Cookstown lowered the colours of newly-crowned County champions Clonoe at Paddy Cullen Park on Sunday, to give themselves a great chance of reaching the league semi-finals in a contest that saw five players dismissed.
Match official Brian McCallion set his stall out from day one, with Christopher Eastwood and Jerome McClure both receiving double yellow cards with less than a quarter of an hour gone on the clock.
James McGahan scored three first half points for the Fr Rocks, with Shane O’Hagan and Ryan T O’Neill replying for the visitors before a late goal from Brian O’Neill left it 1-4 to 0-5 at the break.
Colm Doris and McGahan traded early points before Clonoe lost three further men in the space of fifteen minutes all for double bookings - PJ Lavery, O’Hagan and O’Neill.
By that stage they were on level terms, courtesy of a Stephen McNulty free but a late brace from Owen Mulligan won the day for the hosts.
Cookstown scorers– James McGahan 0-4, Owen Mulligan 0-3, Brian O’Neill 1-0
Clonoe scorers– Stephen McNulty 0-2, Danny McNulty 0-1, Shane O’Hagan 0-1, Ryan T O’Neill 0-1, Patrick Doris 0-1, Colm Doris 0-1, Declan McClure 0-1