Ardee Celtic advanced to the last 16 of the SFAI U16 National Cup after this tremendous 5-1 win over Newbridge Town at Townspark, Ardee on Sunday afternoon.
Two goals from Eolain Aiken and strikes from David Cluskey, Dion Conlon and Eimhin Keenan gave the Ardee Celtic side a comfortable win and a brilliant penalty save by David Anderson early in the second half at a crucial time of the game added to the victory.
Ardee started well with Cian Commins testing the Newbridge goalkeeper after three minutes and they went ahead on 12 minutes with a superb effort from David Cluskey.
The Ardee defender didn’t look to have much on when a Commins corner kick dropped to his feet just outside the penalty area but he managed to curl a sublime effort over the Newbridge keeper into the top corner.
Cian Costigan flashed a shot wide of the Ardee post three minutes later and the same Newbridge striker equalised in the 16th minute when he buried a right footed shot past Anderson but Ardee went back in front after another Commins corner caused havoc in the Newbridge defence and Conlon hooked the ball over the stranded keeper.
It got even better for the home side shortly after with Commins once again sending in a perfect delivery from a corner-kick for Eimhin Keenan to fire home at the near post.
Ardee extended their lead five minutes before half-time when Aiden Lee Martin sent Eolain Aiken racing clear and he calmly slotted home with the outside of his right foot for a superb goal to put Ardee 4-1 ahead.
The visitors earned a penalty after four minutes of the second half but David Anderson produced a brilliant one handed save from Brian Nolan’s spot kick.
Minutes later, a swift attack from Ardee led to a fifth goal to seal the outcome when Aiken sent a diving header past the Newbridge ‘keeper.
Ardee Celtic are now just one game away from the quarter-final and their reward is a home draw in the sixth round to St Kevin’s Boys.
Ardee Celtic: David Anderson, David Cluskey, Brendan Matthews, Aaron Roche, Dion Conlon, Shane Crosson, Eolain Aiken, Eimhin Keenan, Aidan Lee Martin, Aaron Devlin, Cian Commins, Craig Corrigan, Josh Thompson, Shaun Dowdall, John Gallagher.