Raff keeps reserves in touch
WOODVIEW reserves got 2013 off to a winning start against bottom-of-the-table Dromin.
The visitors opened the scoring mid-way through the first half when Kevin O['Hanlon broke the offside trap to finish neatly past Tommy Melia in the Dromin goal, but just five minutes later it was 1-1 as Darren Noone scored from fully 35 yards, leaving Micheal Mc Allister with no chance.
Woodview went ahead again in the 55th minute, Jason Mulligan finishing off a good move involving Ger Rafferty and O'Hanlon, and two minutes later it should have been 3-1 when Martin Murphy's shot from 25 yards out was spilled by Melia who made amends with a superb pointblank save from Rafferty.
In a frantic spell Dromin did draw level when Stuart Osborne sent in a free, the ball was flicked on by Stuart Reynolds and it somehow went over Mc Allister's head and into the net. But Woodview went at Dromin again, and with 10 minutes left O'Hanlon was again involved when he flicked the ball on for Rafferty who made no mistake - 3-2.
The result leaves Woodview two points behind Quay Celtic in second with the same number of games played and five behind Parkvilla with two games in hand, and it promises to be a good climax to the newly named OCC Accountants Premier Division. WOODVIEW CELTIC: Micheal Mc Allister, Brain Mc Closkey, Gerard Garvey, Shane English, Stephen Begley, Marius Jasiskis (Sean Bailey 60), Jason Mulligan, Martin Murphy, Gerard Rafferty, Barry Carr (Colin Warnock 60), Kevin O Hanlon (Ian Hoey 80).