BELFAST HARLEQUINS 1
Cookstown travelled to Belfast Harlequins at the weekend knowing that they needed to win their last two games if they were to overtake Instonians and gain third place in the Premier League.
Cookstown started the game at a decent pace but it was Ivan Steen, now playing for Quins, who was causing the away team all sorts of problems in the opening encounters.
Belfast Harlequins were playing a half court press and attempted to frustrate the locals with a compact defence.
It took 18 minutes for the Reds to finally get into their stride Andrew Barbour found Matthew Rollins overlapping down the right hand side and he found a supporting Mark Crooks with a pin point cross. Crooks’ first touch beat the Quins defender with ease before unleashing a reverse hit shot that nutmegged the goal keeper.
Greg Allen doubled the lead four minutes later with a very accurate drag flick from the Reds’ third penalty corner.
The second half started well for the away team with Simon Todd finding himself on the base line and he found an unmarked Greg Allen to tap in at the back post.
The lead was soon four when Ewan Butler worked his way into the circle and found Keith Black who slapped home from a yard.
The remainder of the game petered out with chances missed on both sides.
Harlequins did get a consolation goal minutes from the end when Cookstown were caught to high from a counter.