Hughes the hero as the Reds take all the points

MY BALL... Cookstown's Stuart Smyth breaks from midfield.INMM4313-333SR
MY BALL... Cookstown's Stuart Smyth breaks from midfield.INMM4313-333SR

The fact that the stand-out player in this game was Cookstown keeper Ian Hughes speaks volumes as the Reds won ugly to deny Annadale a deserved share of the points.

Cookstown’s play throughout the first half was lethargic with misplaced passes and turnovers prevalent.

The visitors stunned Cookstown when they took the lead midway through the first half, William Edgar netting from close range.

From then until half-time Hughes single-handedly thwarted Annadale. The big keeper made a point blank reaction save and then turned a tomahawk effort round the post to keep the defecit to one.

‘Dale started the second half on the attack but again Hughes saved. Cookstown eventually brought a bit of semblance and control to their play and began to put the visitors under pressure.

Ewan Butler levelled matters when he converted from a penalty corner. Greg Allen put the Reds ahead from a well worked penalty corner.

Again Dale had chances tolevel and looked certain to score only for Hughes to make a last gasp save.

Allen then had two good chances to make the game safe but was denied by the keeper on one occasion and deflected just wide with the other.

With time running out the points were secured with the best goal of the game. Allen seemed to be boxed in the corner but he hammered over a greatcross for Jon Ames to get a touch past the keeper.

The Reds take on Premier League leaders Banbridge this coming Saturday with a 2.30pm start at Steelweld Park.

RESULTS

Cookstown 3 Annadale 1

Cookstown II 1 Annadale II 6

Mossley III 2 Cookstown III 3

Cookstown IV 3 Garvey V 1

Mossley V 0 Cookstown V 0

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Cookstown v Banbridge

(2.30pm, Premier League)

Cookstown III v Raphoe II

(Friday 8pm, Junior II)

Annadale IV v Cookstown IV

(4pm, Junior III)

Cookstown V v S. Antrim IV

(1pm, Junior 4)

Cookstown Ladies v Larne

(4pm, Senior League)

Cookstown Ladies II v North Down II

(Junior League)