O’Kane on form as Woodview battle back for local derby win

Woodview's Gerard McSorley celebrates scoring against Muirhevnamor in Sunday's MDL Premier Division clash
Muirhevnamor stalwarts Mickey O’Kane and Chris Caulfield hit the side representing that part of town hard by helping Woodview Celtic to a stirring comeback that saw them emerge with all three points.

Muirhevnamor stalwarts Mickey O’Kane and Chris Caulfield hit the side representing that part of town hard by helping Woodview Celtic to a stirring comeback that saw them emerge with all three points.

The home side opened brightly, dictating the early play and Woodview goalkeeper Padraig Gorham was called into action to make a couple of excellent stops from Philip Duffy and Derek Rogers.

On 20 minutes, Woodview went close when a Drew Duffy corner kick was headed goal wards by Alan McCartney but Cody Magill was excellently placed to clear the effort off the line.

Sean Maguire’s side deservedly broke the deadlock on 36 minutes when a ball forward from Wayne Parkin caught the Woodview defence at sixes and sevens and Brendan Hughes took full advantage as he nipped in to calmly glide the ball past the statuesque Gorham.

Urged on by their dedicated support, the home side doubled their advantage when Sean Conlon had a powerful strike saved by the legs of Gorham. However, when the ball rebounded to him he drilled it through a crowd into the bottom corner.

The early minutes of the second half saw Maguire’s side squander two glorious chances when Hughes and Gary Clarke failed to test Gorham and soon it was 2-1 when Johnny Lynch and Billy Smith combined to set up O’Kane to score.

Woodview were in full flow now and following a heavy challenge on McSorley, a pinpoint free kick from Duffy saw O’Kane power an unstoppable header to the roof of the net.

The home side upped their game but they couldn’t find a way through the visitors defence with McCartney rock solid and leading by example.

On 74 minutes, the champions took the lead when O’Kane and Smith linked up for Caulfield to smash the ball past Cooney from close range but six minutes later they were rocked when O’Kane picked up a second yellow card.

As the clock ticked down, McSorley showed his superb pace and class when having picked the ball up close to the halfway line he turned on the turbo leaving a number of defenders chasing his shadow before blasting a rocket that Cooney did well to get a hand to but the power was too much for him to keep it out.

MUIRHEVNAMOR: Michael Cooney, Cody Magill, Jimmy Cooney, Adrian Rafferty, Wayne Parkin, Derek Rogers, Sean Conlon (Paul Marron), Philip Duffy, Barry O’Hare, Gary Clarke, Brendan Hughes (Anton Webb).

WOODVIEW CELTIC: Padraig Gorham, Ray McCann, Drew Duffy, Alan McCartney, Derek McCabe, Chris Caulfield, Ger McSorley, Johnny Lynch (Colin Finan), Billy Smith (Paudie Hearty), Mickey O’Kane, Owen Armstrong (Barry Carr).