Football: Cookstown RBL maintain unbeaten start to season

Cookstown RBL's Stephen Ramsay floats in this inviting cross during Saturday's league encounter with Woodlands at Beechway.INMM4015-370
Cookstown RBL's Stephen Ramsay floats in this inviting cross during Saturday's league encounter with Woodlands at Beechway.INMM4015-370
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Cookstown RBL 1-1 Woodlands

Cookstown Royal British Legion claimed a draw at the weekend as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

Before kick-off on at Beechway both teams and supporters observed a minutes silence respectfully in respect to the death of players Gareth Hutton and Fulton Ross on the death of their mother and mother-in-law Marcella Hutton.

Cookstown RBL's Stephen Ramsay wins this tackle during Saturday's league clash with Woodlands at Beechway.INMM4015-369

Cookstown RBL's Stephen Ramsay wins this tackle during Saturday's league clash with Woodlands at Beechway.INMM4015-369

In the game itself the RBL took on Woodlands and held on to their unbeaten league record with a hard fought draw against a spirited and physical woodlands side.

This was a game which could have gone either way and a draw was a fair reflection considering both teams missed chances.

In the first half RBL had most of the ball and dictated the pace of the game but couldnt take their chances when they came and it was disappointing for the team to go in at half-time on level terms despite their dominance.

Ten minutes into the second half Gareth Ramsey broke the deadlock having been put in by a superb cross from Steven Ramsey.

Having taken the lead the RBL sat back and allowed Woodlands to dominate the play and had Neil Young to thank on a few occasions for keeping their lead.

Eventually the Woodlands pressure lead to the equaliser with a great strike from all of twenty five yards which gave the impressive Neil Young no chance in the RBL goal.

RBL had to defend stoutly for the remaining 20 minutes and to be fair the players showed alot of guts and determination to earn a well deserved point and keep their unbeaten record.

Team: N Young, M Hill, J Taylor, L Smith, S Purvis, G Ramsey, S Ramsey, L Hunter, B Gray, J McPartland, J Dunn, G Hull, M Morton, G Smyton, K McCaw.