League leaders Bay United needed to win this midweek game to clinch the U11 Premier League title.
However third placed Ardee Celtic had other ideas as they inflicted a narrow 2-1 on United to set up a mouth watering showdown between Bay and second placed Quay Celtic at the Rock Road tonight. Kick-off is at 6.30pm.
This was only Bay United’s second defeat of the season, their previous defeat was also to Ardee Celtic and they will be very disappointed not to have clinched the league title considering the amount of chances they created on the night.
However they do have the opportunity to bounce back and make ammends in their final league game tonight.
The unpredictable weather took centre stage during this game with heavy snowfall making creative football very difficult for both sides but credit must be given to all the players for producing an entertaining game in bitterly cold conditions.
Bay United had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half and they laid siege to the Ardee goal for most of the first half but the ball just refused to go into the Ardee net on a very frustrating evening for the Bay players.
Opi Stephens, Michael Begley and Daniel Joyce all went close for the home side while Tom Jackson was narrowly wide for Ardee, but Jackson broke the deadlock just before half time when he headed home Calum McCabe’s free-kick to give the away team a shock lead.
The sides were level two minutes after the break when Bay finally got the ball into the Ardee net when Joseph Osobe scored from close range and it looked like Bay would take the lead six minutes later when Opi Stephens took on three defenders but just as he was about to shoot Daragh McCoy produced a last ditch tackle to prevent Stephens from scoring.
The lead goal failed to materialise and the inevitable happened when Ardee scored a second goal when Ryan Callan threaded a neat through ball into the path of Tom Jackson and the Ardee livewire slid the ball past David Odumosu.
Bay raised their game in search of an equaliser but it was not to be as Ardee held on for a narrow win.
Bay United U11: David Odumosu, Paddy O’Callaghan, Jack McGrory, Ben Goss, Sean Adegboye, Conor Brennan, Opi Stephens, William Opuko, Joseph Osobe, Daniel Joyce, Shane Tobin, Precious Kent, Sean Hill, Alan Jones, Michael Begley, Sean Flanagan.
Ardee Celtic U11: James McGuill, Dean Byrne, Daragh McCoy, Conor O’Brien, Jonathan Cummins, Tom Jackson, Calaum McCabeRyan Callan, Mark Doherty, Jack Phibs.