Hockey: Cookstown High School make Ferris Cup final with Wallace win

Cookstown High School U14 with coaches Gareth Cuddy, Raymond Miller and Michael Haycock.
Cookstown High School U14 with coaches Gareth Cuddy, Raymond Miller and Michael Haycock.


A thrilling match at Lisnagarvey saw two of the top U14 teams in Ulster face off for a place in the Ferris Cup final.

This was a very tight affair with both teams giving everything in their attempt to make the show piece final which also had the double incentive of providing a qualifying place for the John Waring All Ireland Tournament which takes place in April.

Cookstown were put on the back foot from the start by a very pacey Wallace team and the back line of Jack Haycock, Matthew Glendinning, Bobbie Patterson and Tom Black had their work cut out repelling attack after attack. Joshua McCabe in the Cookstown goal was called upon to make a number of vital saves.

When Cookstown managed to break the Wallace front line their midfield of Scott McCabe, Jack Dingley and Adam Watson worked tirelessly to keep possession of the ball and link with their forwards.

This hard work started to pay off and Cookstown started to exert some pressure of their own, forcing a number of short corners and shots on target which Wallace managed to defend.

The second half saw Cookstown on top again and Cole Chambers and Danny Kerr had a number of good attacking movements down the right hand side of the pitch and Troy chambers linking well with Adam Watson on the left.

Unfortunately they couldn’t break the deadlock and again Joshua McCabe was called upon to keep Cookstown in the match.

Into extra time and Cookstown managed to soak up more Wallace pressure and come out with the ball through the right midfielder Jack Dingley whose through ball found Adam Watson on the left hand side of the circle who unleashed an excellent reverse stick shot which was initially blocked by the Wallace keeper before Danny Kerr pounced on the rebound to give the Cookstown team the lead.

They managed to hold onto for the last 5 minutes and earn a memorable victory and a place in the final on Thursday 27th at Lisnagarvey at 2pm.

U14 Squad:Joshua McCabe, Jack Haycock, Matthew Glendinning , Gareth McCrea, Bobbie Patterson,Scott McCabe , Danny Kerr, Adam Watson, Jack Dingley, Cole Chambers, Dylan Whinnery, Lee McCrea, Troy Chambers, Adam McKenzie, Tom Black, Callum Scott.



Cookstown hosted Methodist College Belfast in the semi final of the Bannister bowl on Tuesday afternoon at Steelweld Park.

Cookstown had an excellent start with a long period of possession with Methody not managing to get out of their own half.

The right hand side pairing of Robert Turkington and Callum Scott had a field day with the Methody defence unable to handle their pace. they had numerous circle penetrations before one of their fluent moves resulted in Robert Turkington taking an early shot in front of the goal and putting Cookstown into a deserved lead.

Cookstown continued to keep up the pressure and force more opportunities and they kept up this style of play with the midfield of Tom Black, Bobbie Patterson and Robert Turkington dominating their opposite numbers with captain Matty Glendinning on hand any time that MCB broke the line.

Unfortunately the one time in the half that Cookstown got caught flat and in possession resulted in a break away in which the MCB forwards had a clear run on the Cookstown goal and managed to push the ball under the out rushing Jake Robinson to make it 1-1.

Cookstown weren’t phased by this and Robert Turkington was again on hand to double the lead and put Cookstown in a comfortable position at half time.

Methody were a much more confident side in the second half and dominated for long periods of play. This paid off and a deflected shot beat Jake Robinson at his left hand side to make it 2-2.

Both sides had opportunities to win it in normal time but failed to take their chances.

Like their counterparts in the U14’s the match then went into extra time. Unfortunately this time they didn’t have the happy ending they deserved and heartbreakingly Methody managed to score at the back post in the dying seconds of the match to seal a place in Monday’s final.

The boys can be proud of the way they played and the improvement that they have shown this year and they would like to thank their sponsors Steelweld Fabrications Limited for their generous support this season.