Football: Late goal for Cookstown Celtic salvages a draw against Rectory Rangers

In action for Cookstown Celtic. Picture by Daron Patterson.
In action for Cookstown Celtic. Picture by Daron Patterson.


Cookstown Celtic traveled to Portadown to take on Rectory Rangers and had to settle for a point after a 1-1 draw.

Celtic started the better of the two teams and tested the home keeper with 
efforts from O’Neill and Pickering.

Celtic’s attempts to play football were being thwarted by persistent fouling from the home side as the half ended scoreless. Celtic almost took the lead soon into the second half when McCaffrey went on a fine run before shooting agonisingly wide.

Celtic thought they had opened the scoring when Hughes powered a header towards goal but the home side cleared it off the line. At the other end O’Neill in the Celtic goal made a couple of fine saves to keep out the hosts.

However O’Neill could do nothing when the hosts opened the scoring from a 25 yard thunderbolt midway through the second half.

Celtic were now piling on the pressure in search of an equaliser and went close through efforts from McCaffrey and 

Celtic had to wait until the last minute to get their much deserved equaliser when Hughes curled a wonderful free kick into the net giving the hosts keeper no chance.

Celtic them almost got a winner when a Muldoon cross was misjudged by the keeper but he did just enough to recover to claw the ball to safety.

This Saturday Cookstown Celtic travel to take on Lurgan Utd in league action with a 2.15pm kick off

Training continues Wednesday 8-9pm. Everyone is welcome to attend

Winning numbers were 38, 20 and 28. D McOscar D Doherty and L McCloskey won £10.