In-form Ardee send out a loud title warning
Published 06/03/2013 | 05:20
ARDEE Celtic continued their unbeaten run at the top of the Premier League with a convincing win over second placed Glenmuir Utd last Saturday in Townparks.
Last season's title holders Glenmuir travelled to Ardee needing a result to stay in contention but it was the home side who got off to the best start with Eolann Aiken firing them in front after five minutes when his left foot shot found the bottom corner.
Soon after Aaron Devlin doubled the lead for the Deesiders after a superb through ball from Aidan-Lee Martin put him in one on one with the keeper and from there Devlin made no mistake.
The visitors took a while to find their stride but they rallied midway through the first half with Christopher Sweeney looking threatening in possession. However, their efforts suffered a further set back just before the interval when David Cluskey's cross come shot curled into the net putting Ardee three up and leaving Glenmuir with a mountain to climb.
Ardee continued to dictate proceedings in the second half with Dion Conlon impressing in midfield while Aaron Roche, Brendan Matthews, Mikey Kelly, and Shane Crosson were all rock solid in defence.
David Anderson had a quiet time between the posts but reacted quickly when needed to deny any Glenmuir chances.
The hom side went on to score twice more in the latter stages. Cian Commins scored his third goal in three games netting the rebound from a super long range strike from Evan Keenan which the keeper could only parry.
Then Craig Corrigan came off the bench and marked his return from a lengthy injury lay-off with his first goal for the side converting a corner kick with a tunderbolt strike.
The win extends Ardee's lead at the top of the table to eight points just past the halfway stage in the season.
Ardee Celtic: Eolann Aiken, David Anderson, Keith Boland, David Cluskey, Cian Commins, Dean Conlon, Dion Conlon, Craig Corrigan, Shane Crosson, Aaron Devlin, Evan Keenan, Mikey Kelly, Aaron McCabe, Phelim McQuillan, Brendan Mathews, Aidan-Lee Martin, Aaron Roche.