Ronan Cunningham and Tiernan Crosby were on target with a goal in each half as Quay Celtic U17’s recorded their fourth win of the season in this mid-week encounter with Ardee Celtic under lights in Clancy Park.
Ardee had the better of the opening exchanges, BJ Matthews and Josh Bishop had two efforts well saved by Vincent Smith and Gareth Kane fired over from close range all in the first 15 minutes.
The home side finally settled and Crosby set up Luke McArdle in the 23rd minute but McArdle fired wide of the target. The same Quay Celtic striker was unlucky minutes later when he latched on to a Dean O’Donnell pass but Ardee ‘keeper Lorcan Mallon produced a terrific save.
The deadlock was broken in the 29th minute with a brilliant Cunningham strike from all of 25 yards that flew into the roof of the Ardee net.
Eolain Aiken had a good chance early in the second half to equalise for Ardee but his shot was too high to trouble Smith .
The home side doubled their advantage 13 minutes after the break with a Crosby shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Quay Celtic had to withstand a lot of pressure after that and central defenders Dean O’Donnell and Graham Kearns made numerous timely interventions as Ardee Celtic pressed and pressed but they were left frustrated.
Ardee did go close to scoring in the 63rd minute when Josh Bishop’s excellent shot was matched by a super diving one-handed save from Vincent Smith. Other than that, the away side had to be content with strikes from outside the box and free-kicks, none of which were on target as Quay held on to deservedly earn all three points.
QUAY CELTIC: Vincent Smith, Josh Curtis Larkin, Adam Brannigan, Adam Mully, Dylan O’Callaghan, Ronan Cunningham, Ryan Washington, Dean O’Donnell, Luke McArdle, Tiernan Crosby, Dylan Curran, Graham Kearns, Dereck Ani, Kelvin Kelly, Stephen Coleman.
ARDEE CELTIC: Lorcan Mallon, Jason Dullaghan, Jack Duffy, Josh Bishop, Alex Marmion, James Carolan, Gareth Kane, Tommy Molloy, Jack Duffy, BJ Matthews, Alan Caragher, Eolain Aiken, David Cluskey, Shane Crosson.