Woodview Celtic and St Dominic’s produced a five-goal thriller on Thursday night in this U13 First Division mid-table clash in Bellew Park.
Cody McAreavy scored the winner for Woodview midway through the second-half but they had to withstand a late rally by St Dominic’s before taking all three points in a very exciting match.
The away side created the first chance of the game after just six minutes when a long ball forward was controlled by Cain Bromley who managed to get past Calum Mulholland in the St Dominic’s goals but defender Liam Gordon nicked the ball off Bromley’s toe.
A couple of minutes later St Dominic’s created a similar chance at the other end when Pauric O’Hanlon scooped the ball off the line from Evan McEnteggart’s goal-bound effort.
Woodview broke the deadlock in the 12th minute when Keith Brady fired a shot through a crowd of players from 20-yards out.
The goal seemed to spark some life into St Dominic’s and they began to come into the game as an attacking force.
Tom McBride skipped past the challenge of several defenders but Ryan McFaul produced a double save to deny the St Dominic’s striker but the sides were soon level when a free-kick by Scott Langton beat the offside trap and Brian Brady calmly slotted past the stranded McFaul.
Woodview went close to regaining the lead on 21 minutes when Kyle Connor slipped in Cain Bromley but Calum Mulholland dived full length to tip Bromley’s shot around the post and just before the half-time whistle St Dominic’s were unlucky not to take the lead when a superb cross by Evan McEnteggart was headed over by Tom McBride.
Bromley found the net for Woodview eight minutes after the break with a cool finish from just inside the penalty area to put his team 1-2 ahead but St Dominic’s responded with the goal of the game two minutes later when Brian Brady threaded a ball into the path of Adam Bellew who deftly chipped the Woodview ‘keeper from the edge of the box for a superb goal.
Woodview, though, hit back within six minutes when a shot from Kyle Connor was scrambled off the line and the visitors went back in front when the unmarked Cody McAreavy got on the end of Cain Bromley’s cross to hammer the ball past Mulholland.
The home side weren’t prepared to just accept their fate and they really went for it in the final few minutes and forced several corners.
And they almost grabbed a late point from the game when Tom McBride hit a brilliant snap shot from 12-yards but Ryan McFaul was the Woodview hero when he produced a brilliant save to deny McBride’s piledriver.
St Dominic’s: Calum Mulholland, Evan Fergus, Liam Gordon, Conor Pepper, Fintan Brady, Oisin Conroy, Scott Langton, Evan McEnteggart, Tom McBride, Brian Brady, Cathal McElroy, Sean McGeaney, Aaron McArdle, Adam Bellew, Mark Kirk.
Woodview CELTIC: Ryan McFaul, Mark O’Hare, Jack Conlon, Pauric O’Hanlon, Manan Muhmood, Cain Bromley, Keith Brady, Andrew Clarke, Oisin Rogers, Kyle Connor, Ben Walsh, Caolan Myles, Cody McAreavy, Jake McKeown.