Cookstown Olympic allow two goal cushion to slip away in final ten minutes

Cookstown Olympic, sponsored this season by the Dunleath Bar, entertained Mallusk Athletic last Saturday and ended up with a 4-4 draw.

Within 5 minutes Olympic were one up thanks to Matty Hughes winning a penalty that Jonny O’Neill converted. Olympic then got a let off after 20 minutes when a Mallusk penalty came off the crossbar but they did equalize after 25 minutes when Olympic did not clear their lines.

It was2-1 for Olympic after 34 minutes as Crippy Eastwood put a ball over the top and Matty Hughes beat the Mallusk keeper. Then on the stroke of half time an outstretched foot saw the Mallusk player go down with a penalty awarded to level the scores.

Olympic stand in keeper Jonny O’Neill saved well with his feet on 47 minutes and then Olympic went 3-2 up on 55 minutes when a Crippy Eastwood free kick was glanced home by Brandon McConkey. Four minutes later and Olympic had a two goal lead when a Donovan McGuckin throw came back to him and he whipped a cross to the back post for Matty Hughes to bullet a header to the back of the net. Olympic were keeping Mallusk at bay until 80 minutes when a speculative deep free kick somehow found its way into the net for 4-3 and then things were level after 86 minutes as Mallusk pushed forward. Both teams had further chances to claim all three points but there were no further goals.

Next Saturday Olympic will entertain 1st Carrick at Beechway with a 2pm kick off in the first round of the Crawford Cup. Training will continue at 7pm on Thursday nights on the grass pitch at MUSA. .

The Lucky 4 Lottery numbers for Saturday 21st September were 4, 5, 6 and 14. There were no winners who matched four numbers for the £275 jackpot or 3 numbers. The jackpot will now be £275 for next week’s draw and tickets are available from any committee or team member.

Cookstown Olympic will also be running a poker league in the Dunleath Bar commencing on Sunday 29th September at 7pm sharp. The league will run for 5 weeks and then the top 8 league positions will automatically qualify for the grand final where there will be £600 in prize money. For further details check the club website at or call into the Dunleath Bar.