Leinster Junior Cup
Capital punishment experts Ardee Celtic made it a hat trick of Dublin cup scalps as they beat the most famous of amateur cup sides on Friday night.
Having defeated Premier A side Kilmore Celtic in the FAI Junior and St Kevin’s Boys in the Leinster Junior in recent weeks Ardee beat former FAI Senior Cup finalists and current LSL Major 1 Sunday outfit St Francis on Friday.
The win means Ardee have now reached the fourth round of the two biggest junior cups.
The home side got off to the perfect start and took the lead via the spot. James McMullen was brought down in the area and Robbie Reynolds found the top corner from the resulting spot kick.
Francis settled into the tie and probably had the better of the chances in the first half, but Ardee went in a goal to the good at the break.
Francis started the second half well and only a brilliant Stuart Reynolds save prevented them from restoring parity.
Within minutes the home side got the breathing space they desired and needed as Oisin McGee volley home at the back post from a corner.
Ross Gaynor then saw a close range effort well saved as the hosts looked to put the result beyond doubt. With seven minutes remaining Ardee finally made sure when Ross Gaynor gave centre half Nial Sharkey a pass to chase and the out of position player beat the keeper to the ball and finished into an empty net.
Francis did pull one back late on, but it was Ardee’s night and they progress to the next round.
Celtic, who were once managed by Trevor Molloy, will be hoping to make it four cup wins over Dublin opposition this term when they take on Collinstown for the right to meet Clonmel in the open draw of the FAI Junior Cup next week.