Thom hat-trick seals big Sixes win

Cookstown VI 5

Queen’s University II 0

THE SIXES continued their fight against relegation at home to a brave Student side who sportingly travelled with ten men.

Cookstown showed their attacking intent from the start and within two minutes Alistair Thom found space in the dee and rocketed his reverse shot into the roof of the Queens net.

The Reds continued to drive forward and were creating plenty of chances and managed to squander a few easy tap ins before Stevie Allen found Alistair Thom at the back post who made no mistake in finding the net. Next it was Dan Crooks time to shine, the quick witted right back strode forward riding tackle after before he lazily reversed his low into the net.

In the Second half the Reds continued to push forward and after a string of passes Dan Crooks found himself an unlikely chance of scoring again but this time Alistair Thom was on the line to nick the final touch and the goal from a confused Daniel who celebrated before the ball crossed the line.

Mitchell Greer came very close with an amazing reverse shot which rattled the angle of the goal before Gareth Thom continued his dreadful form in front of goal with a swing and a miss which looked more difficult to miss than score.

Ian Hagan on his return from injury rounded of the scoring to leave the game 5-0 to the Reds and Neil Ruddock’s first clean sheet in recent memory.

Cookstown: N. Ruddock, B. Thom, M. Johnston, R. Thom, D. Crooks, I. Hagan, G. Thom, C. Faulkner, S. Allen, A. Thom, P. Johnston, M. Greer, M. Montgomery.

Millar, Shearer and Black Man of the Match: A. Thom.

Thanks to Kenny Crooks and Ian Johnston for umpiring duties.

Lisnagarvey VI 3

Cookstown V 0

The Fives knew they were in for a tough game against a Garvey VI side who were unbeaten at home especially on Friday nights were they have been particularly prolific.

From the the start the Reds seen the danger they had to face with Garvey flashing a shot wide. The Fives struggled to get out from the back and were under pressure for the most of the first half with keeper Neil Ruddock keeping them in the game.

Josh Anderson came closest for the Fives with the keeper saving well also Roger Greer beginning his hockey career caused the Garvey defence problems with his pace and determination. Roger’s hard work was rewarded with a short corner but the Reds failed to convert and the opposition broke with pace and scored on the counter attack. Garvey added to their score before the end of the first half and scored again early in the second half to kill of any hopes of a Cookstown comeback.

Cookstown: N. Ruddock, B. Simpson, R. Thom, G. Thom, R. Johnston, P. Johnston, S. Allen, G. Leonard, M. Greer, B. Thom, R. Greer, J. Anderson, C. Sanderson.

Millar, Shearer and Black Man of the Match: Neil Ruddock

Thanks to Greg Allen for umpiring duties.

Newry IV 3 Cookstown VI 3

The Sixes travelled to Newry knowing they need as many points as possible to remain in Junior League 5.

The game started brightly for the men from Cookstown and their early dominance was rewarded when Brian Thom drilled his shot home from the edge of the dee.

The Sixes continued to push forward creating chances but it was a magnificent solo effort from Raymond Miller who ran half the pitch beating the Newry defence and keeper to slot home.

Newry staged a comeback firstly catching Cookstown short at the back and then scoring from penalty stroke which was a result of a dubious short corner. Newry’s third goal was also controversial as the Newry player distracted keeper Ashley Gillis to allow his team mate to score.

With minutes remaining the Reds drove forward in search of an equaliser and with Mitchell Greer’s shot hitting a Newry player on the line a penalty stroke was awarded to Cookstown which Raymond Miller calmly slotted home to give the Sixes a fighting chance of survival.

Cookstown: A. Gillis, B. Thom, B. Simpson, R. Thom, G. Thom, G. Donaldson, M. Wilson, M. Crooks, R. Miller, M. McWhirter, M. Greer, M. Carson, J. McWhirter.

Millar, Shearer and Black Man of the Match: Richard Thom

Thanks to Mark Carson, Mitchel Greer and Brian Thom for Umpiring duties.

The Fives and Sixes would like to congratulate the Fours and their captain Richard McGaw on their win in the Junior Shield and will look forward to celebrating with them at the club dinner.