Cookstown RBL 2
Sport and Leisure Reserves 0
The RBL entertained Belfast side Sport and Leisure Reserves at The Fairhill last Saturday.
The visitors, with a mixture of youth and experience, were happy enough to play the ball from the back line out to the wings but the Cookstown RBL, playing a new formation, were happy enough to sit and soak up any passing movements.
It was the Cookstown side who made the first real chance of the afternoon. A cross in from Dunn went right across the box and midfielder Ryan Smith hit a low shot which beat the keeper, only for a defender to clear it of the line.
Lee Mitchell, back in the team after injury, had a great chance. With a long surging run he unleashed a shot from 25 yards out only to see it go the wrong side of the post.
Sport and Leisure were still playing some lovely passing football but the RBL back four of Campbell, Martin, Simon Young and Lee Mitchell had them contained.
Super striker Ally Young was now warming to the task of being a lone striker and it was his perserverance that got him the opening goal. Young and Allen were now clicking and when they linked up it caused problems for Leisure’s back four. A neat bit of play and Ally Young sent a thunderous shot into the net giving the opposing keeper no chance.
Now having the lead, the RBL settled in to the play that has seen them league leaders. Chances were few and far between in the first half but the RBL went into the half time interval with a slender lead.
The second period started with the local team creating more and more chances but squandering them all. With a quick ball through Ally Young found himself on goal only for him to be fouled inside the box only for the referee to point to the edge of it.
Standing over the ball Ally Young took a step back and superbly placed a freekick high into the corner of the net that no keeper in the world would have saved.
With the pressure off, the RBL started to stroke the ball about and were now getting chances.
Robbie Allen was joining in on the act but he could not find that finishing touch that would of got him a goal on the day.
Ally Young had several great scoring chances to had to his brace of goals but the match ended up a comfortable 2-0 win to Cookstown RBL.
Cookstown RBL: Neil Young, Simon Young, Martin, Campbell, Mitchell, McGarvey, Smith, Allen, Dunn, Rollins, Ally Young
This Saturday January 19 Cookstown RBL entertain second placed team Rathcoole FC at the Fairhill at 2pm.
Cookstown RBL FC offer their sincere condolences to Kyra Eastwood on the sudden loss of her father Steven who was a well known person in Cookstown.