Football: Victory for Cookstown Celtic at Sandy Hill

Battle for possession as Cookstown Celtic try to break down an attack
Battle for possession as Cookstown Celtic try to break down an attack
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Cookstown Celtic traveled to Loughgall to take on high flyers Sandy Hill and emerged with an important three points after a narrow 2-1 victory.

Both teams started cautiously not looking to give their opponent an early advantage with little room in the midfield area for Celtic to play their usual passing game.

However it was Celtic who made the breakthrough midway through the first half when good play on the left from McCaffrey and Maguire led to the ball finding its way to McOscar on the edge of the box and he unleashed a magnificent half volley into the corner of the net giving the hosts keeper no chance.

Celtic’s lead was short lived however, as the hosts were awarded a dubious free kick on the edge of the box which the duly dispatched. The remainder of the half became a scrappy affair with neither side able to add to their tally before the interval.

Celtic started the second half much better and created half chances for Maguire and O’Neill but couldn’t convert them. At the other end O’Neill in the Celtic goal had to be alert to tip over a looping header which was destined for the net.

Celtic introduced McGahan into the proceedings and he had an immediate impact as he danced past two defenders before slipping a delightful through ball to Maguire who did brilliantly to sidestep the advancing keeper before expertly finishing from a tight angle to give Celtic the lead with ten minutes remaining.

The hosts, desperate for an equaliser bombarded the Celtic defence with long high balls but the central defensive pairing of Hughes and O’Hare dealt with everything that came their way.

Celtic almost increased their lead when they broke from a corner and with the hosts keeper out of his goal McOscar tried his luck from the halfway line only to see his effort roll agonisingly wide.

Sandy Hill thought the had got on level terms when from a corner their attacker headed the ball towards goal only for a miraculous save from O’Neill to keep it out as the referee blew for full time shortly afterwards.

This Saturday Cookstown Celtic travel to Newry to take on Greenfield Park in the quarter final of the Mid Ulster Shield. A bus will be leaving Mulligans bar at 11.30am if anyone is interested in travelling please contact any club member.

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

This weeks winning numbers were 1, 22 and 10. Nobody matched all 3 numbers. 3 people won £10 they were L McCloskey, C O’Hare and R O’Neill