By Ian Haskins
Ardmore 5 Clontarf 2
Despite a difficult pre season prep the lads got off to a winning start today.
We welcomed Clontarf fc to ballywaltrim.
The rain in the morning cleared off to make it nice conditions for a match, no wind, dry and a nice greasy surface.
With our 3 first choice centre half's missing through injury/sickness we had to make adjustments to the team.
The 1st 15 mins was scrappy with us trying to find our feet and we conceded a soft goal.
The lads responded well and levelled pretty soon after with driving shot from Mathew Williams.
Our 2nd goal quickly followed with a lovely through ball from Sean Duffin put Johnny Georgiadi to calmly slot home.
Davey Berry O'Connell added another 2 in his usual striker style n went in 4:1 at halftime.
The 2nd half showed us in comfortable situ in the match..
The lads kept pushing and had many chances to put the game beyond doubt, the 5th goal arrived via a penalty calmly slotted home
by Sean Duffin (after Peter Barry was hacked down in the box).
To their credit Clontarf kept battling and got a goal back to make it 5:2 and that's the way it ended.
The most important thing is to get off to a winning start and despite missing a few players we did well.
Keep it up boys...