Ashton Ladies 0 Cookstown Ladies 6
Cookstown opened their Irish Hockey Trophy campaign with a six hour bus journey to Cork on Sunday Morning to play Ashton Ladies.
A surprisingly energetic Cookstown team started strongly with great attacking play from C. Brown, K. Scott and C. McWhirter, the first ten minutes were dominated solely by Cookstown’s possession.
It wasn’t long until a drive up the left with G. Todd and R. Stewart saw Cookstown’s first short corner of the game. A slightly developed corner seen Cookstown’s captain L. Donaghy open the scoring.
Ashton woke up from this goal and Cookstown defence were under pressure from a speedy Ashton forward line, great sweeping from R. Millar took the pressure of Cookstown and unleashed the pairing of J. Burns and Scott on the right, great team work saw Scott fire a brilliant reverse into the top corner of the net to score her first goal for the reds.
For the remainder of the half R. Bell dominated the play in midfield displaying some excellent individual skill but it was a Todd strike from outside the circle that took a Ashton deflection into the back of the net to see out the half at 3-0.
Cookstown started wearily in the second half with tired legs and a few injuries unsettling play. Ashton showed off just what they could do and left K. Hodgett under pressure on many occasions in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
In the minutes thereafter Cookstown won three consecutive corners but even a Millar drag couldn’t find the net.
It was an overall team performance that saw Cookstown’s Scott scoring her second goal in her IHT debut.
It was inevitable that at 4-0 Cookstown’s C. Brown would get her name on the score sheet, and it didn’t take long after the fourth goal when she slotted an excellent straight strike into the bottom corner.
An excellent ball from Stewart saw C. Brown pick up her second goal of the game.
Cookstown: K. Hodgett, L. Donaghy, R. Smyth, R. Millar, J. Burns, G. Todd, R. Bell, C. McWhirter, R. Stewart, C. Brown, R. Bell
A big thank you must go to JMB for the use of their coach, driver Norman Black for enduring the 12 hour bus trip, coach Colin and Linda for the support.
Player of the match was awarded to L.Donaghy
The girls take on North Down in the League at 1pm at Steelweld Park on Saturday.