COOKSTOWN return to Ulster Premier League action this weekend after a break following commitments at the Under 16 and Under 18 inter provincial championships. The Ulster U18s side were captained by Matthew Rollins.
Mossley are the visitors to Coolnafranky in what is an action packed day of hockey at the hockey club. Five teams will be playing at home on Saturday and the Mens 1st XI will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointment of being knocked out of the Irish Senior Cup, with a positive result against Antrim side Mossley.
The home side are buoyed by the return of Andy Barbour after a spell on the sidelines following illness. In addition, the Reds will be hoping that Gareth Cuddy will have recovered from a broken thumb, which he sustained in Cookstown’s superb victory in Dublin against Glenanne in the IHL.
It promises to be an interesting clash at Coolnafranky against a youthful Mossley side who include a number of Ulster Under 18 players.
The home side will be hoping that Greg Allen can continue his tremendous run of form after he has scored four goals in the last three games. Allen will be well assisted by Timmy Smyth who will be hoping to unlock the Mossley defence.
As always talented teenager Ian Sloan will be hoping to cause damage from penalty corners. This is the first of a double header against Mossley prior to Christmas. Earlier on in the season the Reds defeated Mossley 4-0 in Newtownabbey but the scoreline flattered the away side.
It promises to be an interesting couple of weeks for Cookstown and their coaching staff. Following their double header against Mossley, they face two tricky fixtures ahead of their Kirk Cup final against Lisnagarvey.
On the 10th December, Cookstown host Instonians and then travel to face a tricky fixture against Kilkeel on the 17th December.
In addition, Cookstown Ladies 1st XI will be hoping to progress in the Irish Hockey Trophy when they host Galway at Coolnfranky on Saturday. Both teams received a bye in the opening round and both of the sides will be keen to progress to the third round. Cookstown will be hoping to make the most out of their home advantage and will be hoping to build on a promising performance they put in against Civil Service last Saturday.
Cookstown 1st XI V Mossley @ 2.30pm Ulster Premier League
Lisnagarvey 3rds V Cookstown 2nds @ 1pm
Cookstown 3rds V Lisnagarvey 4ths @ 4pm
Armagh 2nds V Cookstown 4ths on Friday night @ 8pm
Cookstown 5ths V Lisnagarvey 6ths @ 1pm on sand pitch
Cookstown Ladies V Galway Ladies 1pm - Irish Hockey Trophy
Cookstown Ladies 2nds V Ballymena @ 4pm on sand pitch