Football: Cookstown Olympic through after end to end affair at Beechway

HEADER... Cookstown Olympic win this aerial encounter during last Saturday's league clash with Castle Star at Beechway.INMM4413-344SR
HEADER... Cookstown Olympic win this aerial encounter during last Saturday's league clash with Castle Star at Beechway.INMM4413-344SR
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Cookstown Olympic, sponsored this season by Dunleath Bar, entertained Castle Star on Saturday in the third round of the Crawford Cup and, after extra time, progressed to the next round.

Castle Star settled very quickly and were one up after 2 minutes. However, Olympic equalized after 8 minutes when Kieran Loughry hit a sweet free kick. Unfortunately two minutes later the visitors went 2-1 up while Olympic had to struggle to contain their forwards.

The scores were level at two all on 25 minutes after a Jonny O’Neill cross was headed into his own net by a Castle Star defender under pressure from Connor O’Reilly.

Olympic thought they had weathered the storm only for Castle Star to go 3-2 up after 30 minutes while Ryan Devlin had a shot cleared off the line on 36 minutes and Kieran Loughry hit the post four minutes later.

Olympic started the second half well and were level at 3-3 on 50 minutes when Connor O’Reilly played a one two with Matty Hughes and then finished from six yards.

Matty Hughes then had a one-on-one 8 minutes later which the keeper saved while Castle Star stung Olympic on 70 minutes when they went 4-3 in front.

Olympic went looking for the equalizer and it came on 75 minutes as Nigel Johnston put Matty Hughes through and this time he finished smartly. With the game heading towards extra time Castle Star hit the post and Olympic then saw a goal-bound effort cleared off the line.

The first half of extra time saw few chances but the game was becoming more open ended and the decisive goal came with six minutes left in the second period of extra time.

Olympic controlled the ball out of defence with Liam Mullan who found Connor O’Reilly and he then put Pearce McConkey through for a straight forward chip over the advancing keeper.

Olympic: S Conway, L Mullan, D McCabe, M Meenan, J O’Neill, C O’Reilly, R Devlin, D McGuckin, K Loughry, M Hughes and N Johnston. Subs R Scullion, M O’Hare and P McConkey.

This Saturday Olympic will entertain Cookstown Celtic in the second round of the Mid Ulster Shield with a 1.30pm kick off at Beechway.

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

The Lucky 4 Lottery numbers for Saturday 26th October were 2, 7, 10 and 20. There were no winners who matched four numbers for the £325 jackpot or 3 numbers. The jackpot will now be £325 for next week’s draw and tickets are available from any committee or team member.