Football: Cookstown Olympic come back from two down to win against Desertmartin

Cookstown Olympic's James McGahan gets a shot off on goal during Saturday's league clash with Mallusk Athletic at Beechway.INMM1116-338 PICTURES : Simon Robinson
Cookstown Olympic's James McGahan gets a shot off on goal during Saturday's league clash with Mallusk Athletic at Beechway.INMM1116-338 PICTURES : Simon Robinson

Cookstown Olympic travelled to play Desertmartin Swifts last Saturday and came away with a good 3-2 victory as well as three vital league points.

Olympic were one down after five minutes, but came back strongly for the remainder of the half and had chances from Oisin Maguire, Michael Meenan and John Gilmore.

The Cookstown men had their keeper Donovan McGuckin to thank for pulling off a number of good saves during the first half.

Within five minutes of the start of the second half Olympic found themselves two down and regretting their missed chances.

However, within a few minutes later they had pulled a goal back from a James McGahan corner with the under pressure Desertmartin defender heading into his net.

Desertmartin applied pressure but Donovan McGuckin was quick off his line to avert the danger. The referee then had to stop the match for five minutes due to a torrential rain storm that could have seen the match abandoned, but luckily it finally stopped.

A corner on 62 minutes saw Ryan Bloomer supply a powerful header that the keeper parried away, while on 70 minutes Olympic were level as Matty Hughes went on a run and put James Gahan away and his cross found Danny McNulty who rounded a defender and buried the ball into the net.

The Olympic pressure was building and on 80 minutes Michael Meenan went on another run and slipped it to Danny McNulty who let rip a bullet of a shot from 20 yards which the Desertmartin keeper blocked round the post.

The winning goal came after 85 minutes when Ryan O’Neill cleared to James McGahan and he squared to Niall Doyle who laid it off to Matty Hughes who right footed it into the goal.

Olympic: D. McGuckin, R. Bloomer, R. Mullan, Mark Meenan, N. Doyle, T. Brennan, O. Maguire, R. O’Neill, J. Gilmore, Michael Meenan and J. McGahan. Subs: D. McNulty, M. Hughes and M. Carberry.

This Saturday Olympic will be at home to FC Whiteabbey in the league with a 2pm kick off at Beechway.

Training has now ceased for the rest of the season.

The Lucky 4 Lottery numbers for Saturday 26th March were 4, 13,14 and 20. 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.