Cookstown RBL collected the three points with a fine win over fellow strugglers Carnmoney despite not playing as well as they have over the last four weeks.
Inspite of the performance not being as high as they would have hoped RBL still had too much quality for the bottom placed Carnmoney side.
RBL got off to a flying start when Steven Ramsey broke into the penalty area only to be taken out by a Carnmoney defender. Ramsey got his just reward when he cooly slotted home the resulting penalty kick.
At this stage Carnmoney were under constant pressure and RBL eventually were rewarded with another penalty when James McPartland was tripped up when trying to lay off a shooting chance from a corner. Once again Ramsey stood tall and slotted home to give RBL a two goal lead.
Carnmoney were finding it very difficult to contain RBL and conceded a third when a defender headed into his own goal from a corner.
The second half started with RBL players thinking the game was all over and seemed to lose the fight they showed in the first half. Carnmoney took advantage of the situation and scored from the penalty spot when an RBL defender fouled the Carnmoney forward with a rash tackle in the box.
RBL reacted favourably to this set back and struck back with a well taken goal from James McPartland when he got onto the end of an inch perfect cross from Steven Ramsey.
Carnmoney didn’t give up to their credit and got another goal back with five minutes to go when a midfielder fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. RBL will take the positives from the game, a good three points and a well deserved victory.
This Saturday Cookstown RBL have an away trip to take on Woodlands FC in a league match with a 2pm kick-off.
Cookstown RBL: N. Young, J. Taylor, G. Donaldson, S. Purvis, A. McPartland, S. Ramsey, T. Ferguson, B. Gray, G. Ramsey, J. McPartland, J. Dunn, G. Smyton, D. Suitor, L. Smith, G. Hull