Woodview Celtic put their off field troubles behind them to record a 4-2 win over Navan Cosmos at Oriel Park on Friday night.
The Dundalk side got off to the perfect start when Stephen Fisher slotted the ball home from a Ray McCann pass to make it 1-0 early on.
Cosmos got back on terms on 30 minutes from a bullet free-kick that gave Padraig Gorham no chance but Woodview restored their lead shortly afterwards when Paul Warnock floated in a corner kick that was headed on by Mario Jasiskis and Fisher got a delicate touch to score his second of the game.
Cosmos raised their game and upped the ante but Woodview’s two central defenders, Mickey O’Kane and Chris Caulfield, were outstanding as they shackled the Cosmos attack.
The Navan side did manage to draw level on 65 minutes, again the goal coming from a free-kick that had goal written all over it. Woodview regained their lead after 70 minutes when Paudie Hearty was on target from close range after another corner from Warnock created the chance.
And they almost restored their two goal advantage when the excellent McCann had a rocket of a free-kick saved.
As the game entered stoppage time Cosmos threw everyone forward and Gorham made a superb save to deny them an equaliser before releasing McCann who calmly rolled the ball to substitute Colin Finan for a simple tap–in to seal the win.
In the remaining time the visitors had two players sent off to really rub salt into an already open wound.
Woodview Celtic: Padraig Gorham, Alan McCartney, Paul Warnock, Mickey O’Kane, Chris Caulfield, Stephen Fisher, Ray McCann, Mario Jasiskis (Colin Finan), Deco Moran (Conor Murphy), Paudie Hearty, Billy Smith (Barry Carr). Unused subs: Michael Murphy, Stephen Begley, Eimhinn Caldwell.
Quay rained off
Quay Celtic’s scheduled game, away to Boyne Harps, was called off due to an unplayable pitch