Marshall Cup victory for Cookstown Celtic

Cookstown Celtic winners at the weekend. RicPics
Cookstown Celtic winners at the weekend. RicPics

Cookstown Celtic got their new season under way when they travelled to take on Banbridge Town Reserves in the first round of the Marshall Cup and they recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory.

Celtic started the game well and had a few early chances through O’Hare and McCloskey but couldnt convert them.

Celtic were dominating the game but couldn’t find the breakthrough whilst at the other end Ryan O’Neill in the Celtic goal had to make a smart save to keep the scores level at half time.

Celtic started the second half were they left off again going close with efforts from O’Hare and McCloskey. Celtic did get the breakthrough after the hour mark when McCloskey did well to rob the defender before being upended in the box.

O’Neill in the Celtic goal made the long walk to the other side of the field to take the spot kick and he made no mistake, dispatching the ball into the bottom corner.

Celtic should have doubled their lead soon after but somehow McGahan missed from only yards out as the goal was at his mercy.

Celtic did increase their lead with ten minutes remaining when a fine ball by McGahan released O’Hare and he slotted the ball past the onrushing keeper to seal the victory.

This Saturday Cookstown Celtic resume their league action when they travel to Portadown to take on Rectory Rangers with a 2.15pm kick off.

Training continues Thursday nights at MUSA 7-8pm. Everyone welcome.