Woodview Reserves opened up a five point gap at the top of the MDL Premier Reserve with a hard earned win against a very strong Duleek side on Saturday.
The win was made all the more sweeter for Wayne Conroy’s men as it was the first time they have ever beaten Duleek away and it also stretched Woodview’s unbeaten record to 13 games this season.
Woodview opened the scoring midway through the first half when the in-form Fra McCann was sent in on goal by Barry Carr and he made no mistake to hammer the ball home from the edge of the box.
Disaster struck right on half-time for the visitors as a routine back pass to Liam McDonough in the Woodview goal resulted in the ball falling to the Duleek number 10 who made no mistake from six-yards.
The second-half was similar to the first with Woodview defending for their lives but on the hour mark they were reduced to 10 men when Martin Murphy was dismissed after receiving his second yellow of the game. In a somewhat crazy five minute spell, Duleek also had two men dismissed for dissent.
With the game now 10 against nine in Woodview’s favour gaps started opening up all over the pitch and Woodview took advantage of it with 10 minutes to go when Barry Carr broke free down the left and squared the ball for Eimhin Caldwell who side footed past the advancing keeper.
Duleek were thrown a lifeline just 60 seconds later when a foul by Stephen Begley resulted in a penalty for the home side but McDonough redeemed himself for his first half mistake to save the penalty and seal a priceless for Woodview.
WOODVIEW RESERVES: Liam McDonough, Martin Murphy, Conor McErlean, Shane English, Ciaran Sullivan, Gerard Rafferty, Marius Jasiskis, Stephen Grimes, Eimhin Caldwell, Barry Carr, Fra McCann (Stephen Begley 70). Unused subs: Ciaran Taaffe, Colin Warnock.