Woodview Celtic goalscorers Barry Carr and Paul McArdle embrace. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
NEFL Division Two
Virginia Celtic 2 Woodview Celtic 4
Woodview Celtic may have travelled to Virginia light on numbers on Sunday morning, but it was a journey made more than worthwhile by a fantastic display as they remained firmly in the Division Two promotion hunt courtesy of a 4-2 victory.
With only 11-players available, including player/manager Conor Macken, Woodview set about their business in confident fashion, all but securing the victory courtesy of a blistering start.
They were 2-0 to the good after 15-minutes with Barry Carr and Macken on the scoresheet. Carr nodded to the corner of the net after Virginia failed to clear Macken's corner-kick before the latter continued his good recent run in front of goal by finishing his side's second goal to the bottom corner with the aid of a slight deflection.
However, a ruthless five-minute spell early in the second-half ended the contest as Paul McArdle struck home a cracking goal from 30-yards before neat interchange between Jason Myles and Carr saw the former slot past the stranded Virginia custodian.
Woodview sensed an opportunity to up their goals for tally over the final half-hour. With Division Two being so tight, every goal may count. However, the final goal was scored by Virginia two-minutes from time, though it took none of the gloss off a terrific performance from the Dundalk side.
Woodview Celtic: Pádraig Gorham; Deane Browne, Dean Hoey, Shane Taaffe, Daniel Mulligan; Jason Myles, Paul McArdle, Conor Macken, Niall Mackin; Barry Carr, Anton Webb