Celtic win Magee Trophy on penalties

Cookstown Celtic's Kevin Kelly holds off Donal Doherty and Chris Ferguson of The Dons  during the Harlequin Oil Tanks John Magee Memorial Trophy Final at Crewe Park. RicPics. 8/3/13.
Cookstown Celtic's Kevin Kelly holds off Donal Doherty and Chris Ferguson of The Dons during the Harlequin Oil Tanks John Magee Memorial Trophy Final at Crewe Park. RicPics. 8/3/13.
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Cookstown Celtic travelled to Crewe Utd on Friday to take on The Dons in the John Magee trophy and ran out winners after penalties.

The game began very cagey with neither side looking to give away an early advantage. Celtic began to find their feet and went close from efforts by Hughes and Doherty.

Celtic made the breakthrough 35 minutes in when Junior Maguire raced through and finished fantastically with his left foot, to put Cookstown on top.

The Dons came surging back and could have been level only for Harley, on hand to block The Dons effort.

Celtic keeper O’Neill then did brilliantly to deny The Dons a certain goal just before halftime.

The second half was a similar event to the first as Celtic controlled the game but neither team created any clear-cut chances.

The Dons got their equaliser with three minutes left, when their striker was on hand to finish off a fine cross.

With no more goals, the game went straight to penalties.

Cookstown were up first and Maguire was unlucky to see his effort come off the post. However, The Dons couldn’t take advantage as O’Neill saved their first spot-kick.

Celtic scored their next penalty when Kelly tucked it away calmly.

The Dons blazed their next penalty over the bar, there was a similar outcome for Celtic’s third penalty as Hughes skied his effort. But again O’Neill was on hand with a super save to keep out the penalty.

Celtic scored again when Muldoon coolly stroked his penalty home before The Dons scored at their fourth attempt. Celtic now had their chance to win it and Doyle made no mistake as he blasted his penalty to the back of the net.

Cookstown Celtic thank asupporters who travelled and helped spur the team on, greatly appreciated.

Cookstown are back in league action on Saturday when they take on Maxx FC at Loughgall, 2.15pm.

Training is on Wednesdays at MUSA, 8pm.

Cookstown Celtic wish Kieran Doyle all the best as he makes the move to Australia and thank him for his contribution this season.