A Craig Lennon goal 19 minutes into the first half proved to be the difference between these sides in this U14 Premier Division game on Sunday morning.
There was an element of luck with the goal as Ardee ‘keeper Mark Ward was unlucky after he had won the race to Abdul Abubmlar’s pass from mid-field but his clearance smashed off the back of Lennon who gratefully accepted the gift and rolled the ball into the empty net.
Ward did atone for his error minutes later to produce a brilliant save from another Lennon strike after the Glenmuir player got in behind the Ardee defence.
Neill Kerr threatened for Ardee on 22 minutes but it was the home side that finished the first half on top when Ryan McCormack’s pile driver was blocked by Ardee defender Evan Malone. Despite the terrible conditions on Sunday morning there was no shortage of commitment from both teams in the second half with possession shared equally.
Glenmuir looked to extend their lead; Michael Ekperuoh was a constant threat and was unlucky on several occasions while at the other end Ardee attacked in numbers looking for an equaliser. Tristan Knowles, Liam Jackson and Gavin McKenna all went close for Ardee but Glenmuir held for a hard earned three points from this entertaining game.
GLENMUIR CELTIC: David Hayes, Jamie Doherty, Tolani Animasahun, Connor Dunne, Ciaran McMahon, Jamie McQuillan, Abdul Abubakar, Ryan McCormack, Michael Ekperuoh, Niall Cummins, Craig Lennon, Jamie Farrell, Emmanuel Kwelele, Jordan Traynor, Oisin Callan.
ARDEE CELTIC: Mark Ward, John McMahon, Lorcan Donnelly, Evan Malone, Ben Phibbs, Gavin Kirk, Evan McKenna, Neill Kerr, Tristan Knowles, Ben Blackmore, Jordan Smith, Darragh Connolly, Killian McCoy, Aaron Durrigan.