Thursday 19 April 2018

Woodview forced to dig deep for victory

WOODVIEW'S second string remain unbeaten but were made to work hard for their three points by Drogheda Town in the Premier Reserve league.

Both teams started well and the first chance of the match fell to Barry Carr after some neat play down the left involving Stephen Begley and Martin Murphy, but he was unable to convert.

Mid-way through the half Drogheda went ahead when a long ball over the top caught the Woodview defence napping and their number 10 made no mistake to sweep the ball past Ciaran Taaffe.

This goal was a wake-up call for Woodview and they drew level straightaway, Sean Bailey scoring with a well-taken effort after being played in by Stephen Grimes.

And soon after Eimhin Caldwell picked the ball up wide on the right and cut in, leaving two players in his wake, before burying the ball past the helpless keeper to score his first goal in woodview colours.

At 2-1 Woodview looked to be coasting, but just before half-time Town were awarded a penalty for a foul by Gerard Garvey and Town's number 10 grabbed his second goal of the day.

There were some harsh words from manager Wayne Conroy at half-time and after the break it was all one-way traffic, with the home side defending for their lives.

Woodview kept patient and eventually Bailey edged them in front again with a simple tap-in after a good move involving Grimes and Murphy.

Drogheda had a great chance to equalise when their number 14 somehow missed an open goal at the back post and there were only five minutes left when Woodview wrapped up the points. Murphy, who was impressive in the second half, played Caldwell in down the right channel and the youngster steadied himself and finished coolly under the advancing keeper.

That wasn't the end of the drama, though, as in stoppag time Bailey was shown a straight red card following what Woodview felt was a 50/50 challenge and right at the death Grimes was also dismissed for retaliating to a bad tackle.

The resulting suspensions will hit Woodview hard as they prepare for this week's top-of-the-table clash with Rock Celtic at Sandy Lane.

WOODVIEW CELTIC: Ciaran Taaffe, Gerard Garvey (Brian McCloskey 60), Conor McErlean, Shane English, Stephen Begley, Martin Murphy, Marius Jasiskis, Stephen Grimes, Eimhin Caldwell, Barry Carr (Gerard Rafferty 75), Sean Bailey.

The Argus