Cookstown Olympic earn valuable three points at Carrickfergus

Cookstown RBL's James Dunne puts pressure on a Cookstown Olympic defender during Saturday's derby clash at Beechway.INMM0816-345
Cookstown RBL's James Dunne puts pressure on a Cookstown Olympic defender during Saturday's derby clash at Beechway.INMM0816-345

Cookstown Olympic travelled to Carrickfergus last Saturday to play Woodlands and came away with a good 2-1 victory.

Once again Olympic found themselves one down after 10 minutes but they tested the Woodlands keeper two minutes later as Niall Doyle set up James McGahan for a shot from 25 yards that was pushed around the post.

On 22 minutes a Barry Potter free kick found Mark Meenan and he crossed for Mickey Meenan to shoot but the keeper deflected it wide.

The Olympic equalizer came after 37 minutes when a free kick from 30 yards out was struck by James McGahan that the keeper flapped at only to see his defender deflect it into the net.

Olympic were against the wind and the slope in the second half but played the football and after 47 minutes Niall Doyle got Mickey Meenan down the right wing for a cross that Danny McNulty just failed to reach.

Woodlands then had a good chance from a corner while Olympic on 53 minutes saw Tiarnan Brennan and Niall Doyle linking up for Danny McNulty to shoot just wide.

Olympic keeper Donovan McGuckin then pushed a fierce shot over the bar on 60 minutes while Mickey Meenan fed Niall Doyle who got the ball across the box to see Barry Potter hit it first time but wide after 70 minutes.

Cookstown’s goal then was wide open after 77 minutes but Woodlands missed while Olympic made them pay two minutes later as Niall Doyle drove into the box only to be upended for the penalty which Barry Potter blasted to the net. Olympic easily held out Woodlands to grab the three valuable points.

Olympic: D. McGuckin, R. Bloomer, L. Mullan, B. Potter, Mark Meenan, N. Doyle, T. Brennan, O. Maguire, D. McNulty, Michael Meenan and J. McGahan. Subs: P. Hughes, R. O’Neill and J. O’Neill.

This Saturday Olympic will be at home in the league against Mallusk Athletic with a 2pm kick off at Beechway.

Training will continue at 8pm on Thursdays on the synthetic pitch at MUSA.

The Lucky 4 Lottery numbers for Saturday 5th March were 2, 20, 21 and 24. There were no winners who matched four numbers for the £575 jackpot. There were no winners of the £30 prize for 3 numbers. The jackpot will be £575 for next week’s draw and tickets are available from any committee or team member.

The club are running a Last Man Standing competition which started on Saturday 6th February.