Football: Injury hit Cookstown RBL lose to Ballyclare North End

Ballyclare NE 3 Cookstown RBL 2

Cookstown RBL travelled to Ballyclare to take on Ballyclare Northend in the league.

With last minute withdrawals and injuries Cookstown really had a limited squad. Even in the pre-match warm up Arnie McPartland had to withdraw from the starting line up.

Richard McMenemey had a great chance one on one with the keeper to open the scoring but the keeper made a supberb save.

At times the RBL were struggling to contain Northend who knew how to play on their small pitch. Chances went a begging for Northend with several corners going wide and the referee blowing for a disallowed goal for offside. Kelso had a free kick saved by the Northend keeper but it was McMenemey who broke the dead lock.

In the box, with back to goal, he spun around and from the most acute angle he put the ball into the net to make the score 1-0 to the RBL at half time.

Ballyclare pushed for an equaliser and they duly got it. From a throw in which was more like a corner they levelled the scores. A Ballyclare forward at the nearpost flicked on the an on coming Northend player found the net.Cookstown rbl pushed higher up the pitch and managed to take the lead again.

Hot shot Kelso with one of his trade mark free kicks found the back of the net again. Again Northend equalised with a goal much like their first. A flick on at the near post found another Northend player who put the ball in the net to make the scores level.

Ballyclare Northend continued to play the long ball and it was from that they found the winner. A big long ball up found a Northend player who looked offside but the referee played on and he found the net to put the home team into the lead for the first time.

At the death, Kelso chipped into the box only to see his shot clip of the crossbar. This Saturday Cookstown RBL entertain Moyola Park Olympic at Fairhill at 2pm.