Woodview Reserves left frustrated

Woodview Reserves left frustrated
Woodview Reserves were left kicking themselves after failing to take all three points against league leaders Kingscourt Harps on Saturday last.

Woodview Reserves were left kicking themselves after failing to take all three points against league leaders Kingscourt Harps on Saturday last.

Wayne Conroy’s men dominated the game for long periods and the first chance of the match fell to Marius Jasiskis who found himself free at the edge of the box but his weak shot went wide of the post. Minutes later, the big midfielder rose highest in the box to send a cross by Martin Murphy just over the bar.

Woodview were passing the ball well and playing some lovely flowing football at this stage but they found it difficult to break down a strong Kingscourt rearguard.

It wasn’t until midway through the second half, after another sustained amount of pressure, that Woodview finally found the back of the net.

Another Murphy delivery was met by captain Conor McErlean and after his effort was blocked, Stephen Grimes was on hand to smash the ball home, much to the delight of his team-mates.

Woodview’s joy was short lived however as less than a minute later Kingscourt, on a rare attack, launched a long ball up the pitch and with the home side’s defence caught napping they made it 1-1.

With 20 minutes left Woodview pinned Kingscourt into their box and began to pepper their goal. Grimes almost scored again but somehow the keeper pushed the ball wide of the post before Murphy then saw a free-kick brilliantly saved by the young Harps goalkeeper.

Woodview forced corner after corner and when Shane English met a delivery at the back post it looked a certain goal but a combination of keeper and defender cleared the ball of the line.

This result leaves the MDL Premier Reserve title race wide open with Kingscourt sitting a point in front of Woodview with both teams having four games left to play, one of those what should be an exciting encounter between the sides in Kingscourt.

WOODVIEW RESERVES: Liam McDonagh, Conor Macken, Conor McErlean, Shane English (Conor Murphy 77), Martin Murphy, Paul McArdle, Marius Jasiskis, Stephen Grimes (Saheed Ogunfowora 70), Eimhin Caldwell, Gerard Rafferty (Deco Moran 75), Barry Carr. Unused subs: Stephen Begley, Ciaran Sullivan.