Woodview left to rue O’Kane’s late missed penalty

Woodview left to rue O’Kane’s late missed penalty
Woodview Celtic, coming off the back of an excellent win over Bellurgan United four days earlier, travelled to Monasterboice to play Boyne Harps on Thursday night and Raymond Trimble’s side will be content with a share of the spoils following a 2-2 draw.

Woodview Celtic, coming off the back of an excellent win over Bellurgan United four days earlier, travelled to Monasterboice to play Boyne Harps on Thursday night and Raymond Trimble’s side will be content with a share of the spoils following a 2-2 draw.

It could have been even better for the league leaders who, after seeing themselves draw level on two occasions, saw Mickey O’Kane miss a late penalty to win the game.

The home side opened the scoring on 15 minutes through former Dromin United forward Fabio Teles who finished neatly after a well worked move.

And Boyne, with Newtown Blues GAA star Hugh McGinn impressing in their ranks, almost doubled their lead soon after but were denied by an excellent Padraig Gorham save down low to his left.

Woodview worked hard to get back on level terms and they drew level thanks to an excellent individual effort from Paudie Hearty that left it 1-1 at half-time.

Ten minutes into the second-half and the in form Billy Smith made it 2-1 for the Dundalk side when he finished off a move involving Owen Armstrong and the excellent Alan McKenna.

The Drogheda side restored parity when their centre forward Conor Branigan took full advantage of a mix up in the Woodview defence to make it 2-2.

With the game entering its final minutes Mickey O’Kane, who had earlier spurned a number of gilt edged chances, was pushed in the back inside the Boyne penalty area and the spot kick was awarded.

O’Kane was delegated to do the business from 12-yards but despite striking his effort well the Boyne goalkeeper went full stretch to save, denying Woodview all three points.

Woodview Celtic: Padraig Gorham, Ray McCann, Drew Duffy, Alan McCartney, Alan McKenna, Chris Caulfield, Stephen Fisher (Conor McErlean), Billy Smith, Owen Armstrong, Mickey O’Kane, Paudie Hearty.