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COOKSTOWN Olympic travelled to play Ballymoney United Reserves last Saturday in the Linda Welshman Cup and thanks to poor finishing came away suffering a five four loss.

A great start saw Olympic one nil up after two minutes when A Ryan O’Neill corner fell to Johnny and he blasted home from 6 yards but somewhat against the run of play Ballymoney equalized after 10 minutes with the Olympic defence looking for offside.

It was all Olympic after that with a one on one for Richard McMenemy after 20 minutes and another chance on 25 minutes when Ryan Devlin put one across the box only for Johnny O’Neill to squeeze it wide.

Then three minutes later it was another headed chance for Johnny O’Neill who saw his effort superbly saved by the Money keeper.

These missed chances came back to haunt Olympic in a strange penalty decision for Ballymoney after 43 minutes when the spot kick was awarded as a Ballymoney player tripped over a fallen Olympic player who was lying flat on the ground.

Two one to Ballymoney at half time when the match could have possibly have been beyond them. The second half started similarly to the first with Olympic having a Ryan O’Neill shot saved after 51 minutes and then pulling level at two all on 65 minutes when Eamon McSloy crossed for Ryan Devlin to head to the net.

Five minutes later and Ballymoney were three two up as Olympic let a cross go straight into the net but it was level three minutes later when substitute Ryan Bloomer blasted a shot in off the crossbar.

Ballymoney then went back in front after 77 minutes when the Olympic keeper spilled the ball for an easy tap in.

On 83 minutes Ballymoney got their fifth from a long range shot. Olympic battled back and got a penalty after 85 minutes which Ryan O’Neill finished but the official then blew the final whistle within a minute of the restart which led to a lot of complaints from the Olympic squad. Team: Ja O’Neill, D Campbell, E McSloy, L Mullan, L Mitchell, R Devlin, C O’Reilly, Jo O’Neill, M Meenan, R McMenemy and R O’Neill. Subs R Bloomer and M O’Hare.

Training will now take place on Thursdays only. All training sessions will take place on the synthetic pitch at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena with a7pm start on Thursday.

The Lucky 4 Lottery numbers for Saturday 12th November were 4, 12, 16 and 17. There were no winners who matched four numbers for the £350 jackpot. There were two winners who matched 3 numbers, M Meenan and J O’Neill and they shared the £30 prize. The jackpot will now be £350 for next week’s draw and tickets are available from any committee or team member.