Tuesday 23 January 2018

No League of Ireland clash for Woodview

WOODVIEW Celtic were on the wrong end of a number of contentious refereeing decisions as they missed out on a historic place in the draw alongside League of Ireland clubs and joined fellow MDL club Duleek in exiting the Leinster Senior Cup.

The story of the double champions' demise was fraught with raw disappointment, with a goal of theirs disallowed, while the 88th-minute winner resulted from a penalty kick that Woodview players believed should not have been given as the foul was committed outside the area. That decision provoked protests that resulted in centre-half Chris Caulfield being sent off.

In a see-saw encounter Woodview took the lead after 10 minutes with a wonder strike from left-back Paul Warnock from a free kick, all of 30 yards from goal.

Then one of the defining moments in the game took place when a shot by Owen Armstrong was parried by the home goalkeeper, only for the Woodview player to react quickly to return the ball into the middle for Paudie Hearty to steer it home.

However, the linesman raised his flag to signal the ball was out of play, and after that let-off the home side responded by hitting a long clearance upfield that resulted in a corner from which they equalised in the 44th minute.

A mix-up 10 minutes into the second half saw Woodview lose possession and they found themselves trailing as the ball was crossed into their box and fired to their net.

Woodview were rattled, but showed great character to fight back and equalise on 70 minutes when Mickey O'Kane found Owen Armstrong at the back post and the latter netted with a half-volley.

It was all Woodview then, with Armstrong denied by a great save by the home goalkeeper, only then for their dreams of mixing it with the big boys to be cruelly snatched from them.

Ray McCann slipped as the ball was played in behind him, and as he chased after an opponent he brought him down. In his view and that of his teammates the contact was outside the penalty box, but the referee decided otherwise and pointed to the spot. WOODVIEW CELTIC Padraig Gorham, Paul Warnock, Ray McCann, Chris Caulfield, Alan McCartney, Andrew Duffy (Conor Murphy 65), Stephen Grimes, Paul McArdle (Billy Smith 70), Owen Armstrong, Paudie Hearty, Mickey O'Kane.

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