Ardee Celtic, playing their first game under new manager and ex-Drogheda United player Darryl Mooney, shocked Premier Division outfit Trim Celtic to advance in the FAI Junior Cup.
The home side started brilliantly and were well on top from the get go, missing a host of opportunities to take the lead with Shaun O’Connor having three excellent chances to score and William Woods spurning two more.
It was O’Connor who broke the deadlock on 20 minutes, though, when he finished off a well worked move and Ardee quickly added a second courtesy of Woods. He side stepped a defender and finished with a powerful low drive from the edge of the box.
The Deesiders were dealt a huge blow when Oisin McGee received a straight red card after an altercation with a Trim striker five minutes before half-time.
Ardee still had time for one more effort, Woods with a fine turn and shot that the Trim goalkeeper managed to touch onto the post.
The second-half saw Trim awarded a penalty for an off the ball incident but Alex Reilly pulled off an excellent save from a well struck penalty.
Trim pulled one back on 70 minutes when Aaron Ryan followed up after some good defending but although they threw everything at Ardee in the last 15 minutes, Mooney’s men defended brilliantly and held out for a 2 1 win.
ARDEE CELTIC: Alex Reilly, Mikey Nulty, Oisin McGee, Alan Connor, Ciaran Flynn, Shaun O’Connor, Jonathan Deegan, Paul Carrie, Jamie McCormack (Robbie Reynolds), Bernard Osborne, William Woods.