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solid rock hold 'view to draw

Going for their third-in-a-row Nivea for Men Premier Division title, Woodview Celtic faced one of the other two contenders, Rock Celtic, and both sides had to make do with a share of the spoils in a very exciting match played in Glenmuir which ended 2-2.

With only five minutes on the clock, the defending champions struck first when Billy Smith got in behind the Rock rearguard, and he neatly struck a shot past Rock netminder John Rogers to put his side one up.

Woodview held on to the lead for the rest of the first half, and almost went two up just before the break when Paudie Hearty shot narrowly wide.

During the half-time team talk Rock manager Shane Reddish must have hammered the message home to his players of the necessity to salvage something from the game, as it was a rejuvenated Rock side that returned in the second half.

Time and again they laid siege on the Woodview defence in search of an equalizer, with the 'keeper Padraig Gorham being called in to action on numerous occasions.

The vital breakthrough came on the hour. David Ward was on hand to finish off a good move following a neat passage of play from Gerry McSorley.

Rock kept up the momentum and deservedly took the lead 14 minutes later following a fine strike by former Dundalk player Cormaic McArdle.

For the remaining 15 minutes, Woodview displayed a lot more urgency in their play, and were rewarded with just six minutes to go with a Padraig Hearty equalizer to level matters, and keep his side with a one-point advantage at the top with just one match remaining against Duleek.