Hockey: Cookstown beaten 1-3 by Banbridge in Kirk Cup Final

Banbridge's Owen Magee with Cookstown's Matthew McWhirter
Banbridge's Owen Magee with Cookstown's Matthew McWhirter

Banbridge lifted the GOC Estate Agents Kirk Cup for the 20th time after a 3-1 win over Cookstown in the final at Comber Road on Boxing Day.

Banbridge had beaten Cookstown in the group stages and in both the Ulster League and the Irish Senior Cup so yesterday’s win made it their fourth over the Tyrone side.

Fraser Mills and Dowds, with two after the break, put Bann 3-0 up before Cookstown pulled a goal back in the 50th minute through Stuart Smyth.

“We worked hard though Bann deserved to win but if we could have got another goal after we pulled one back then who knows, but well done to them. They played well and deserved the victory,” said Reds coach Stephen Cuddy.

Banbridge (from):Gareth Lennox; Timmy Watt; Kyle Marshall; Jonny McKee; Peter Brown; Matthew Bell; Bruce McCandless; Stephen Dowds; Jamie Wright; Eugene Magee (capt); Phillip Brown; Neil Gilmore; Fraser Mills; Drew Carlisle; Hugh McShane; Aaron Reid; Owen Magee..

Cookstown (from):Ian Hughes;Matthew Rollins; Raymond Miller; Ryan Millar; Godfrey Irwin; Paul Thompson; Ewan Butler; Simon Todd; Andrew Barbour; Mark Crooks; Jon Ames; Andrew McWhirter; Greg Allen (c); Andy Smyth; Stuart Smyth; Keith Black; Mark Rooney; Timmy Sloan; Josh Anderson.

Umpires: Colin Hutchinson and Russell Donaldson.