Woodview Reserves closed the gap on leaders Kingscourt Rovers to four points at the top of the MDL Premier Reserve table thanks to this hard fought 3-2 win away to nine man Quay Celtic Reserves on Saturday.
Woodview took the lead midway through the first-half when a superb Deco Moran free-kick was powered home by midfielder Marius Jasiskis.
Woodview were forced into a change when Conor Macken had to be withdrawn with an injury before half-time and striker Michael O’Connor was introduced for his debut. The youngster almost made an instant impression, linking up brilliantly with Barry Carr to almost open his account but his shot just went wide of the post.
The second-half was only minutes old when Quay were reduced to 10 men for an off the ball incident and Woodview took advantage when captain Conor McErlean made it 2-0 with a volley from yet another Moran delivery.
Things went from bad to worse for the Clancy Park side when they were reduced to nine men and Woodview duly made it 3-0 thanks to defender Brian McCloskey’s first goal in three years.
With 10 minutes to go Woodview were also reduced to ten men when Moran had to withdraw due to injury and, with all their subs used, the game was now nine against 10.
That seemed to spur Quay Celtic on and Mickey Burke pulled one back before TJ Murtagh set up a grandstand finish with a second goal for the Point Road side.
Woodview were rocked and left with their backs to the wall as Quay pushed for an unlikely equalizer and they almost had it in the 89th minute only for Woodview goalkeeper Liam McDonagh to make a superb save - against his old club-mates - to seal a crucial win for Woodview.
The Dundalk side have three games remaining with Kingscourt having two left. Next up for Woodview is an away trip to Parkvilla where a win would see the gap reduced to just a single point.
WOODVIEW RESERVES: Liam McDonagh, Brian McCloskey, Conor McErlean, Paul McArdle, Stephen Begley (Ciaran Sullivan 70), Conor Macken (Michael O’Connor 40), Marius Jasiskis (Shane English 65), Deco Moran, Eimhin Caldwell, Barry Carr, Gerard Rafferty.