Ardee Celtic booked their place in the U15 Martin McGee Cup final after a narrow 1-0 win over Glenmuir United last Saturday in Townparks, Ardee.
This was the third encounter between the two sides in as many weeks. Ardee edged the league play-off on penalties the previous weekend so the scene was set for Glenmuir to gain retribution in the cup.
High winds made conditions difficult but helped Ardee apply sustained pressure throughout the first half.
The home side created a number of early efforts with Evan Keenan hitting the woodwork, Aaron Devlin firing just over, while Cian Commins was unlucky to see his shot cleared off the line by Glenmuir captain Ciaran Carter.
The breakthrough finally came, just before the interval, through Ardee midfielder Aaron Roche who kept his cool to chip the outcoming keeper and score what proved to be the crucial winning goal.
Glenmuir rallied well in the second half and went close with shots from Ryan Smith, Liam Lynch, and Christopher Sweeney but Ardee’s keeper David Anderson was on form and made some vital saves while defenders Brendan Matthews and Shane Crosson made numerous tackles and blocks.
Chinedu Osadebe had a great chance for the visitors when he latched on to a rebound but his shot went just over.
The Deesiders had chances too at the other end with Aidan-Lee Martin and David Cluskey creative on the break and Dion Conlon going close.
In the end it was Ardee who held out for a hard earned and deserved win. They will now face the winners of Walshestown v Carlingford who play their semi-final on Thurday.
ARDEE CELTIC: Eolann Aiken, David Anderson, Keith Boland, Michael Bothwell, Cian Commins, Dean Conlon, Dion Conlon, Craig Corrigan, David Cluskey, Shane Crosson, Aaron Devlin, Mikey Kelly, Evan Keenan, Aaron McCabe, Phelim McQuillan, Aiden-Lee Martin, Brendan Matthews, Aaron Roche.
GLENMUIR UNITED: Mark Byrne, Killian Kempes, Ryan Smyth, Shane Breen, Conor Conroy, Usna Kelleher, Chris Sweeney, Liam Lynch, Jonathan Culleton, Cillian Cunningham, Brendan Shiels, Ciaran Carter, Michael Mullen, Caoimhin Leonard, Chinedu Osadebe, Paul McCrave, Oisin Finn.