Football: Ten man Cookstown RBL narrowly beaten

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Cookstown RBL 0-1 Ballyclare Comrades Reserves -

Cookstown RBL played host to last year’s league champions Ballyclare Comrades Reserves on a fine afternoon at Beechway.

The visitors started the match the brighter side, retaining possession well and looking to exploit any openings but were becoming increasingly frustrated by a stalwart defensive display marshalled by Suitor and Smith.

It was towards the end of the first half though that saw Ballyclares endeavour finally break the deadlock, with RBL unable to clear their lines from a corner the away side were able to claim a scrappy goal.

The second half started much the same and within minutes RBL were down to ten men after a deliberate handball on the line. The resulting penalty however saw a wonder save by Young to deny Ballyclare the chance to double their lead.

With the extra man Ballyclare proceeded to test the RBL’s resolve but tireless work from the midfield trio of O’Neill, Ross and Graham saw the majority of the visitors chances limited to long range efforts.

RBL might have nicked a point from the game themselves with a few chances falling to A McPartland and J McPartland on the break, but with the Ballyclare keeper seeing them wide.

A very spirited and battling display against tough opposition saw the RBL come away with a narrow one nil defeat.

RBL team: Young, Ferguson, Suitor, Smith, R McPartland, J McPartland, Graham, Ross, O’Neill, A McPartland, Greer. Subs: McKenzie, Hutton, D McPartland.

Saturday 27th sees Cookstown RBL welcome Antrim Rovers in another league affair, which will either be at Fairhill or Mid Ulster Sports Arena depending on pitch availability.