Woodview Celtic advanced to the semi-finals of the Kilmessan Shield thanks to a 2-1 victory over a Quay Celtic team who finished the game with eight men at Clancy Park on Friday night.
In an evenly balanced opening half an hour both teams had chances to open the scoring with Quay’s Barry Walsh and Woodview’s Conor Murphy both denied by excellent saves.
On 35 minutes the home side suffered a set-back when Mickey Clarke was dismissed for picking up a second yellow card.
On 50 minutes, despite their numerical disadvantage, the Point Road side opened the scoring.
Woodview centre-back Keith Finnegan chopped down Mark Savage as the striker cut into the penalty area. The referee pointed to the spot and, having composed himself, Savage stepped up and drilled the ball past Padraig Gorham.
Within five minutes the home side were reduced to nine men when Oisin McGee suffered the same fate as his colleague Clarke when he too picked up a second yellow card.
Woodview began to up the pressure and they drew level on the hour mark when two former Quay Celtic players, Stephen Fisher and Johnny Lynch, linked up for Ray McCann to play Fisher in and the pacey striker took a touch before calmly guiding the ball past Seamus Quigley to make it 1-1.
Woodview struggled to break down a resolute home defence with Neil McLoughlin and TJ Murtagh outstanding in their defensive duties.
The pendulum swung further in Woodview’s favour with 15 minutes left on the clock when Quay substitute Emmet O’Brien was dismissed following a heavy challenge on Paudie Hearty. Woodview upped the pressure and with five minutes left to play, and extra time looming, the visitors eventually made their advantage pay when they grabbed the all important goal through Hearty; the striker netting after Paul McArdle and Lynch had started the move.
Quay Celtic: Seamus Quigley, Mickey Burke, Oisin McGee, Niall McLoughlin, TJ Murtagh, Robbie Gavigan (Emmett O’Brien), Mickey Clarke, Barry Walsh, Simon O’Shaughnessy, Gary Shevlin, Mark Savage.
Woodview Celtic: Padraig Gorham, Tommy O’Hare, Eamonn O’Hagan, Mickey O’Kane, Keith Finnegan, Paul McArdle, Johnny Lynch, Ray McCann, Conor Murphy, Stephen Fisher, Paudie Hearty.