Ardee Celtic’s U16 Premier Division title hopes are well and truly alive after a hard fought away victory in Glenmuir on Sunday afternoon.
The solitary goal courtesy of Cian Commins 27 minutes into the first half proved vital for Ardee’s under strength side in ensuring they are still in with a chance to winning the title.
Glenmuir had all the early possession and the majority of the chances on goal but they struggled to penetrate Ardee’s well organised defence with David Cluskey and Shane Crosson both outstanding.
Glenmuir’s best chance of the first half was a Chinedu Osadebe free kick that was superbly tipped over the post by David Anderson.
The deadlock was broken after a needless foul on Eolain Aiken which earned Ardee a free kick 25-yards from goal and the resulting free by Commins took a wicked bounce over the head of the diving Oisin Finn.
Glenmuir pressed early in the second half searching for a goal with Chris Sweeney and Cillian Cunningham going close but Aaron Devlin and Aidan Lee Martin were everywhere for Ardee, patrolling the midfield and breaking up Glenmuir attacks.
Ardee should have extended their lead on 64 minutes when Eolain Aiken set up Desmond Jibona but the striker dragged his shot wide of the post.
Liam Lynch and Cillian Cunningham had chances saved by Ardee ‘keeper David Anderson in the dying minutes but Ardee held on for a deserved win.
GLENMUIR UNITED: Oisin Finn, Killian Kempes, Ryan Smith, Shane Breen, Paul McCrave, Usna Kelleher, Ciaran Carter, Liam Lynch, Cillian Cunningham, Brendan Shields, Chinedu Osadebe, Michael Mullen, Chris Sweeney.
ARDEE CELTIC: David Anderson, David Cluskey, Shane Crosson, Eolain Aiken, Aidan Lee Martin, Aaron Devlin, Cian Commins, John Gallagher, Andrew Clarke, Desmond Jibona, Neill Kerr, Shane Dowdall.
REFEREE: Eoin Quigley.