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Ardee Community School celebrate their U14 Moore Cup victory with coaches Dermot Campbell and Mark Gilsenan.

Ardee Community School celebrate their U14 Moore Cup victory with coaches Dermot Campbell and Mark Gilsenan.

Ardee Community School captain Fionn Coyle is presented with the U14 Moore Cup by Sean Hand, Louth GAA, following Friday’s victory over St Joseph’s CBS in Darver.

Ardee Community School captain Fionn Coyle is presented with the U14 Moore Cup by Sean Hand, Louth GAA, following Friday’s victory over St Joseph’s CBS in Darver.

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Ardee Community School celebrate their U14 Moore Cup victory with coaches Dermot Campbell and Mark Gilsenan.

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ARDEE CS 1-11

ST JOSEPH’S CBS 1-9

FRIDAY’S victory in the U14 Moore Cup final capped a fine week for football in Ardee Community School, having won the U16 Leinster B crown just four days earlier.

Mark Gilsenan’s boys had to do it the hard way against a St Joseph’s outfit that led for most of the way in dour, Darver conditions.

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‘Joeys’, who had previously halted St Mary’s bid for a clean sweep at domestic level, looked good for the title at half-time and for much of the second period, but the wind-aided Deesiders, while wasteful, looked to have finishers up the field and with Fionn Coyle, Tadhg Devaney and Luke Keenan ever so impressive in their delivery, scoring chances were plentiful.

DJ Matthews, Ardee’s diminutive livewire up front, certainly took the opening which came his way, soloing in from the left wing and hitting a cracking shot across goal and into the top corner of the net in the early stages of the second half.

Andrew O’Reilly was St Joseph’s main threat and his major during the first half had given the Drogheda school a 1-6 to 0-5 interval advantage, but their scoring rate dropped markedly into the gust and there was an air of inevitability about the outcome provided Ardee found their shooting boots.

The tangible impact of Donnacha Skinnader and flying substitute Cillian Duff kept Joeys competitive to the finish, but they were helpless even after Ardee’s Shane McMahon got his marching orders from ref David J McArdle.

With the game level, Patrick Balfe and Ciarán Titley got the match-winning scores as St Joseph’s, who had Adam McCabe sent off following yellow and black cards, saw their glory bid fall short. A thrilling set-to, full of endeavour and quality, was epitomised by a full-blooded collision between Ardee’s Coyle and Rian Hickey of St Joseph’s which left both boys sprawled on the ground in the dying embers. Thankfully, the pair got to their feet and played on.

ARDEE CS: Senan Lundon; Jonah Skelly, Flynn Markey, Max Halpenny; Shane McMahon, Conor Clinton, Shane Byrne; Fionn Coyle 0-1, Daragh Murphy 0-2; Tadhg Devaney 0-3, Luke Keenan 0-1, Karl Grimes; Cian Lane, Patrick Balfe 0-3, DJ Matthews 1-0. Subs: Ciarán Titley 0-1, Matthew Commins, Charlie Mc Bride. Not togged out: Cian Rooney, Patrick Reynolds, Olan Crosbie and Calum Caffrey.

ST JOSEPH’S CBS: Jonathan Whelehan; Enrique Devlin, Rian Hickey, Jamie O’Halloran; Adam McCabe, Cathal Mulholland, Joey Nally; Ewan Hoban, Donnacha Skinnader 0-3; Peter Harmon, Michael McGlew, Andrew O’Reilly 1-4; Callum Wogan, Oran McDonnell 0-1, Evan Clarke. Subs: Andrew McCarthy, Cillian Duff 0-1.

REFEREE: David J McArdle (St Bride’s).


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