Last year’s U11 runners-up, Glenmuir United and third placed Ardee Celtic served up an entertaining game of football on Sunday morning in Glenmuir Park.
Both sides went close early on, Emmanuel Adegbegri smashed a shot off the post for Glenmuir in the second minute and two minutes later Christopher Woods was inches wide at the other end.
The home side took the lead in the 17th minute when Adegbegri slotted past the advancing Ardee goalkeeper Josh Finlay but the sides was soon level when Trevor Kelly’s brilliant free-kick from 30-yards found the top corner of the Glenmuir net with a terrific strike.
At this stage there was little to suggest that the home side would go on to take the three points with both sides attacking in numbers on every available occasion in the first 30 minutes but it was Glenmuir who upped the tempo in the second period. Glenmuir’s no 10, Joshua Ekperuoh, was the player that did all the damage. He put the home side back in front when he jinked his way past several Ardee defenders and rifled the ball past Josh Finlay.
Ardee pressed for an equaliser and Trevor Kelly forced an opportunity but Glenmuir defender Lesley Ejhagle was on the goal line to hook the ball away to safety.
The points were made safe for Glenmuir 12 minutes from time when Harry Graham finished off a pass from Justin Umeri.
Glenmuir United: Jimmy Farrelly, Barry Kehoe, Aaron Markey, Justin Umeri, Lesley, Ejhagle, Mayowa Animashaun, Jesse Nwabueze, Benas Lukosevicid, Joshua Ekperuoh, Harry Graham.
Ardee Celtic: Josh Finlay, Harry Butler, Conor McNally, Trevor Farrell, Ciaran McConnon, Adam Farrell, Trevor Kelly, Christopher Kelly, Christopher Woods, Tony Frances, David Jibona, David Doyle.
Referee: James Everard.