Twos have timely win on the road to Kilkeel

Dan Crooks spreads the play for Cookstown II. Picture by Alan Donnelly.

Dan Crooks spreads the play for Cookstown II. Picture by Alan Donnelly.

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Kilkeel II 3

Cookstown II 4

The Reds had a season-changing result on the road to far-flung Kilkeel on Saturday.

It is fair to say that the Seconds have played well in patches in their opening handful of games, but against a team of Kilkeel’s stature this was never going to be enough.

Thankfully, Cookstown were tenacious in defence and ruthless in attack and were able to come away with a superb 3-2 win.

Andy Smyth opened the scoring when he got on the end of a move involving Mitch Greer and Paul Watt, before Godfrey Irwin smashed home from a short corner.

Kilkeel got one back just before half time when a defensive mix up left them with a one-on-one with goalkeeper Josh Anderson.

Kilkeel came out in determined fashion in the second period and used their fast forwards to score twice in quick succession and make it 3-2.

But from then on it was the Mitchell Greer show as he came deep looking for the ball and ran at the Kilkeel defence. This opened up the pitch for his teammates and with just minutes left on the clock, Greer smashed home two goals to give the win to the Tyrone men.

Cookstown: Anderson, Hutchinson, Butler, Crooks, Thom, Johnston, Irwin, Nelson, Greer, Smyth, Watt and Calum Anderson.

This week the Reds are away to Instonians.