The Road to the Aviva Stadium got that little bit shorter for Ardee Celtic courtesy of their 4-0 win over Ballyogan Celtic on Sunday last – and now the Townparks team have a home tie to look forward in round three of the prestigious junior cup competition.
The draw for the third round of the cup took place on Wednesdsay and Celtic have been paired with Dublin outfit Kilmore Celtic. It is sure to be a very tough ask for the Ardee side, with Kilmore having started the season in fine fashion in the AUL Division One.
With two wins and a draw from their opening three games, they have acquitted themselves well after jumping two two grades in a summer reshuffle of the league system. Only perennial FAI Junior Cup chasers Sheriif YC and Usher Celtic sit above Willie Henry’s North Dublin outfit.
The trip to Ardee Celtic is the second NEFL cup challenge that Kilmore Celtic will face. They have been drawn to face Bellurgan United in the next round of the Leinster Junior Cup next week. As reported on ThisIsArdee.ie earlier, Ardee Celtic will host St Kevin’s Boys.
There’s still a very, very long way to go until teams can dream of a potential Aviva Stadium date for the final next May. There is still 256 teams from across the country in contention in various regional sections.
On Sunday afternoon, Ardee Celtic confirmed their place in round three of the FAI Junior Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over Ballyogan Celtic in Leopardstown. Goals from Gareth Kane, Darren McMullan and a brace from Darryn Gaynor meant the Ardee men were never in danger as they ensured they progressed to round three.