COOKSTOWN Olympic travelled to Mossley last Saturday to play Ballynure Old Boys from the Intermediate League in the first round of the Crawford Cup. The end result was a six two defeat for Olympic but the score was not a true reflection of the match.
Olympic were playing good passing football and taking on Ballynure in all parts of the pitch and were equipping themselves well against an Intermediate side.
However when they went in at half time Olympic were four nil down but the official had a poor match missing two clear off sides and also a ball that was out over the bye line which contributed to the first three goals. Dean Campbell was also the recipient of a nasty hand injury which failed to catch the ref’s attention and he had to be replaced at half time.
Olympic maintained their shape and tactics and after 55 minutes pulled a goal back when Ryan O’Neill blasted a free kick past the Ballynure keeper.
The alarm bells started ringing for the home team three minutes later as Olympic got their second when Richard McMenemy received the ball on the left of the 18 yard area and proceeded to chip the defender and keeper for a sweet finish.
Ballynure then resorted to some strong tackling which resulted in a straight red for their midfielder after he two footed Liam Mullan who then had to be replaced. With Olympic putting the pressure on the match changed on a challenge than the ref deemed worthy of a penalty for Ballynure and gave them a fifth goal after 80 minutes and they added their sixth with 4 minutes to go.
All in all a good solid performance from Olympic which saw them equate themselves well against higher division opposition. Team J O’Neill, D Campbell, L Mullan, M Meenan, J O’Neill, R Devlin, C O’Reilly, L Hoy, L Mitchell, R McMenemy and R O’Neill. Subs R Scullion, R Bloomer and J Gilmore. Next week Cookstown Olympic will have a home league fixture against Grange Rangers with a 2pm kick off at Beechway.
Training will now take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All training sessions will take place on the grass at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena with an 8.00pm start on Tuesday and 7pm start on Thursday.
The Lucky 4 Lottery numbers for Saturday 8th October were 5, 19, 21 and 22. There were no winners who matched four numbers for the £300 jackpot. There were also no winners who matched 3 numbers. The jackpot will now be £300 for next week’s draw and tickets are available from any committee or team member.