Larne Olympic 5
Cookstown RBL 4
Cookstown RBL made the long trip to Larne to play Division One team Larne Olympic in the second round of the Linda Welshman Cup.
With so many injuries and players unavailable RBL had a very under strength team.
In the early exchanges a young Larne team were moving the ball about well but it was McMenemy who had the first chance just seeing his shot wide of the target.
It was the home team who took the lead. Some scrappy work in the defence and a fumble by Forest in the RBL goal there seemed to be a hand ball and the ref pointed to the spot. The Larne forward put the ball past Forest who did manage to get a hand to it but to no avail.
Cookstown RBL then started to play the football that has kept them top of the league in there own division.
Some neat work on the left flank and James McPartland broke into the box only to be brought down and the ref duely pointed to the spot for the second time. Up stepped Simon Young who cooly put the ball into the net with the help of the cross bar.
Then in form striker McMenemy latched unto a ball and from 25 yards out lobbed the keeper to make the score 2-1 to the visitors. Back came Larne and from a throw in a player hit the ball from 25 yards out and the ball flew past Forest.
Matt Inman then got himself on the score sheet. With some neat play between the two Young brothers a finely threaded ball found Inman who rounded the keeper and put the ball into the net.
With only 10 minutes gone in the second half McMenemy scored again. A shot form 20 yards out giving the keeper no chance made the score 4-2 to the Division Three side.
With such a depleted side the RBL had only one sub and legs were starting to tire. What seemed like a comfortable lead with only 10 minutes remaining soon dwindled away.
Larne pushed up there big men and the RBL were sitting deep. High balls were pushed in the Larne team found the net again from a header to make it 4-3.
With only minutes left Larne found an equaliser. The RBL defence could not contain the ariel assault and they found the net again with a shot from just five yards out to make the game all square.
Larne’s never-say-die attitude led to the winner with seconds remaining. A cross from the left flank caught everyone out along the RBL defence and there was another Larne player to put a shot past Forest in the goal to make the final score 5-4 to Larne Olympic.
This week it’s back to league action and Cookstown RBL make the trip to Doagh to play Newtonabbey Old Boys FC.