Goal machine Mickey O’Kane helped himself to a hat-trick as Woodview Celtic qualified for the semi-final of the Kilmessan Shield with a comfortable 4-1 over Duleek at Glenmuir Park on Sunday.
Despite the inclement weather, the playing surface was in first class condition which encouraged both teams to get the ball down and play.
The home side opened the scoring midway through the first-half when Johnny Lynch broke from midfield to see an effort strike an upright and O’Kane pounced to fire home the rebound.
The ace striker grabbed Woodview’s second goal with a piece of audacious skill as he stepped over Lynch’s through ball to leave the Duleek centre-back chasing his shadow before calmly rounding the floundering goalkeeper and tapping the ball into the empty net.
The home side were in full cry and when Paudie Hearty latched onto Owen Armstrong’s incisive pass he was sent tumbling in the penalty area and O’Kane stepped up to calmly dispatch the spot kick, taking his tally to 13 goals in his last 10 games.
The second-half saw the League leaders easily contain Duleek’s beat efforts and Billy Smith made it 4-0 with a powerful header after Stephen Fisher had outpaced the Duleek defence to swing a perfect cross into the danger zone.
With their place assured in the semi-final the home side took their foot off the gas and in the final minute Anthony Burke grabbed a late consolation goal for Duleek.
Raymond Trimble’s men, who sit top of the Premier Division, don’t have a game this weekend.
Woodview Celtic: Padraig Gorham, Conor McErlean, Alan McCartney, Alan McKenna, Chris Caulfield, Johnny Lynch, Owen Armstrong (Colin Finan), Stephen Fisher, Billy Smith (Alan Larkin), Mickey O’Kane, Paudie Hearty (Eimhin Caldwell).