NICS 4-1 Cookstown
COOKSTOWN made a good start to the game by applying pressure straight form the whistle. It wasn’t long until the Reds won the first short corner of the game from which a well hit shot from Malcolm McWhirter put Cookstown 1-0 up until the umpire disallowed the goal for hitting a Cookstown foot before crossing the line.
Civil Service took the opportunity to counter after a Cookstown attack where they got the better of keeper Gillis and scored putting Civil 1-0 up. The Reds soon went 2-0 down from a short corner that beat Gillis through his legs.
Fortunately from some great play down the right by Watt and T Johnston, Cookstown were able to score when Thom roofed his reverse shot. Cookstown were then reduced to 10 men when R Turk was shown a yellow for a strong tackle. One of many controversial decisions. Civil were then awarded a stroke at the end of the first half when the ball hit Majors foot on the line.
Gillis was unlucky not to save the stroke despite going the right way. After half time Cookstown came out with some great passing moves but unfortunately were hit on the counter which Civil were able to score from. Cookstown were yet again reduced to 10 men when Allen’s stick hit an opposing player on the nose when he went in for a tackle on Allen. Cookstown were awarded the free but S Allen was shown a yellow, yet another controversial decision by the umpire. Even with a number of great chances towards the end the Reds were unable to bring a goal back. Man of the match was T Johnston who was a key player for the team.
Team-A Gillis, G Major, M McWhirter, R Johnston, R Turk, T, Johnston, S Allen, P Johnston, P Watt, C Turk, Richard Thom