Cookstown Olympic roundup

COOKSTOWN Olympic travelled to Newtownabbey last Saturday to play Ballyclare North End and came back with all three points after a six nil victory. Olympic were first into action after five minutes when Dean Campbell placed a through ball for Richard McMenemy but the keeper saved his shot.

The scoring started on ten minutes after Ryan Devlin found Liam Hoy on the left but he was unlucky as his shot struck the bar but Conor O’Hare was following up and he slotted the ball to the net.

After twenty minutes Ryan O’Neill put in a great cross which Richard McMenemy controlled but the keeper saved the resultant shot, then the second Olympic goal came on thirty minutes as Conor O’Hare charged into the box but was fouled for a penalty which Ryan O’Neill placed well out of the keepers reach.

In the second half Ballyclare North End started well and won more possession but were never really threatening the Cookstown Olympic defensive back line or keeper and this came back to haunt them as on sixty minutes Olympic turned the pressure back up when Mark Meenan crossed from the right but Liam Hoy’s volley was just over.

Two minutes later and Olympic grabbed number three as Ryan O’Neill crossed for Richard McMenemy to finish smartly. Then the home team contrived to get two touches on a Ryan O’Neill corner for an own goal after sixty five minutes for the fourth Olympic goal.

There were further chances for Olympic after that from Liam Hoy and Ryan O’Neill but their finishing was not on target but goal number five came on eighty minutes when a Ryan Bloomer clearance caused confusion between the goalkeeper and defender and Ryan O’Neill tapped home. The sixth goal was scored by Conor O’Hare after eighty six minutes after Eamon McSloy strolled through midfield and slotted the ball into his run.

Star man was awarded to Conor O’Hare. Team Jamie O’Neill, E McSloy, L Mullan, M Meenan, M O’Neill, L Hoy, C O’Hare, D Campbell, R Devlin, R O’Neill and R McMenemy. Subs R Bloomer, M O’Hare and D Doherty. Cookstown Olympic have no match next Saturday but will return to action on Saturday 8th October with an away match at Ballynure Old Boys in the Crawford Cup which this season will cover all the Divisions in the Ballymena League.

Training will now take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All training sessions will take place on the grass 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 24th September were 11, 14, 17 and 21. There were no winners who matched four numbers for the £300 jackpot. There were also no winners who matched 3 numbers. The jackpot will now be £300 for next week’s draw and tickets are available from any committee or team member.

Cookstown Olympic will be running a Texas Holdem in the Dunleath Bar tomorrow night, Friday 30th September starting at 8.15pm sharp. Tickets are available from the bar or any team or committee member, or you can enter on the night.