Woodview Celtic hosted Bellurgan United under the floodlights at Oriel Park on Friday night and it was the peninsula side who maintained their 100% start to the season as they recorded a shock 3-1 win.
Raymond Trimble’s side failed to take a number of opportunities in the first half with Mickey O’Kane and Keith Finnegan - the defender heading over from close range from a Drew Duffy corner - both squandering good opportunities.
The Dundalk side finally made the breakthrough on 55 minutes. A foul on new signing and debutante Johnny Lynch allowed Duffy to whip in another pinpoint free-kick and O’Kane headed powerfully past Robert Arthur to make it 1-0.
Alex Bothwell’s Bellurgan side showed great determination to bounce back and a terrific run by Ciaran Rogan to the byline set up the equaliser for Declan Sharkey who guided the ball inside the post with a composed finish .
The visitors added a second goal when Diarmuid Murphy and Rogan linked up for Rogan to cross for Darren Gaynor to head past Padraig Gorham.
Woodview responded with efforts from Stephen Fisher and Alan McCartney but Robert Arthur denied them with superb saves.
With ten minutes left to play Bellurgan centre-back Stephen Malone was unfortunate to pick up a second yellow card but the United defence refused to yield as the home side chased an equaliser.
And Bellurgan hit the killer blow as the game entered stoppage time when Damien Connor’s excellent ball over the top was seized upon by Sharkey and he drilled home his second goal of the match to condemn Woodview to their first first defeat of the new season.
Bellurgan face fellow unbeaten side Muirhevnamor on Sunday. Woodview travel to face Duleek.
Woodview Celtic: Padraig Gorham, Ray McCann, Keith Finnegan, Cathal Bellew, Paul Warnock, Drew Duffy, Johnny Lynch, Stephen Fisher, Paul McArdle, Mickey O’Kane, Paudie Hearty (Alan McCartney). Unused subs: Owen Armstrong, Conor Murphy.
Bellurgan United: Robert Arthur, Jason Brennan, Stephen Malone, Ciaran Casey, Damien Connor, Declan Sharkey, Jonathan Winters (Diarmuid Murphy), Owen Traynor, Ciaran Rogan, Shane Finnegan (Gavin Long), Darren Gaynor.