Hockey: Cookstown High School U14 into Ferris Cup semi-final

The Cookstown High School U14 team.

The Cookstown High School U14 team.

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Cookstown High School U14 travelled to Lisburn to play Friends School in the quarter final of the Ferris cup on Thursday.

This was always going to be a close match with all previous encounters this year being keenly contested. The match started well for Cookstown with the midfield of Scott McCabe, Jack Dingley and Adam Watson sticking to their game plan well and applying lots of pressure to their opposite numbers in the Friends midfield.

This hard work paid off and Cookstown forced turn over after turn over and remained encamped in the Friends half for at least ten in answered minutes. This gave lots of opportunities for Danny Kerr and Cole Chambers to attack the circle and try and make the all important break through.

This eventually came when Cookstown forced a short corner which saw Danny Kerrs shot being deflected high into the net past the Friends goal keeper to make it 1-0. Cookstown had a chance to double their lead just before half time on a good counter attack but failed to convert.

The second half started well for Cookstown again managing to keep good ball possession but they couldn’t create any clear cut chances and extend their lead.

Friends then started to get back into the match and it was their turn to put the Cookstown defence on the backs foot. Tom black at left back was instrumental in stopping Friends getting any real momentum as he constantly broke down play and totally dominated the Friends right winger.

He was ably helped by Matthew Glendinning who was able to read the play well and make a few timely interceptions and blocks. Joshua McCabe in the Cookstown goals then came into his own with a number of high quality saves and clearances which kept the friends players at bay and ensured that the boys progressed to the semi finals where they will face Wallace high school at Lisnagarvey next Tuesday.

CHS: Joshua McCabe, Jack Haycock, Matthew Glendinning, Gareth McCrea, Adam Mckenzie, Jack Dingley, Scott McCabe , Danny Kerr, Adam Watson, Cole Chambers, Bobbie Patterson, Dylan Whinnery, Lee McCrea, Tom Black, Troy Chambers, Callum Scott.