Friday 15 December 2017

Reserves almost suffer de ja vu

WOODVIEW Celtic closed the gap at the top of the Premier Reserve to two points with this hard-earned win against a strong Navan Cosmos side.

After the previous week's disappointing result the Dundalk men needed to hit the ground running and they did just that, racing into a two-goal lead in the opening 15 minutes.

Ger Rafferty opened the scoring with a cool finish after some neat play down the right side between Sean Bailey and Martin Murphy, and midfielder Marius Jasiskis - who is starting to find his form again after a long injury lay-off - got the second when he broke free from midfield and powered the ball past the keeper from outside the box.

At 2-0 Woodview found themselves in a similar position as the previous game against Trim Celtic when they totally collapsed, and when Cosmos pulled a goal back mid-way through the first half you could see the nerves throughout the Woodview side.

In truth they needed the half-time whistle just so they could regroup.

The second half was a similar story to the first, with Woodview coming fast out of the blocks, and within minutes it was 3-1, Murphy scoring one of the goals of the season with a 25-yard free kick that left the keeper with no chance.

Woodview looked comfortable and they soon made it 4-1, the goal stemming from a wonderful piece of team play that carved open the Cosmos defence.

Jimmy Byrne, who had only come on, played a lovely one-two with Murphy and then fed Jasiskis, and with Bailey racing outside him on the right he played a perfectly weighted pass and Bailey's first-time cross was superbly headed in by Rafferty for his fifth goal in three games.

Woodview surely couldn't throw it all away again, but when Cosmos got a goal back after a mix-up in the Woodview defence they took control of the game and grabbed a third goal with 10 minutes left to set up a frantic finish.

However, the home side stood strong after that and defended stubbornly to hang on for three important league points. WOODVIEW CELTIC: Micheal Mc Allister, Sean Bailey, Conor Mc Erlean, Shane English, Colin Warnock, Martin Murphy (John Duffy 65), Marius Jasiskis, Daithi O'Connor (Jimmy Byrne 55), Stephen Begley, Ger Rafferty, Kevin O Hanlon (Derek Moran 70).

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