Football: Rampant Cookstown RBL hammer Moyola Olympic

Arnie McPartland scores for Cookstown RBL. Pic: Daron Patterson
Arnie McPartland scores for Cookstown RBL. Pic: Daron Patterson

Cookstown RBL 6 Moyola Park Olympic 1

Cookstown RBL entertained Moyola Olympic at the Fairhill last Saturday. This was the RBL’s first competitive local derby in the Ballymena league and it proved to be a very entertaining game of football.

Benny Gray was given his first start of the season in midfield along side Gareth (Sprig) Megaw and this proved to be a very good partnership.

With the weather being horrendous it wasn’t an easy game of football for either team. The RBL started lively and they opened the scoring as early as the third minute.

From a hanging cross by Lee Mitchell into the box Ryan Smith came in from the right wing with a diving header to make the score 1-0.

Cookstown RBL settled well and were carving out chances. McMememy and Kelso were both working well together and creating chances but a few classy saves by the Moyola keeper kept Moyola in the game.

Moyola themselves with a young lively and pacey forward line started to create chances and they duely obliged when the sprung the RBL offside trap and the Moyola player slotted past Forrest in the RBL goal.

Hot shot Andy Kelso found himself on the score sheet again with a delightful shot to put the RBL back into the lead.

McPartland on the left flank was a constant thorn in the Moyola defence. Richard McMenemey added to the scoring with a trade mark strike to make the score 3-1 at half time to the home team.

To their credit Moyola never lay down and had a great chance to reduce the score line only for Forrest to acrobatically save and clear danger.

Cookstown found their stride again and that man Andy Kelso extended the score line with a virtuoso goal. A cheeky chip over the goalkeeper made the score 4-1.

Still Moyola pushed and made a fighting game of it but their hearts were broken when man of the moment Arnie Mcpartland rounded the Moyola defence and as cooly as you like buried the ball into the net.

The RBL back four of Simon Young, Allen, Mitchell and Wylie were now comfortable and under no pressure and it was left to Megaw to complete the scoring when the ball fell to his feet and he just pushed the ball past the keeper.

Even in the last kick of the game McMenemy managed to hit the base of the post.

Cookstown RBL manager Phil Gray said after the game: “On a day of terrible weather, credit has to be given to both teams for going out and playing a very entertaining game of football and for all those supporters of both teams who came out to support the lads well done to them.”

This Saturday Cookstown RBL entertain FC Ballynure at Fairhill at 2pm.