Mossley 0 Cookstown 9
MOSSLEY will be glad to see the back of Cookstown, as they were on the end of a second successive hammering by the in form Coolnfranky outfit. Following their 10-1 victory at home, the Reds travelled to the Glade in Newtownabbey and fired nine into the Mossley goal.
Without a doubt this was Cookstown’s best ever performance at a venue which can prove to be extremely tricky for visiting teams.
The opening score of the game came from Allen who got on the end of a Best pass to put Cookstown in the lead.
Mossley responded well and McCrea and Todd combined well to see an effort go narrowly past the post. The Cookstown lead was soon doubled when Barbour latched on to an intercept pass and released Cuddy. Cuddy slid the ball to Ian Sloan who fired home. 2-0.
Ian Hughes then came to the rescue for the Reds again when he saved from Moreland.
Shortly before the interval, Cookstown grabbed a third. A great reverse cross from Ian Sloan was dummied by Cuddy and Allen scored at the back post with a cheeky chop over the prone keeper.
Cookstown came out for the second half and continued from where they had left off. Sloan played a couple of passes with Allen, who raced through and beat the keeper with a reverse shot but Sloan cheekily got the last touch before the ball touch the backboard.
Soon, the Reds were five up when some slick pasisng left Millar through on goal. He cooly converted to make it 5-0.
Sloan grabbed a sixth when he pounced on a saved effort and hammered home. Smyth added number seven when he scored from a Sloan pass.
Sloan finally grabbed his hat-trick when he scored from a penalty corner. Allen was also looking for his third but he unselfishly laid the ball off to Smyth who slid home.
At the other hand, Hughes kept the shut out when he made a great save from a Mossley penalty corner. With only moments remaining he made a tremendous double save to deny Mossley a consolatory goal
This was another solid performance from Cookstown as they continued to climb the table. The Reds will be hoping to continue their fine form when they face Instonians at Coolnafranky on Saturday at 2.30pm.