Soccer: Rampant Celtic secure easy win

Cookstown Celtic secured a comfortable win at the weekend.  Pic: Daron Patterson
Cookstown Celtic secured a comfortable win at the weekend. Pic: Daron Patterson
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Cookstown Celtic 5 Moira Albion 0

Cookstown Celtic entertained Moira Albion in the Beckett Cup on Saturday and progressed to the quarter finals after a comfortable 5-0 victory.

Celtic started well, dominating possession and had good chances to take the lead through McCloskey, O’Neill and McOscar but they couldnt find the back of the net.

Celtic had to be alert at the other end when the visitors broke on the counter attack but O’Hare was on hand 
to block the goal bound effort and the danger was averted.

Celtic made the breakthrough after 30 minutes when a swift move saw McCaffrey carry the ball the length of the pitch before slipping a perfect pass to O’Neill who smashed the ball beyond the keeper.

Celtic doubled their lead soon after when a fine through ball from McCloskey released Maguire and he held off the challenge from the Moira defender before slotting into the bottom corner with his left foot.

Celtic were now well on top and further stretched their lead when a fine pass from O’Neill found Muldoon, who had spotted the keeper off his line and his delightful first time chip sailed over the keepers head and into the back of the net just before half time.

Celtic did get their fourth midway through the second period when McCloskey got his rewards for his tireless performance, when he pressurised the defender into a mistake before sliding the ball past the keeper to put the game beyond doubt.

Celtic could have been further ahead but seen stonewall penalty claims from Harley and McCloskey waved away by the referee.

Celtic completed the scoring with ten minutes remaining when O’Hare latched on to a poor back pass and 
he made no mistake rolling the ball past the hapless keeper.

This Saturday Cookstown Celtic travel to Lurgan to take on Celtic Club Lurgan No.1 in the last 16 of the Mid-Ulster Shield with a 1.30pm kick off.