Football: Celtic come out on top in Cookstown derby clash with Olympic

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Cookstown Celtic took on local rivals Cookstown Olympic in the Mid-Ulster Shield and despite playing the majority of the second half with 10 men they secured a comfortable 5-1 win.

Celtic settled quickly and were rewarded for their bright start after ten minutes when Muldoon brilliantly skipped past two challenges before unleashing a 25 yard effort which was too hot handle for the Olympic keeper as the ball found its way into the net.

Celtic doubled their advantage midway through the half when a dangerous delivery from O’Neill found Hughes at the back post and he made no mistake, slamming the ball into the net.

Celtic continued to dominate possession and were dealing comfortably with the long ball from the hosts. Celtic stretched further ahead before half time when a clever cut back from McCloskey found O’Hare at the edge of the box and he expertly side footed the ball into the top corner of the goal.

Celtic came out quickly in the second half and scored the goal of the game shortly after the interval when McGahan took the ball out of defence and found O’Hare who played a one two with O’Neill, O’Hare then released Muldoon who picked out the onrushing McGahan who coolly volleyed into the corner of the net to make it 4-0.

Celtic were soon reduced to 10 men when Martin felled the Olympic attacker inside the box which resulted in a straight red card and a penalty which was missed by Olympic.

Celtic were coping well despite being a man down, with Olympic now enjoying greater possession they finally made the break with ten minutes remaining when their striker finished well when put through on goal.

Celtic however weren’t finished and completed the scoring before the final whistle when a fine run from McGucken he found O’Neill who clipped a delightful ball to Maguire who fired past the Olympic keeper giving him no chance.

This Saturday Cookstown Celtic return to league action when they take on Mowhan Utd at the Fairhill with a 1.45pm kick off.

Training continues on Thursday 7-8pm at MUSA. Everyone is welcome to attend

Lotto- This week’s winning numbers were 41, 37 and 18. Nobody matched all 3 numbers. 3 people won £10 they were S McGahan, D McOscar and L McCloskey.