Cookstown impress in Clogher Valley win

JP Reah battles over for a touch down as Chris Moore and Henry Stewart watch on. Pics: Daron Patterson.
JP Reah battles over for a touch down as Chris Moore and Henry Stewart watch on. Pics: Daron Patterson.

Cookstown RFC returned to winning ways on Saturday with an impressive nine try win over Tyrone rivals, Clogher Valley.

The game kicked off under sunny conditions at Mid Ulster Sports Arena with Cookstown receiving the kick off.

From the outset the boys implemented their game plan of using their pack to attack the wide spaces with runners coming onto well delivered passes from the half-backs. Backrowers Ryan McLoughlin and John Paul Reah were prominent throughout.

The first try arrived within five minutes of the game starting when Aussie Rules International Kevin McSorley got on the end of a fine back move to go over in the corner. Four more tries followed courtesy of out-half Ciaran Currie, Michael McKeown, Stephen McKenna and Kevin Nugent.

However, Cookstown did not get it all their own way as the Clogher Valley pack were able to frustrate the home pack at scrum and maul time. Valley’s big runners also caused difficulty for Cookstown’s defence.

Cookstown’s form continued into the second half when Scuba McKenna, Ciaran Currie scored their second tries. Additional five pointers were added by Rab McLaughlin, Paul Laverty and Denver Nugent. Deputising scrum half Paul O’Neill impressively kicked seven out of the nine conversions to give the home side a 59-5 victory.

Team: L. Currie, S Rea, O Mallon, G Stinson, M Devlin, M Boone, R McLoughlin, JP Reah, P O’Neill, C Currie, S McKenna, K Nugent, P Laverty, K McSorley, M McKeown, C Moore, D Nugent.

Team captain Liam Currie was pleased with the boy’s performance: “This result, coming off the back of a 15 point drubbing by Portadown the previous week, came about purely as a result of a change in the attitude of the players.

“We also played a number of boys out of their normal positions and they certainly stepped up to the mark.”

Cookstown’s next game is on Saturday 19 October with an away game at Banbridge.