Muirhevna Mor's Micky O'Kane and Niall Sharkey of Ardee Celtic. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Tully Cup quarter-final
Ardee Celtic 0-4 Muirhevna Mor
Four goals in the final half hour sent holders Muirhevna Mor into the semi-finals of the Tully Cup in Ardee on Friday night.
Goals from Adrian Rafferty, Brendan Hughes, Gary Clarke and Vinny Smith meant Paudi Hearty’s charges booked a game with neighbours Bay FC in the competition’s last four - having defeated them en route to winning last season’s decider.
To compound matters, Ardee, who had completed strongly for an hour, finished the match with nine men following two dismissals.
Despite Micky O’Kane and Shawni Dowdall going close at either end, the match was scoreless at the interval and while the Deesiders began the second period brightly, with Gareth Kane firing over, the Blues took the lead through Rafferty’s close-range finish following a corner-kick delivery.
The gap was doubled with substitute Hughes’ first touch, a powerful effort finding a way past Stuart Reynolds. Ardee remonstrated with the official, claiming a foul on Robbie Reynolds in the build-up, and had their number reduced as a consequence.
Clarke and Smith rounded off the affair with third and fourth goals as Ardee’s season came to a disappointing climax.
Ardee Celtic: Stuart Reynolds, Robbie Reynolds, John Flanagan, Pierce Hawkins, Aaron Roche, Niall Sharkey, Niall Sharkey, John Bingham, Shawni Dowdall, Gareth Kane, Tristan Knowles, Bryan O’Connor
Subs: Hugh Murphy, Tommy Muckian, Killian Scott, Lorcan Malone
Muirhevna Mor: Michael Cooney; Brian Begley, Adrian Rafferty, Jimmy Cooney, Nathan Murphy; Colin Finan, Philip Duffy, Cody Magill, Gary Clarke; Martin Smith, Micky O’Kane
Subs: Brendan Hughes, Niall Hearty, Vinny Smith