Ahead of their clash at Tom Flynn Park this coming weekend, Woodview Celtic moved to within three points of leaders Bellurgan United thanks to a 3-1 win over OMP United at the MDL Grounds on Sunday.
Woodview opened the scoring on 10 minutes when Owen Armstrong won the ball with a crunching tackle on the home side’s centre-back before calmly curling a beauty inside the far post.
The visitors should have increased their lead when Billy Smith latched onto a Conor McErlean delivery but somehow he failed to find the target.
On 25 minutes Smith redeemed himself when he picked up Paul McArdle’s incisive pass to side step the advancing goalkeeper and roll the ball into the open net.
Woodview began the second-half as they finished the first and ten minutes in, when Armstrong carved open the OMP defence to pick out Smith with a perfectly weighted pass the tall striker kept his cool to strike a super volley the roof of the net to effectively end the game as a contest.
As the game ticked into its fourth minute of stoppage time Alan McKenna was adjudged to have fouled the OMP centre forward.
The spot-kick was awarded and even though Padraig Gorham saved the initial effort, it was ordered to be retaken and converted.
Gavin McKeever’s men know that three points against Bellurgan will put them top.
Woodview Celtic: Padraig Gorham, Ray McCann, Paul Warnock, Alan McKenna, Conor McErlean, Chris Caulfield (Conor Murphy), Paul McArdle (Alan McCartney), Owen Armstrong, Johnny Lynch, Billy Smith, Paudie Hearty (Stephen Fisher).