O’Connor brace keeps Woodview in touch at top

Woodview Celtic Reserves closed the gap on Kingscourt at the top of the MDL Premier Reserve to just a single point with a well deserved victory against a strong Parkvilla team on Saturday.

Woodview Celtic Reserves closed the gap on Kingscourt at the top of the MDL Premier Reserve to just a single point with a well deserved victory against a strong Parkvilla team on Saturday.

The away side blew their opponents away in the opening half with an impressive display. They took the lead after just 15 minutes when Conor Macken and Brian McCloskey linked up well down the right to set up Stephen Grimes who opened the scoring with a well placed effort from 20-yards.

Less than five minutes later it was 2-0. Again Macken and McCloskey were involved down the right and from the resulting cross Michael O’Connor, who was making his first start for the team, controlled the ball brilliantly and swept it under the advancing keeper.

Woodview were coasting at this stage and had their opponents pinned into their own half. Marius Jasiskis, who has been prolific lately, almost made it 3-0 but dragged his shot wide of the post.

With 35 minutes on the clock, Woodview made it 3-0. Strikers Barry Carr and O’Connor linked up well to set the youngster racing in on goal and there was only going to be one outcome as he scored his second of the game much to the delight of his team-mates. At 3-0 the game was well and truly wrapped up.

The second-half was more evenly matched but Woodview defended well with Conor McErlean and Paul McArdle very impressive in the centre of defence.

Wayne Conroy’s men will now take great confidence into their last two league games but with both games being away from home it will not be an easy task.

The first of those two games will be away to Trim Celtic where a win for the Dundalk side would set up a league decider in Kingscourt.

WOODVIEW RESERVES: Gavin Mackin, Brian McCloskey (Ciaran Sullivan 70), Paul McArdle, Conor McErlean, Stephen Begley (Gerard Rafferty 35), Conor Macken, Marius Jasiskis, Stephen Grimes, Eimhin Caldwell, Barry Carr, Michael O’Connor. Unused subs: Deco Moran, Shane English.