A Johnny Lynch goal, five minutes before the full-time whistle, was enough to secure Woodview Celtic the the Integral Fitness MDL Premier Division title against Navan Cosmos on Sunday.
Cosmos knew that only a win would be enough to keep their title hopes alive and it looked like they would get it until Lynch’s late strike broke their hearts and ended their title aspirations.
The game opened with the visitors attempting to play their normal style of possession football but they were met by a physical Cosmos approach in return.
Woodview dominated the first half with captain and man of the match Mickey O’Kane and Paudie Hearty leading the line while Billy Smith added an extra cutting edge to the attack but despite excellent efforts from the front three - who were provided with plenty of ammunition by Ray McCann and Owen Armstrong - they could not find the opener.
At the other end two excellent stops by Padraig Gorham ensured the sides went in level at the break.
The second-half resumed with Woodview on the front foot and O’Kane was denied by a brilliant save by the Cosmos goalkeeper at his near post and Hearty also saw a 25 yard piledriver tipped over.
On the hour mark, and against the run of play, the home team went in front when a delivery from the left wing caused a massive mix up in the Woodview defence and the loose ball was fired to the net by Colm Gilseanan.
Woodview responded and when Smith bore down on the Cosmos penalty area he was upended by the home goalkeeper who was very lucky not to pick up a red card.
As the game entered its final quarter, the visitors laid siege to the Cosmos goal and their never say die attitude came to the fore when the ball broke kindly to Lynch and from all of 25-yards he struck a blistering daisy cutter that whizzed inside the bottom corner right hand corner of the net to send the large travelling support delirious, levelling the score and ensuring the title would be heading home with Raymond Trimble’s men.
WOODVIEW CELTIC: Padraig Gorham, Alan McCartney, Alan McKenna, Chris Caulfield, Johnny Lynch, Alan Larkin (Colin Finan), Billy Smith, Ray McCann, Paudie Hearty (Michael O’Connor), Mickey O’Kane, Owen Armstrong (Conor McErlean).