Football: McCloskey seals win for Cookstown Celtic over Santos

Action from the Cookstown Celtic and Santos. Pic: Daron Patterson.
Action from the Cookstown Celtic and Santos. Pic: Daron Patterson.
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Cookstown Celtic returned to league action on Saturday and recorded a valuable 2-0 victory over Santos.

Having not played in three weeks due to the adverse weather, Celtic started slowly and showed signs of rustiness.

It took them fifteen minutes to register their first meaningful attempt when Muldoon slipped in McCaffrey on goal but his effort was cleared of the line by the recovering defender.

Celtic should have taken the lead soon after when McCaffrey released McGahan in on goal but his lobbed effort was easily saved by the visitor’s keeper.

At the other end Santos had a great chance after a mix up in the Celtic defence but O’Neill pulled off a terrific point blank save to keep the scores level.

This let off spurred Celtic into life and they took the lead after a fine flowing move. Harley released McCaffrey down the left and his fine cross found O’Neill at the back post who nodded the ball down to McGahan and he made no mistake rifling the ball into the roof of the net.

Celtic started the second half playing against a very strong breeze but almost doubled there lead straight away but O’Neill’s effort could only find the side netting.

Celtic were dealing comfortably with the visitor’s attack and should have increased their lead when O’Hare’s effort came off both posts before being cleared to safety.

Celtic did get the important second goal when McCloskey was on hand to loop a clever header beyond the keeper.

Celtic had further chances to add to their tally but couldn’t do so before the full time whistle and they settled for a 2-0 victory.

Cookstown Celtic will host Donaghcloney in league action this Saturday at the Fairhill with a 2.15pm kick off

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