Football: Cookstown Olympic share the spoils with Desertmartin Swifts

Desertmartin Swifts and Cookstown Olympic battle for the ball during Saturday's league encounter at Beechway.INMM4014-398
Desertmartin Swifts and Cookstown Olympic battle for the ball during Saturday's league encounter at Beechway.INMM4014-398
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Cookstown Olympic 3-3 Desertmartin Swifts-

Cookstown Olympic entertained Desertmartin Swifts in the league last Saturday, and ended up drawing 3-3.

Olympic started quickest and after five minutes Ned Johnston crossed for a Matty Hughes snap shot to go just wide.

The first goal for Olympic came after 10 minutes as Crippy Eastwood had a shot from 20 yards and the Desertmartin keeper pushed the ball out and Tony Keenan reacted quickest to slot the ball to the net.

Two minutes later Olympic scored again from Tony Keenan but he was ruled offside.

After 15 minutes however Desertmartin leveled the match while Olympic then went 2-1 in front after 25 minutes when, from a direct free kick 25 yards out, Matty Hughes curled one beyond the keeper.

On 28 minutes Matty Hughes broke clear and shot but the keeper blocked the ball out to Tony Keenan whose chip was pushed away to safety.

With five minutes remaining of the first half Desertmartin again leveled the match.

The second half started off with both sides cancelling each other out until 60 minutes when Desertmartin went 3-2 in front to put Olympic under pressure.

Olympic then were reduced to ten men after 75 minutes when having used all their subs, Danny Maguire suffered an injury that meant he could not play on.

The management then reshuffled the formation and Olympic pressed as much as they could having some half chances but then Ryan Bloomer drew Olympic level at 3-3 with one of his special long range shots from 35 yards which he placed well beyond the reach of the Desertmartin keeper.

Team: J O’Neill, D McGuckin, R Bloomer, R Mullan, M Meenan, S McVey, O Maguire, M Hughes, C Eastwood, T Keenan, and N Johnston. Subs M O’Hare and D Maguire.