Woodview one point away from the title after defeating Duleek

Woodview one point away from the title after defeating Duleek
There is no sign of finish line fever setting in for Woodview Celtic who are now just one point away from the MDL Premier Division title after a 3-1 win over Duleek at Glenmuir Park on Friday night.

There is no sign of finish line fever setting in for Woodview Celtic who are now just one point away from the MDL Premier Division title after a 3-1 win over Duleek at Glenmuir Park on Friday night.

The victory leaves Woodview four points clear of Navan Cosmos in second place ahead of their meeting at the MDL Grounds next week.

Although the Meath men do have a game in hand on Raymond Trimble’s side, a win for Woodview in Navan will see them crowned 2013/14 champions.

The leaders opened the scoring in this game on 20 minutes when the excellent Ray Mc Cann swung in a cross from the right wing and Chris Caulfield finished with a firm header from 10-yards.

Duleek responded with Tony Grant testing Padraig Gorham with a couple of smart efforts but the Woodview goalkeeper denied him with terrific saves.

The game was evenly balanced but in the final minute of the half, lady luck shone on the home side when another McCann delivery from the left hand side caused panic in the Duleek defence and the ball ended up in the back of the net from an own goal to give the home side a two goal cushion going in at the break.

The second-half was only five minutes old when Woodview went 3-0 up and effectively killed off any Duleek hopes of a fightback.

The elusive Owen Armstrong created space wide on the right and with the visitors expecting a shot, he calmly played in Paudie Hearty to steer his effort wide of the perplexed netminder.

Duleek, to their credit, refused to throw in the towel by continuing to threaten and Gorham, with a number of tremendous saves, kept his goal intact until the 80th minute when the visitors were awarded a penalty after McCann was adjudged to have fouled.

Grant eventually got the better of Gorham from the spot as his side managed to pull one back but it was not enough to halt the Woodview charge on the championship that culminates in what promises to be an unmissable showdown with Navan Cosmos on Sunday.

Woodview Celtic: Padraig Gorham, Alan Mc Kenna, Chris Caulfield, Alan McCartney, Ray McCann, Owen Armstrong, Mickey O’Kane (Paul Warnock), Johnny Lynch ( Colin Finan), Billy Smith, Paudie Hearty. Unused sub: Conor Mc Erlean.