Cookstown Celtic defeated in Omagh by Harps

Cookstown Celtic. Pic: Daron Patterson

Cookstown Celtic. Pic: Daron Patterson

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Strathroy Harps 4

Cookstown Celtic 1

Celtic travelled to take on Strathroy Harps on Saturday and despite a good performace lost 4-1 to a very strong Strathroy side.

Both teams started the game brightly with Celtic going close through O’Neill and Devlin, however it was the hosts who took the lead when a deflected shot wrong footed the Celtic keeper.

Celtic were still causing the hosts problems but found themselves further behind when a rocket of a shot from the Harps attacker flew into the top corner giving the keeper no chance just before the break.

Celtic started the second half much the better team and pulled a goal back after good work from McNicholl and O’Neill set up Devlin who made no mistake with his back post header.

The game swung on the hour mark when McGahan went close to levelling but his effort just went wide. The hosts took advantage of this let off when another well hit shot from range nestled into the bottom corner.

Harps got their fourth after a swift counter attack which again seen a sublime finish giving the Celtic keeper no chance.

This week there will be no training, however the final pre-season game will take place on Wednesday night when Cookstown Celtic take on Coalisland Athletic at Gortgonis with a 7.30pm kick off.

This Saturday Celtic are back in competitive action when they travel to take on Banbridge Town Reserves in the Marshall Cup.

A bus will be leaving Mulligans Bar at 12.15pm, any supporters wishing to travel should contact any club member for further information.