Cookstown conquer league leaders

Cookstown 31

Armoy 19

COOKSTOWN played host to the newly crowned league leaders and sent them back to Co. Antrim after inflicting their first defeat all season.

Having only lost two games themselves back in September, Cookstown knew that it would be a tight game and before kick off tension was already rising as both teams play in same colours the away team hadn’t brought a different kit. This forced the home side to play with the tops turned inside out.

Cookstown started better of the two sides, forcing Armoy deep into their own half only to get caught off guard allowing the Armoy winger to run in an easy try to trail 7-0 after only few minutes.

This seem to kick home side into shape as they kept testing the Armoy game line forcing mistakes the home side was soon back in game with two well struck penalties from O’Neill.

The white clad Cookstown team proceeded to dominate the set piece and won a scrum against the head allowing the half backs Salley and Currie quick ball to send winger Harte over for the home sides first try.

Cookstown continued to attack but discipline was lacking in penalty count was starting to take its toll when Armoy scored two reducing the gap before half time.

The second half started well for home side with Campbell breaking the game line to go over for his first of two. Having a 100% unbeaten record Armoy weren’t for giving up and scored two more penalties closing the gap again but Cookstown weren’t about to let the lead and responded with a score from O’Neill to finish off a strong performance from home side.

Cookstown: L. Currie, S. Rea, O. Mallon, J-P. Reah, C. Workman, M. Brown, R. Eastwood, A. Stinson, M. Salley, C. Currie, C. Harte, M. Boone, R. Campbell