Hockey: Cookstown High School advance in Ferris Cup

Dominic Crilly of Steelweld Fabrications Ltd presents Michael Haycock; Head of PE and Sport at Cookstown High School with new shirts for the school hockey teams.

Dominic Crilly of Steelweld Fabrications Ltd presents Michael Haycock; Head of PE and Sport at Cookstown High School with new shirts for the school hockey teams.

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Belfast Royal Academy travelled to Cookstown to play Cookstown High School in round 1 of the Ferris Cup. In horrendous weather conditions credit must be paid to both teams and the parents who braved the conditions to both play and support.

This was a game that saw a slightly different formation with Adam Watson and Jack Dingley playing either side of Scott McCabe in midfield in an attempt to really boss the midfield and close down the opposition midfield in an attempt to dominate that area of the pitch.

This worked straight away form the push back and gave Cookstown an excellent platform from which to control the game.

This structure paid off and Cookstown won an early short corner from which the initial shot hit a defenders foot on the line. Jack Haycock made no mistake from the penalty spot and Cookstown were off to a perfect start.

Danny Kerr extended their lead with a strong shot from the edge of the circle after an initial shot had been saved and cleared from the BRA keeper.

Troy Chambers scored his first of the match after some good work in midfield by Adam Watson resulted in an excellent ball being crossed in front of the BRA goalkeeper where he made no mistake.

The best goal of the match game from a flowing move down the right channel starting with Adam Mckenzie who linked well with Jack Dingley.

Cole Chambers then attacked the circle and selflessly passed across the goal for his brother Troy, who had timed his run perfectly to sweep into an empty net for his second of the half and leaving Cookstown 4-0 up at the break.

The second half started with a break away attack down the right channel from the Cookstown push back.

It was a great passing move by Cole Chambers, Jack Dingely and Troy Chambers, to allow the ball to fall effortlessly to Danny Kerr who calmly slotted the ball into the back off the net to make it 5-0.

Another goal followed quickly after with a slick passing movement by Troy Chambers and Cole Chambers to get the ball to the top of the D for an arriving Jack Dingley to smash the ball into the bottom corner of the BRA net.

In the closing minutes of the game BRA got a break away attack only to be thwarted by the previously untroubled Joshua McCabe.

This was a good start to the Ferris Cup but they will face a much sterner challenge in the next round, away to Friends School Lisburn.

Under 14 Squad: Joshua McCabe, Jack Haycock, Matthew Glendinning, Gareth McCrea, Jack Dingley, Scott McCabe, Danny Kerr, Adam Watson, Cole Chambers, Dylan Whinnery, Lee McCrea, Troy Chambers, Tom Black.