Monday 24 June 2019

Faltering Ardee see promotion hopes shattered

Ardee Celtic failed to secure the win they needed to keep their promotion hopes alive at the Junction on Sunday as Dromin secured a play-off that could see them return to the Premier Division next season.

Dromin United 2 Ardee Celtic 1

The Deesiders' defeat to Abbey four days earlier meant that Dromin only required a draw and after a goal-less first half a mistake by Ardee netminder Niall Carrie handed the home side the lead as he let the ball slip from his grasp following a set-piece.

The away side kept up the pressure and went close to levelling when Robbie Reynolds had a shot saved by the Dromin netminder, but Dromin eventually doubled their advantage from a corner as their player was afforded a free header which beat Carrie.

Five minutes from time Ardee pulled a goal back from an exquisitely struck free kick and the woodwork came to Dromin's rescue twice at the death as Robbie Reynolds and Darren McMullan were denied.

Drogheda Independent