Cookstown High School 12 - Banbridge 0
Saturday saw Cookstown travelling to Banbridge to play their first McCullough Cup group match of the season against Banbridge Academy 2nd XI.
After a poor performance on Wednesday against Portadown College the players were anxious to ensure that that level of performance wasn’t repeated. They needn’t have worried, as from the first whistle they played an expansive, passing game that allowed them to dominate possession.
The defensive line of Nelson, Kerr, Wensley and McConnell formed a solid platform which gave excellent service into Ian and Tony Johnston and Ryan Donaldson in the CHS midfield. This service allowed Cookstown to play a lot of hockey in the Banbridge final third and force lots of shooting opportunities and short corners.
Scott Nelson established himself as one of the most potent drag flickers in the school boy game with a hatrick of drag flicks in the first half. Two well taken field goals were picked up by Callum Anderson leaving it 5-0 at half time.
The focus at half time was to continue playing the same, unselfish hockey and make sure that they didn’t concede any goals.
The players implemented this well and continued all the way through the second half notching up another 7 goals with Callum Anderson scoring a second half hatrick and reaching the rare milestone of scoring 5 field goals in one match and taking him to the top of team goal scoring table. The other goals were picked up by Luke Simpson, Elliott Harpur, Chris Millar and captain Tony Johnston.
This Saturday see CHS entertain Regent House at home in a double header for both the McCullough Cup and the Irish schools qualifiers.
Squad: Joshua Anderson, Thomas Sterling, Scott Nelson, Michael Kerr, Jonathan Wensley, Timmy Sloan, Tony Johnston, Ian Johnston, Ryan Donaldson, Chris Millar, Callum Anderson, Luke Simpson, Joel Anderson, Alan Carson, Brett McConnell , Elliott Harpur.