WOODVIEW Celtic gained a big shot in the arm with this win against leading AUL club Ballymun United on Sunday last.
The Dundalk side travelled to Dublin to take on the hosts who are now managed by former Dundalk defender Dave Rogers, who was in charge of Duleek last year. As a player, Rogers also helped Woodview to collect their second Meath & District League Premier Division title.
This result was a jolt to the home side who lie fourth in the top flight of the AUL and are into the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup.
The friendly was a chance for Rogers and his Woodview counterpart Raymond Trimble to gear up their teams for the resumption of competitive action in their respective leagues and their quest for honours.
The latter and his players certainly will have come away with a lot more belief in terms of their chances of regaining the Meath title. They head the table starting the New Year, and the fact that they recorded this win while without half of their regular starters is a significant achievement, and also a big compliment to the standard of the league.
The winners scored all their three goals in the first half, courtesy of Owen Armstrong, Billy Smith (pictured) and Ray McKenna, and they held firmly onto the lead in the latter stages, with Mickey O'Kane deputising very capably at centre-half alongside the impressive Evan Cauldwell.