Cookstown RBL 5 Ballynure 1
Cookstown RBL entertained FC Ballynure at Fairhill on Saturday. Just two weeks ago the Rbl came away a narrow 2.1 victors over the visitors that day but this was going to prove to be a different match all together.
As early as the first minute Cookstown had a great chance to open the scoring. A thunderous shot from McMenemy from all of 25 yards out beat the keeper but come crashing of the cross bar and out to safety. It was one way traffic with the RBL camped in the Ballynure half.
Chance after chance went a-begging. McGarvey hit a supberb shot only to see it go agonisingly wide. Corner after corner and chance after chance went a miss.
Campbell also had a chance only for hit to direct his header wide of an empty net. In form strikers Ally Young and McMeneny had great chances only to squander them all.
Ballynure did manage to venture into the Cookstown half and it was from a long throw that got a flick on and a Ballynure forward caught the RBL back four napping and he slipped in to bury the ball past Forrest in the goal giving him no chance. The visitors went into the break 1-0 up.
The second half started the same as the first with the RBL camped in the Ballynure half. Neil Young and James McPartland were now getting space down the flanks and providing some great balls in for the forwards to feed off.
With only 20 minutes left to play the RBL must of thought they were never going to score but up popped McPartland following the ball in to slot the ball past the Ballynure keeper to make the scores level.
Then the goal rush came. With their tails up RBL were now looking for a winner. Right back Simon Young made a great over lapping run and duely rifled in a low shot from 20 yards out into the back of the net to put the hosts into the lead for the first team to the relief of the management team of Gray and McKelvey.
Then Richard McMenemy got in on the act with a volley in the box to make the score 3-1.
Matt Inman came on for an injured McGarvey and he had an immediate imput into the game. With his first touch he managed to hit the woodwork but with his very next chance he scored.
With some delightful work from Young and Smith, Inman found himself in acres of space and he duely obliged giving the keeper no chance.
Over the period of the match RBL managed to hit the woodwork several times. Robbie Allen finished the scoring on the day with a free kick from all of 40 yards to round of the scoring 5-1 to Cookstown Rbl.
RBL: Forrest, S Young, Campbell, Allen, Mitchell, Smith, J McPartland, N Young, McGarvey, A Young, McMenemy, A McPartland, Inman
This week Cookstown RBL travel away to play Larne Olympic in the Linda Welshman cup at Inver Park