Ardee shocked by clin­i­cal Glen­muir


Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

GLEN­MUIR United caused an up­set in this Un­der-12 Pre­mier clash, but ma­te­ri­ally it changed lit­tle in that Ardee are guar­an­teed to take third place in the stand­ings.

Rather, the re­sult was a boost to Glen­muir’s morale and a dent to the pride of the Deesiders who started the brighter and had more of the at­tack­ing play in the first half.

How­ever, from far fewer at­tack­ing in­cur­sions the home side were far more clin­i­cal.

They scored from both their main op­por­tu­ni­ties, and might have added a third from the other dangerous at­tack that they mounted, and that’s what earned them the points.

If any­thing, Glen­muir were the more likely team in the sec­ond half to add to their to­tal through the skil­ful play of Ben­jamin Dada, the small­est player on the field. He twice came ever so close to scor­ing, hav­ing one ef­fort dis­al­lowed for off­side and be­ing de­nied on an­other oc­ca­sion when Ardee goal­keeper Sean De­van­ney tipped a goal-bound shot onto the post.

The home side re­pelled early pres­sure from Ardee to re­ply in the best pos­si­ble man­ner, with Daniel Bro­gan chip­ping the ball over the Ardee goal­keeper from a tight an­gle near the end­line when he was set free to the right of goal af­ter six min­utes.

Glen­muir net­min­der Oran Mul­li­gan beat the speed­ing Matthew Kane in a chase to the ball in­side the home box be­fore United rocked the Deesiders with a sec­ond goal.

Dada got free in­side the Ardee penalty box for the Dee­side goal­keeper to deny him with a point­blank save, but the ball broke to Ed­ward Fin­negan to loft his shot into the net from a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion from the left of goal.

Two min­utes later, in the 21st minute, Ardee hit back. A high free kick from in­side his half by Ryan Halpenny tempted Mul­li­gan off his line, but he hes­i­tated and that al­lowed the dangerous Kane, run­ning into the box, to head it over him into the un­guarded net.

Ardee had a close call when Fin­negan closed in on a cross at the near post, only for his ef­fort un­der pres­sure to go nar­rowly wide.

Dada pro­duced a lovely piece of skill af­ter the break, but De­vaney did well to get a hand to his high shot to de­flect it onto the post.

Mul­li­gan then bravely de­nied Kane, and it was Ardee’s turn to breathe a big sigh of re­lief as the home side had the vis­i­tors’ de­fence in a ter­ri­ble tan­gle as they broke free down the left.

De­vaney pro­duced a great save from a close-range shot by Fin­negan, and when Dada prod­ded home the loose ball the ref­eree blew for off­side.

Twice, Kane had op­por­tu­ni­ties to equalise as he broke through into the home box, but first he sliced a shot well wide, and then couldn’t di­rect a vol­ley on tar­get from in front of goal.

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