Ardee St Marys secured top spot in their Louth GAA Minor Championship group this evening without having to kick a ball. The youngsters were awarded a walkover with, no scheduled match with a St Brides/Roche Emmets combination being played.
That means the Marys Under 18s were able to finish top of Group 2 with six points – despite taking to the field just once, their 2-15 to 0-12 win away at St Mochtas three weeks ago. They were also awarded the points in a walkover victory over Wolfe Tones, who didn’t field at all in the group.
The Blues prepared for the game knowing they needed to avoid defeat to guarantee top spot in in Group 2. After defeat to the Mochtas, the Roche/Brides combination only came into the game with a chance of progress based on their walkover award for the game with Tones.
As it stands, another walkeover, this time against them, ended their Championship interest for another and meant the Marys finished top of the pile. They progress to the quarter-finals now alongside St Mochtas.
In the minor side’s one outing in the Championship group, Conor Gillespie hit 1-03 and Andrew Bingham 1-01, while Carl Gillespie, Jonathan Commins and Shane Matthews all contributed 0-03 as the Marys overcame a half time deficit to win comfortably in Louth Village.
Cooley Kickhams, Geraldines, Dreadnots, St Fechins, Naomh Mairtin and Dundalk Gaels complete the quarter-final line up.