LAST Saturday Cookstown Olympic made the long journey to Balnamore outside Ballymoney to play Finvoy and after a gritty performance came away with a good 3-1 victory.
The locals were slow to get started and Olympic piled on the early pressure and after 10 minutes Liam Mullan put Liam Hoy away on the right and he crossed for Declan Doherty who headed narrowly over.
Ten minutes later and Olympic thought they had scored as Conor O’Hare drove a shot past the Finvoy keeper which came off the underside of the bar and the official adjudged not to have crossed the line. On 25 minutes O’Hare though he had scored again with a placed drive to the right of the keeper but he pulled off a great save. Next on 32 minutes Doherty intercepted a clearance and squared for Ryan O’Neill but he miss hit his shot, while 4 minutes later it was Conor O’Hare from 20 yards who saw the Finvoy keeper pull off another great save.
With three minutes of the half left Ryan O’Neill broke down the left and squared towards O’Hare but the Finvoy defender deflected into his own net to give Olympic the lead. Olympic again applied early pressure in the second half and doubled their lead on 50 minutes when Dean Campbell headed home a Ryan O’Neill corner. This prompted Finvoy to play a bit of football and they scored from 25 yards three minutes later to pull a goal back.
It was Olympics turn to play defensive and they held Finvoy until the 65th minute when the restored their two goal cushion. Breaking out of defense Olympic moved the ball to Conor O’Hare on the right and he squared to Liam Hoy who beat one defender and squeezed a shot past the keeper from 15 yards. This knocked Finvoy on their heels and Olympic had further chances to score from O’Neill, McMenemy and O’Reilly but they could not add to their total. Team: Jamie O’Neill, D Campbell, L Mullan, M O’Hare, Jonny O’Neill, C O’Hare, L Mitchell, C O’Reilly, L Hoy, D Doherty and R O’Neill. Subs M Meenan, D McCabe, R McMenemy, R Devlin and E McSloy. Next Saturday Cookstown Olympic will host Ballyclare Comrade Reserves at Beechway in the second round of the Canada Trophy with a 1.30pm kick off.
Training will now take place on Thursdays only. All training sessions will take place on the synthetic pitch at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena with a 7pm start on Thursday.
The Lucky 4 Lottery numbers for Saturday 14th January were 7, 11, 16 and 20. There were no winners who matched four numbers for the £400 jackpot. There was also no winner who matched 3 numbers. The jackpot will now be £400 for next week’s draw and tickets are available from any committee or team member.