenan, Aidan Lee Martin, Aaron Devlin, Cian Commins, Keith Boland, Dion Conlon, John Gallagher, Craig Corrigan, Dean Conlon, Aaron McCabe, David Bothwell.