Cookstown 10 Mossley 1
COOKSTOWN clawed themselves off the bottom of the league table with a comprehensive victory over Mossley at Coolnafranky. The Reds were looking for a positive reaction to their Irish Cup exit to Banbridge and they completely dominated the tie and put ten past a helpless Mossley rearguard.
The home side completely dominated the first half and net-minder Hughes did not even touch the ball in the early stages.
Ian Sloan opened the scoring early on when he converted from a second penalty corner. Smyth was next to grab a goal as he got the final touch on a penalty corner to make it 2-0.
Mossley came into the game more but when a pass was intercepted by Butler it led to a great breakaway attack where Crooks scored.
The rout continued when Cuddy set up Smyth to score his second. Just before half-time Cuddy got in on the act to leave the half-time score 5-0 to Cookstown and game over.
Mossley made a few positional changes at the start of the second half and McCrea began to see more of the ball. For the next 15 minutes Mossley saw a lot of the ball and Hughes got involved with a couple of good saves to keep his goal intact. However, he was eventually beaten mid way through the half when Stephen Clarke followed up at a penalty corner to make the score 5-1.
This was the wake-up call that Cookstown needed and from then until the end of the game they cut through the visitors defence almost at will. All of the 5 goals scored were sweeping passing moves from one end of the pitch to the other. None of the goals were shots but were passed into the net as all of the team got involved. The highlight goal was when a Mossley penalty corner was charged down and within four passes Ryan Millar was left with a tap-in. Smyth completed his hat-trick, Cuddy and Crooks got their second goals and Allen completed the demolition to secure the Reds first league win of the season.
The Reds travel to The Glade for the away fixture against Mossley next Saturday where the County Antrim outfit will be a completely different kettle of fish on their own patch.
Cookstown 2nd XI start their Irish Junior Cup campaign next Saturday with a home fixture against North Down at 2.30pm