Captain O’Kane leads the way in Woodview’s comeback

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Woodview once again showed their battling spirit when they came from 2-0 down to beat Premier Division leaders Navan Cosmos 3-2 and qualify for the last 16 of the Leinster Junior Cup.

Woodview once again showed their battling spirit when they came from 2-0 down to beat Premier Division leaders Navan Cosmos 3-2 and qualify for the last 16 of the Leinster Junior Cup.

Woodview dominated the opening period and chances went a begging as Billy Smith, Ger McSorley and Stephen Fisher all failed to find the target when ideally placed to do so.

Having weathered the early onslaught, the visitors eased their way into the game and Padraig Gorham had to be alert to make an excellent stop on 20 minutes and keep out a rocket from Lee Duffy.

With 10 minutes to go until half-time, Smith saw his towering header from McSorley’s delivery rattle the Cosmos crossbar and minutes later, Woodview were made pay for their misses when Lar Ivers slammed a loose ball to the net to ensure the visitors led 1-0 at the break.

Cosmos doubled that lead when a deep delivery from the left wing by Sean Connotty was headed back across goal by Duffy for a simple tap-in by the unmarked Ivers.

Woodview responded two minutes later when Ray McCann curled in a free-kick and Alan McCartney pounced from the edge of the penalty area to shoot through a forest of bodies to the corner.

Having reduced the arrears, Wayne Conroy and Gavin McKeever’s side continued to grow in confidence and on 65 minutes, McSorley’s immediate delivery from the right to O’Kane was spot on for the ace striker to hit a magnificent volley to the top corner and equalise.

Minutes later, the hard working Smith found the side-netting from the narrowest of angles while Chris Caulfield was called upon to clear off the line at the other end.

With under 10 minutes left, Woodview pushed forward at every opportunity and McSorley and Smith linked up on the right wing for the latter to hammer the ball across the face of goal.

And, not for the first time in his illustrious career, Woodview’s inspirational captain O’Kane arrived on cue to find space in the crowded penalty area and calmly guide the ball to the back of the net and complete a brilliant turnaround.

WOODVIEW CELTIC: Padraig Gorham, Ray McCann, Alan McCartney, Chris Caulfield, Stephen Grimes, Paul Matondo, Ger McSorley (Barry Carr), Stephen Fisher, Billy Smith, Owen Armstrong (Johnny Lynch).