Football: Cookstown RBL beaten by better side

Cookstown RBL Captain Gary Donaldson receiving the match ball from Rab on behalf of DBS Building Supplies who sponsored the team's match at the weekend. Thanks from all at Cookstown RBL.
Cookstown RBL Captain Gary Donaldson receiving the match ball from Rab on behalf of DBS Building Supplies who sponsored the team's match at the weekend. Thanks from all at Cookstown RBL.

COOKSTOWN RBL 0

NEWINGTON RESERVES 4

An under strength Cookstown RBL went down tamely to a very good Newington side.

Within 10 minutes RBL conceded after a mix up in the defence gave the Newington striker a simple tap in. RBL did respond well to this early setback and James McPartland wasted a golden opportunity when put clear only to see his shot saved by the Newington keeper.

Gareth Ramsey was then unlucky to volley a flick on from Stephen Purvis onto the crossbar. Five minutes from half time Newington broke out from defence and got a second after a well worked move.

The second half saw RBL control much of the game but were unable to create any clear openings to get themselves back into the match.

Despite all their pressure RBL conceded a third against the run of play which gave Newington an unassailable lead.

With five minutes remaining a mistake by an RBL defender allowed Newington to score a fourth which gave a flattering touch to the scoreline although Newington were the better side.

RBL: B. Chambers, J. Taylor, G. Donaldson, G. Smyton, A. McPartland, G. Ramsey, T. Ferguson, L. Hunter, S. Ramsey, J. McPartland, S. Purvis, G. Hull, M. Hill

This Saturday Cookstown RBL have an away fixture against Ballyclare Comrades Reserves at 2pm.

A team representing the club are running the Belfast marathon on 2nd May in aid of Alziemher’s society and would ask anyone who would like to donate to this worthy cause by logging onto https://www.justgiving.com/richard-mcpartland/

Their donations will be greatly appreciated by the club and especially the marathon runners who will be tired and sore for their efforts. Thank you to all who support this cause.