Football: Cookstown RBL secure easy win against Ballynure

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Cookstown RBL 4 Ballynure OB 0

Cookstown RBL entertained FC Ballynure at the Fairhill last Saturday. With so much rain it was touch and go whether the game would be played.

Fine work by Jim McPartland and Tommy McKelvey for getting water removed from around the two goal mouth areas insured the match went ahead.

With just Kelso missing from the starting line up it was the same team that had beaten Moyola the week before.

Cookstown started lively and they were having alot of the ball and the early chances. Arnie McPartland was again proving to be a thorn in the side of the Ballynure defence with his speed on the left wing.

Over the past few weeks the RBL have been guilty of squandering lots of chances and this match was proving to be the same. McMenemey had a great chance to open the scoring.

A beautifully flighted ball in by Ryan Smith and with the goal at his mercy , McMenemey headed the ball wide.

Corner after corner followed and several chances went a begging from several RBL players. RBL were playing some delightful football without finding the net but up stepped Joel Wylie to open the scoring and settle the RBL nerves.

A great cross from Simon Young into the box and there was Wylie soaring like an eagle to guide a bullet header into the net to make the score 1-0.

That seem to have a knock on effect because midfielder Benny Gray doubled the scoring five minutes later with a low rifled shot from 18 yards into the Ballynure net. Sprig McCaw had another chance to extend the score line when he headed wide when it seemed easier to score. The score at the interval was 2-0.

The second half started of much like the first all one way traffic to the Ballynure goal. Mitchell and mcpartland have been a revelation on the left side this year and both players were providing some quality balls for the Rbl frontline to feed off.

McMenemey finally got himself on the score sheet on 50 mins with a powerful strike giving the Ballynure keeper no chance. Defensively the RBL were sound with Allen at the back calling the shots. Dean Campbell had a pop at goal only to see his shot go wide.

Hampson came on for the injured Campbell and it was the wee scouse man who made the score 4-0 on the day. With his lightning pace he created an opening for himself and slotted the ball home from 16 yards out much to the delight of his team mates.

With no more scoring the match ended 4-0 to the home team. This result pushed Cookstown RBL to the top of the Ballymena Division 2.

This Saturday Cookstown RBL play Monkstown in the Canada Cup at Beechway with a 1.30pm.