Timmy Sloan was the hero for Cookstown when he smashed four goals in the Reds’ victory over struggling Newry.
The Reds opened the scoring from the short corner set piece. Ian Hutchinson squaring past the keeper for Philip Barbour to finish.
Timmy Sloan then deflected home his first of the day after some smashing work by Mitchell Greer and Richard Nelson.
Newry seemed to lose all hope of winning the game when their centre midfielder was helped from the pitch by Cookstown following an ankle injury.
On the other side of the half time break, Cookstown took complete control of the game. Sloan deflected home two pitch-length counter-attacks in quick succession with Greer and Thomas Hutchinson providing the final passes.
The diminutive striker then claimed his fourth thanks to a great break down the left from Tony Johnston which allowed Hutchinson the space to pick out the unmarked Sloan in the area.
Andy Smyth added another with a trademark reverse before Mitchell Greer got arguably the goal of the day with a fantastic finish to a pitch-length passing move involving almost all the team.
Newry, obviously rattled by the second half onslaught, allowed their tempers to rule their heads towards the end, forcing the game to be blown up a few minutes early by their umpire.
Many thanks to Stevie Smyth for umpiring such a difficult game.
Cookstown III 4
Banbridge IV 1
On a wet and windy Saturday, the Reds travelled to Havelock Park to play old rivals Banbridge.
Cookstown were only able to bring 10 men but started well grabbing a goal in the first five minute through Callum Anderson who reversed well under the oncoming keeper.
Matt Smyth then got an almost identical goal also finishing well under the oncoming keeper.
The Reds played well in the poor conditions, keeping possession and having some attacking runs down the right through Paul Morrow and Gareth Thom. This pressure paid off when Atkinson finished well with a drag flick into the bottom corner.
Bann then got a goal back through a lack of concentration at the back with Henry unlucky to be beaten by the attacker placed at the back post.
The Reds made quite hard work of the second half, with the play just not flowing as well as the first half, but Cookstown duly won another short corner which Atkinson finished to make it 4-1
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