With just five games to go, Woodview Celtic are in a strong position to regain the Integral Fitness and Leisure Premier Division title following this 2-0 win over Trim Celtic at Glenmuir Park on Wednesday night.
Raymond Trimble’s men were on the attack as early as the 1st minute when Alan McCartney swung in a delightful free-kick for Mickey O’Kane to head back across goal where Chris Caulfield volleyed high over the crossbar.
Trim had appeals for a penalty waved away three minutes later when new signing Lar Ivers cut inside the Woodview defense and fell in the box but the referee waved play on.
Woodview went close again in the 10th minute when Padraig Hearty saw his shot brilliantly saved by Danny Connell and Owen Armstrong volleyed the rebound towards goal only for Keith Jones to clear off the line.
Stephen Fisher and Billy Smith both saw good efforts thwarted by the impressive Connell in the Trim goal before the home side eventually broke the deadlock on 21 minutes when O’Kane was on hand to volley a shot into the top corner of the net following a corner kick.
The ace striker almost doubles his side’s advantage soon after when he started and finished a flowing move. Hearty’s first time cross found O’Kane in the box but his volley came crashing back off the crossbar.
The opening stages of the second-half saw Woodview push for that elusive second goal and just on the hour mark Padraig Hearty went down under a challenge from Trim goalkeeper Danny Connell but referee Brian Murphy was in a good position to see that contact was with the ball first.
However, ten minutes later the referee had no choice but to award one as a mix up between Paul Munnelly and Danny Connell saw Billy Smith skip in between the two Trim players and Connell took him down in the box. Captain O’Kane stepped up to smash the ball home and give his side a two goal lead, taking his tally to eight league goals in the last seven matches and putting Woodview firmly in control of their own destiny.
Woodview Celtic: Padraig Gorham, Alan McCartney, Alan McKenna, Conor McErlean (Ray McCann), Chris Caulfield, Johnny Lynch, Billy Smith (Colin Finan), Stephen Fisher, Paudie Hearty, Mickey O’Kane, Owen Armstrong. Unused subs: Eimhin Caldwell, Paul Warnock, Andrew Duffy.