COOKSTOWN Olympic entertained Woodlands last Saturday and with a strong second half they emerged winners on a 7-1 score line. Both teams took a while to settle into any rhythm and it was 15 minutes before a Ryan O’Neill free kick produced a great save from the visiting keeper.
Two more chances fell to Olympic after 17 and 23 minutes as Richard McMenemy put chances wide of the goal but it all changed after 28 minutes when Liam Hoy put a cross to the back post that Ryan O’Neill pulled into the box for Conor O’Hare to run on and finish from 10 yards out. Woodlands then nearly equalized two minutes later but Olympic keeper Jamie O’Neill pulled off a great block save. With half time approaching Olympic grabbed number two when Liam Hoy crossed for Ryan O’Neill to head back for Conor O’Hare to once again supply the finish from 8 yards out.
In the second half Olympic started quickly with Richard McMenemy beating two men only to see the Woodlands keeper save with his feet after 49 minutes. Two minutes later and it was three for Olympic when Ryan O’Neill curled a magnificent 20 yarder into the top corner.
The game was opening up now and Olympic conceded after 57 minutes and two minutes later Jamie O’Neill made another great reflex save from a header. Olympic then hit a purple patch themselves when John Gilmore scored goal number four after 62 minutes from 18 yards out, then Conor O’Hare planted a right footed shot past the keeper two minutes later and then a minute after that Ruairi Scullion played a ball over the top for Ryan O’Neill to control over the defender and slip it past the keeper for number six. The seventh and final goal for Olympic came on 74 minutes when a Ruairi Scullion shot was only parried out to Ryan O’Neill to finish. Olympic could have had another goal with a penalty on 82 minutes but the Woodlands keeper made a great save.
Team: Jamie O’Neill, L Mullan, M O’Hare, L Hoy, C O’Hare, R Scullion, D Campbell, M Loughran, L Mitchell, R O’Neill, R McMenemy. Subs J Gilmore, M Meenan.
Training will now take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All training sessions will take place on the synthetic pitch at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena with an 8.00pm start on Tuesday and 7pm start on Thursday.
The Lucky 4 Lottery numbers for Saturday 29th October were 2, 7, 8 and 16. There were no winners who matched four numbers for the £325 jackpot. There were also no winners who matched 3 numbers. The jackpot will now be £350 for next week’s draw and tickets are available from any committee or team member.
Cookstown Olympic will be running a general knowledge quiz in the Dunleath Bar on Saturday 5th November as fund raising venture. The quiz will start at 7.30pm sharp with a maximum of 6 players per team and a £4 entry fee per person. The Dunleath Bar will also provide music from 10.30pm for those patrons who wish to dance the night away.