Emphatic final day win seals Keightley Cup

DELIGHTED... Cookstown Hockey team Captain Keith Black shows his delight as Cookstown lifted the league title.mm14-353sr PICTURE : Simon Robinson.
DELIGHTED... Cookstown Hockey team Captain Keith Black shows his delight as Cookstown lifted the league title.mm14-353sr PICTURE : Simon Robinson.
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Cookstown 11 North Down 0

COOKSTOWN romped to their fourth league title in five years with this emphatic victory over relegated North Down. The game as a contest was over after 10 minutes as, by that stage, Cookstown were already four up. Ian Sloan had helped himself to a hat-trick and Andy Barbour had also weighed in with a well worked team goal.

Before the half time break Greg Allen and Paul Thompson both netted, to start the champagne corks popping. Euan Butler was unlucky not to get on the goal scoring charts when his trademark bullet penalty corner drag was just tipped over the bar by Coates.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Ian Hughes not being involved in the game at all. Ian Sloan grabbed another couple of goals with Greg Allen, David Best and Stephen Sloan also netting.

Mr Michael Graham, representing the Ulster Branch, presented the trophy to the jubilant Cookstown squad. This was the first time that the Reds have actually won the trophy on their own ground, and this was the first time this season that they actually were found themselves in first spot in the league table.

Cookstown now turn their attention to their IHL campaign in which they are sitting in pole position in their group following wins over Banbridge and Glenanne and a draw with Monkstown. The Reds travel to Cork to take on Cork Harlequins on Saturday 14th April with a 1pm start.