Woodview Celtic showed no mercy toWoodview Celtic showed no mercy to bottom club Carrick Rovers at Glenmuir Park on Thursday night as they hammered the visitors 8-3 with a scintillating display of attacking football to go back on top of the MDL Premier Division.
The visitors opened up a two goal lead on 20 minutes with former Dundalk player Barry Woods scoring the second with a 30-yard screamer.
Woodview bounced back with a sublime overhead kick from Stephen Grimes when he got on the end of a Drew Duffy corner kick and Billy Smith made it 2-2 after great work from Alan Larkin.
Smith grabbed his second before the break when Alan McCartney and Paul McArdle linked up to provide the ammunition
The early stages of the second half saw Woodview dominant and it was no surprise when Mickey O’Kane fired in a double after himself and Paudie Hearty created havoc in the Carrick defence.
The visitors reduced the arrears to make it 5-3 but once again Gavin McKeever’s side kicked on with a super double from Owen Armstrong before Smith completed his hat-trick when John Smyth, who was making a welcome return from injury had set him up.
Woodview Celtic: Padraig Gorham, Paul McArdle, Alan McCartney, Paul Warnock (John Smyth), Drew Duffy, Alan Larkin (Keith Finnegan), Stephen Grimes, Owen Armstrong, Paudie Hearty (Anto Reilly), Billy Smith.
Seasiders drop two vital points
Rock Celtic 2-2 Kentstown
Rock Celtic dropped two precious points at home to Kentstown on Thursday evening with the Seasiders held to a 2-2 draw, a result that saw them slip from the top of the MDL Premier Division table.
The visitors sent a warning that they meant business early on when their centre forward spurned two glorious chances to put his side in front.
Having survived this early scare the Rock went in front on 20 minutes when David Hoey was grounded in the penalty area and Kevin McArdle slotted home the spot kick before the visitors hit back soon after.
In the second half the game was evenly balanced with both defences in command but with 15 minutes left to play David Hoey was adjudged to have fouled in the penalty area and the opportunity from the spot saw the visitors go 2-1 up.
Rock battled back though and with time almost up they won a corner which Cormac McArdle swung directly into the goal to give the home side a share of the points.
Rock Celtic: John Rogers, Ross Quigley, Paddy Reilly (David Hoey), David Fairclough, Cormac McArdle, Kevin McArdle, Paddy Quinn, Paul Gore, Gerard McSorley (Chris Ward), David Ward, Derek Delany.