Legion win in Carrickfergus

Cookstown RBL made the trip to Carrick to play division 2 leaders Woodlands in the Canada Cup and scored a 3-1 win to set up a match with Division One opposition.

Having only played twice in the last six weeks due to the bad weather, they were chumping at the bit to get playing football.

Woodlands, in the division above the RBL were going to be tough oppontnents but, from the kick-off Cookstown bombarded the goal.

Ally young had a header on goal, Neil Young’s header was cleared off the line in the first three minutes, while Gregory was proving a thorn in the side of the defence with his pace.

Young had glorious chances to add to his tally for the season, onlythe crossbar and some great goalkeeping denying him.

With 15 shots on goal and 10 corners in the first half, Cookstown had to score, But McGarvey and Young just could not find the net, the cros bar took a rattling as super save after super save kept the match all-square.

With only 20 minutes left, Woodlands broke down the right wing and put in a cross to the forward who turned and shot past keeper Forrest to the total disbelief of the visitors.

With the clock ticking away, sub Dunn came on for N Young and offered pace on the left flank. Ally put over a tantalising cross and found the oncoming Ashley Gregory who buried the ball into the net.

Extra time looming, RBL made the push to find the winner and a neat ball in the box found Martin whose blistering shot from 18 yards hit the back of the net.

And on the blow Ally Young got on the scoresheet with a fine solo effort, placing a ball past keeper for 3-1.

This Saturday Cookstown RBL travel to Glebe Rangers in round two in Ballymoney.