Cookstown High School had a successful series of matches against Grosvenor High School at the weekend.
The Firsts scored a big victory over their Belfast counterparts in the McCullough Cup while the U13s also won and the u14s drew.
CHS U13 3Grosvenor 1
Goal Scorers: Callum Hogshaw 2, Matthew Glendinning.
CHS U13s started their match against Grosvenor reasonably well with strong performances coming from captain Matthew Glendinning and centre midfielder Tom Black.
The team who have started the season well with only one defeat kept the ball well and created a number of good scoring chances.The Grosvenor defence held out for the first 10 minutes but Cookstown’s relentless pressure paid off with centre forward Callum Hogshaw scoring two well taken goals.
In the second half Cookstown kept up the pressure and were in the Grosvenor circle on at least 15 times without managing to score.
Eventually they managed to get their third goal through Matthew Glendinning. the scoring however wasn’t over then as Grosvenor managed to get a goal back with 10 minutes left to go and make the rest of the match competitive.
U13 Squad: Jake Robinson, Matthew Glendinning (c), Tom Black, Jack Scott, Christopher Knipe, Robert Turkington, James Warwick, Malik Hodgson,Matthew Glendinning,Joseph Wilson Callum Scott, Patrick Slaine, Joshua McFarland, Troy Chambers, Robert Acheson
CHS U14 3 Grosvenor 3
Goal Scorers: Cole Chambers, Scott McCabe, Danny Kerr
CHS got off to the perfect start with a goal inside the first 60 seconds of the match. Cole Chambers finished off a fluent, passing move which saw Cookstown split open the Grovenor defence with precise, two touch hockey.
Cookstown doubled their lead through midfielder Scott McCabe. The CHS team then started to debate from the tactics given to them by their coaches and they started over carrying the ball and causing a high percentage of turnovers.
This allowed the Grosvenor team to get back into the game and actually play the best hockey of the match. They created a number of chances and despite good work from Gareth McCrea in defence and Adam Watson in midfield they managed to get the shoreline back to 2-2.
Danny Kerr managed to get a goal back against the run of play before Grosvenor came back again to tie the game with only a minute left.
U14 Squad:Joshua McCabe, Jack Haycock, Matthew Glen dinning , Gareth McCrea, Robert Turkington, Scott McCabe , Danny Kerr, Adam Watson, Cole Chambers, Dylan Whinnery, Lee McCrea, Tom Black, Troy Chambers
CHS 1st XI 4 Grosvenor 0
Goal Scorers: Scott Nelson, Callum Anderson, Odhran McGranaghan, Ryan Donaldson.
Grosvenor came to Steelweld Park having had a number of poor results in the McCullough Cup.
This was to be heir best match of the group stages so far. they played a very disciplined half court tactic with eleven men behind the ball. This made it hard for the Cookstown team to break down. Despite having the majority of possession, CHS failed to score until 15 minutes into the half with a well take drag flick by Scott Nelson.
The second half saw Cookstown start to get into their stride and play at a much higher tempo which the Grosvenor side struggled to match. Twins Ian and Tony Johnston stated to control the midfield and cause a number of opportunities for the Cookstown forwards.
Centre forward Callum Anderson who had worked hard in his defensive duties in the first half got his just rewards with a well taken reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle which gave the Grosvenor keeper no chance.
Shortly afterwards Odhran McGranaghan got his first goal as a first eleven player having found himself well positioned at the back post to receive a precise pass from Captain Tony Johnston who had made an excellent solo run from 30 yards out.
Cookstown finished their scoring from the penalty spot by Ryan Donaldson who,slotted the ball into the top corner of the net after Scott Nelson had one of his trade mark drag flicks stopped on the line illegally by a Grosvenor defender.
CHS: Josh Anderson, Thomas Sterling, Scott Nelson, Michael Kerr, Jonathan Wensley, Timmy Sloan, Tony Johnston, Ian Johnston, Ryan Donaldson, Chris Millar, Callum Anderson, Luke Simpson, Joel Anderson, Alan Carson, Brett McConnell, Elliott Harpur, Odhran McGranaghan.
Cookstown High School qualify for All
CHS 1st XI have qualified for the Irish Schools Hockey Tournament being held in Dublin from 23rd - 25th of October. They topped a very competitive group after wins against Raphoe, Regent and Portadown.
This is a very prestigious tournament made of the top 16 teams in Ireland. Cookstown have been drawn in a group with Wallace High School from Ulster, Mount Temple from Leinster, and Villers School from Munster.
The top team from each group progresses into the Semi Finals.