Olympic in impressive victory

Cookstown Olympic entertained league leaders Antrim Rovers last Saturday and came away with a resounding seven goals to one victory. Cookstown were quick out of the blocks and were one up after five minutes when a Lee Mitchell long throw found Mark Loughran and he flicked over the defender and then volleyed to the net.

Four minutes later and the lead doubled when a Lee Mitchell corner was hit on the half volley by Liam Mullan.

With the next attack a minute later it was the same two players but this time the ball was headed off the line. An Antrim free kick on fifteen minutes went past the Cookstown post while Mark Loughran and Richard McMenemy then had two shots saved.

The third goal came after twenty two minutes when Mark Loughran put Richard McMenemy through and he slipped it past the advancing keeper. Antrim then enjoyed a period of pressure forcing a goal line block from Eamon McSloy and an excellent save from Jamie O’Neill in the Cookstown goals.

The missed chances came back to haunt Antrim as Cookstown got their fourth on forty two minutes when Connor O’Hare pulled a ball back from the bye line and Richard McMenemy was on hand to score.

In the second half Cookstown started strongly with Mark Loughran and Connor O’Hare having shots saved in the first ten minutes but then Antrim pulled one back after 55 minutes. Cookstown then steadied the ship and John Gilmore had a shot saved on sixty five minutes while they then grabbed their fifth on seventy minutes when Ryan Devlin and Mark Loughran playing a one-two through the midfield to set up Liam Hoy on a determined run which saw him beat three players and then the keeper.

Four minutes later and Richard McMenemy got his third and Cookstowns sixth when he controlled a high ball from John Gilmore and drilled the ball to the net. A penalty won by McMenemy after eighty one minutes allowed John Gilmore to power the ball to the roof of the net for number seven.

Star man was awarded to Richard McMenemy. Team Jamie O’Neill, E McSloy, L Mullan, M Meenan, L Mitchell, L Hoy, M Loughran, C O’Reilly, C O’Hare, R Scullion and R McMenemy. Subs R Devlin, J Gilmore and D Doherty. Next Saturday Cookstown Olympic will entertain Carnlough at Beechway with a 2pm kick off.

Training will take now take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All training sessions will take place on the grass at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena with a 7.30pm start on Tuesday and 7pm start on Thursday.

The Lucky 4 Lottery numbers for Saturday 10th September were 4, 11, 17 and 19. There were no winners who matched four numbers for the £275 jackpot. There were also no winners who matched 3 numbers. The jackpot will now be £300 for next week’s draw and tickets are available from any committee or team member.