On April 9th, Cookstown U14s travelled to Lisnagarvey to play in the All Ireland, John Waring tournament- a 6 team tournament made up of the the top two teams from Ulster, Leinster and Munster.
The tournament started with a tough match against a very physical Dublin High School team.
Cookstown created a number of chances early on in the match before the Leinster side started to find their rhythm and Joshua McCabe was called upon to make a number of crucial saves which allowed Cookstown to gain their first tournament points.
The next match saw Cookstown face the Sullivan team that they had faced the week before in the shared Ferris Cup final. Again it was a closely fought match with very little between the two teams.
A well worked short corner saw Scott McCabe deflect a Jack Haycock hit high into the net to break the deadlock and give Cookstown their first win.
The third match saw Cookstown play their best hockey so far against the Munster team, Ashton. A slight change formation saw Matthew Glendinning move forwards into centre midfield, Danny Kerr into left midfield and Callum Scott back into centre back.
After conceding a soft goal in the early minutes, Cookstown really started to find form and dominate the match.
A well placed shot form the edge of the circle by Scott McCabe, an own goal and a penalty stroke and short corner from Jack Haycock saw them run out comfortable 4-1 winners and leave them well placed in the table before the lunch time break.
Game four against Middleton saw another tight match that Cookstown had chances to score but they were thwarted by a well organised defence. Full-time 0-0.
The final match of the tournament was against St Andrews who had already claimed the title after four straight wins. This was a important match as the result, plus the result of the match against Ashton and Dublin High School would decide the final placings of the tournament.
Cookstown couldn’t have stared more poorly as St Andrews scored in the opening seconds of the match following a dominant, unchallenged run by their centre forward.
This woke Cookstown up and they started to gain some better ball possession and territory. Tom Black had an exceptional match at left back using his speed and strength to consistently stop the St Andrew’s side from attacking down their right. Andrews scored again before Cookstown responded with a short corner from Jack Haycock.
The Leinster champions then put the game out of reach with their third goal which capped off a dominant tournament performance which set the standard that Cookstown must try to emulate.
This was an excellent way to finish the season and the team must be given a lot of credit for their dedication this year.
1 St Andrews
2 Cookstown High School
4 Dublin High School
6 Sullivan Upper