Sunday 22 April 2018

Late penalty denies Woodview reserves an opening day win

WOODVIEW reserves kicked their season off with an entertaining draw away to Navan Cosmos on Saturday.

However, they will be disappointed after conceding a penalty deep in injury time that denied them the win.

Despite missing a lot of players the Dundalk outfit dominated for long periods in the first half but could not find the back of the net and the score remained 0-0 at half time.

The second half exploded into life early on, Sean Bailey picked the ball up on the left and beat two players before unleashing a thumping shot into the top corner of the net to leave the Cosmos keeper with no chance.

Within minutes the home side drew level, Woodview were attacking looking for a second when they gave the ball away and the home side broke up the pitch and equalized.

The tempo of the game had gone up a few levels from the first half and Woodview

almost took the lead again but another Bailey shot came back of the post.

With 20 minutes left they did get their noses in front and Sean Bailey was once again involved as the young striker showing great control just inside the box only to be brought down. The ref had no option but to award a penalty which Alan Lennon dispatched much to the delight of his team.

At this stage the away side were on top and almost sealed the win when new signing Joe Bellew weaved his way into the box and was unlucky to see a strike crash against the cross bar.

As the game was heading towards fulltime Woodview were beginning to drop deeper towards their own 18 yard box as Navan went about looking for that important equalizer.

That pressure eventually told when Brian McCloskey was penalised for a blocking one of the Cosmos players in the Woodview box.

The referee pointed to the spot and the resulting spot kick was smashed up to make it 2-2.

With the game almost over Woodview went on one last attack in search of the three points.

Eihmin Caldwell went on a magnificent run and whipped a great ball into the Navan box but Bellew failed to make good contact with the ball and it drifted wide.

It was to be the last action of the game and both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Woodview: Padraig Gorham, Brian McCloskey, Conor McErlean, Shane English, Alan Lennon, Ger Rafferty (Alan Newlan 60), Marius Jasiskis, Paul McArdle (Ciaran O'Sullivan 65), Eihmin Caldwell, Joe Bellew, Sean Bailey.

The Argus