Reds cruise to fine victory

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/Presseye'Women's Hockey: One 1918 Senior 1'Teams: North Down (white) v Cookstown (red)'Venue: Comber'Date: 26th March 2011'Caption: Rebecca Mitchell, N Down and Claire Brown, Cookstown
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/Presseye'Women's Hockey: One 1918 Senior 1'Teams: North Down (white) v Cookstown (red)'Venue: Comber'Date: 26th March 2011'Caption: Rebecca Mitchell, N Down and Claire Brown, Cookstown
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COOKSTOWN ladies faced a strong Ballymena side with a point to prove after losing narrowly to them earlier in the season.

The girls were under a lot of pressure after taking one point from the league leaders the previous weekend and a win was needed for them to try for that third place in the table.

The game was dominated for the first fifteen minutes by the Reds, but due to the brilliant defence of the Ballymena side Cookstown could not get a shot on goal.

Eventually the first goal of the game came from a slip up by the sweeper who played the ball across her own circle from a free out. Forward Rachel Millar picked up the ball and slapped it into the back of the net to give the Reds the lead.

The second goal of the match came minutes later, after a excellent team effort allowing Claire Brown to dribble through the circle and calmly place it around the keeper.

With continuous pressure down the lines by Burns, Johnston, Todd and Donaghey, the Reds created several more chances but they could not find the net. The half time whistle went leaving the girls with a 2-0 lead.

At the start of the second half the Ballymena side had most of the possesion with their forwards making lovely runs down both wings. Keeper Kayleigh Hodgett kept the Reds in the game making several crucial saves during the first ten minutes. Smyth and Brown coolly dealt with any pressure put on them by the Ballymena forwards.

After constant attack from the away side Burns and Johnston broke down the right hand side and played a lifted ball into the circle that found Rachel Stewart who volleyed it into the top of the net. Jessica Richardson marked the Ballymena captain out of the game leaving the side without their key player.

With ten to go Burns made another run down the line and into the circle. She found Stewart again who tapped it in at the near post.

The Reds fought to the end with Scott, Stewart and Brown putting pressure on the away sides defence. The final whistle went leaving Cookstown with a comfortable 4-0 win.