Glenmuir United put themselves right back in the U15 Premier Division title race with this narrow victory over Ardee Celtic at Glenmuir Park on Friday evening.
Both sides have now finished level with 34 points each and will have to play again to decide this season’s title.
Ardee only needed a point from this game to win the league but a 21st minute strike by Chinedu Osadebe was the difference between the teams.
Osadebe finished brilliantly with his right foot from eight yards after controlling Cillian Cunningham’s deep cross, he lobbed the ball over the last Ardee defender to slam the ball past David Anderson.
This was the first real clear cut chance of a tense first half. Ardee were slow to settle and Evan Keenan tested Mark Byrne in the 12th minute but it was Glenmuir who had the majority of possession and deservedly went in at half time 1-0 ahead.
Dion Conlon threatened for Ardee four minutes into the second half but Mark Byrne comfortably saved Conlon’s effort as the visitors came more and more into the game.
Glenmuir looked nervous and needed a second goal and they nearly got it in the 21st minute when Jonathan Culleton’s free-kick was blocked by Ardee ‘keeper David Anderson and the rebound fell kindly for Killian Kempes but his shot flashed wide of the Ardee goals.
At the other end Eolain Aiken’s superb effort was an inch wide of the Glenmuir goals as Ardee pressed for the equaliser that could earn them the league title.
There was more drama right at the end as Ardee were awarded a free-kick just outside the Glenmuir penalty area. Cian Commins found the unmarked Evan Keenan but his goal bound header was cleared off the line by Chris Sweeney.
GLENMUIR UNITED: Mark Byrne, Killian Kempes, Ryan Smyth, Shane Breen, Conor Conroy, Usna Kelleher, Chris Sweeney, Liam Lynch, Jonathan Culleton, Cillian Cunningham, Brendan Shiels, Ciaran Carter, Michael Mullen, Caoimhin Leonard, Chinedu Osadebe, Paul McCrave.
ARDEE CELTIC: David Anderson, David Cluskey, Brendan Matthews, John Gallagher, Mikey Kelly, Shane Crosson, Eolain Aiken, Aiden Lee Martin, Aaron Devlin, Cian Commins, Craig Corrigan, Dion Conlon, Dean Conlon, Keith Boland, Shawn Dowdall, Aaron McCabe, Phelim McQuillan.
Dundalk FC Lotto
THERE was no winner of last week’s DFC Lotto. The winning numbers drawn were 10, 16, 22 and 27. There was two match three winners who receive €75 each - Tony Curran c/o M Shields; Theresa Clarke c/o K Rice.