WOODVIEW Celtic manager Gavin McKeever praised his side’s efforts following their 3-1 win over Sheriff YC on Thursday night.
“It’s a fantastic result for us,” said McKeever. “I know they were missing a few but the paper will read Woodview Celtic 3-1 Sheriff YC. You don’t beat Sheriff YC 3-1 on too many occasions, no matter how many players they had missing.”
Speaking ahead of the game, McKeever stressed the importance of his team getting off to a good start and they did that when Stephen Grimes headed them into an early lead after 15 minutes.
Sheriff responded with an equaliser just four minutes later but for the remainder of the first-half, the MDL champions dominated and McKeever felt they were well worth their 2-1 lead at the break.
“Sometimes the lads think they can go out on the pitch and do what they want but you can’t do that at this level. They have to listen to what we are trying to do on the touchline and they did that tonight,” he said.
“We were excellent in the first-half and the only downside was that we gave away a silly, silly goal, but we played some really good football and we were probably a better side than what the 2-1 scoreline at half-time suggested.
“We got a bit of luck with the third goal in the second-half but in cup football you need that. They pressed us at the end but they are going to do that to you and I thought we handled them very well.”
The victory moves Woodview into round three where intermediate teams come into the competition before the League of Ireland clubs enter in round four. McKeever, though, said his team would fear nobody.
“What we would really love is a home draw in the next round. It might be killing us financially but we want to push on and get a big draw and hopefully a big crowd out to watch us.
“Everybody in the dressing room is buzzing,” he added. “Results like this show where our club is going.”