CHS 1st XI 12 Kilkeel 1st XI 5
Goal Scorers: Tony Johnston 3, Chris Millar 2, Timmy Sloan 2, Andrew Ferguson, Joel Anderson, Ryan Donaldson, Ian Johnston, Scott Nelson.
This Saturday, Cookstown High School’s 1st XI made the long trip to Kilkeel for a friendly match.
With Andrew Ferguson returning from injury for his first match of the season, the team dominated possession in the early stages.
Timmy Sloan opened the scoring, finishing a well worked short corner at the back post. This tally was soon doubled when Ian Johnston deflected a Donaldson cross, giving the boys 2-0 lead within 4 minutes.
Tony Johnston then converted a similar goal, this time assisted by Sloan from the top of the circle. The persistent Cookstown pressure led to another short corner. When a Nelson drag flick was stopped on the line by a Kilkeel foot, Donaldson coolly dispatched the resulting penalty. However, the boys began to lose concentration and a scrappy Kilkeel goal left Cookstown leading 4-1 at the break.
Cookstown started strongly and a cross from Ian Johnston was well finished by Joel Anderson from the penalty spot. Yet more poor defending led to another Kilkeel goal, this time from a penalty corner.
In need of inspiration, Ferguson duly stepped up. After picking up a Johnston pass within the 25, he beat three Kilkeel players and finished with a fierce reverse stick shot. Once again Kilkeel responded and Cookstown began to lose fluency.
It wasn’t until the reintroduction of Millar and Sloan that the team improved. Sloan received a Ferguson pass, slipped Millar through and the lightning forward finished with a strong shot across the keeper.
Yet again, Cookstown switched off and more sloppy play allowed the Kilkeel centre forward to receive the ball unmarked just inside the CHS half. He duly capitalised and gave goalkeeper Thomas Sterling no chance on the one-on-one.
An almost identical goal from Millar, a Tony Johnston slap and a Sloan finish were matched by two Kilkeel goals as the end-to-end affair continued. Cookstown finished off a reasonable offensive performance with late goals from Johnston and Nelson.
Despite this strong goal-scoring performance, Cookstown will need to tighten up in defence as they face key McCullough Cup games against Bangor and Friends in the coming week.
CHS: Joshua Anderson, Thomas Sterling, Scott Nelson, Michael Kerr, Jonathan Wensley, Andrew Ferguson, Timmy Sloan, Tony Johnston, Ian Johnston, Ryan Donaldson, Chris Millar, Callum Anderson, Luke Simpson, Joel Anderson, Troy Chambers, Brett McConnell, Elliott Harpur.
CHS U14 4 Kilkeel 0
Goal Scorers: Troy Chambers, Tom Black 2, Cole Chambers
A much improved team performance from last week saw CHS dominate long periods of the match with a selfless passing game which they have been trying to find all season.
Kilkeel had no real answer to the visitors high pressure defence and were forced to turn the ball over on numerous occasions.
The start of the match was an even affair with both teams managing to put together good passing sequences which failed to create any clear cut scoring chances. This changed when the Cookstown team started to secure possession of the ball and good work through the right hand side combination of Adam McKenzie, Scott Mc Cabe and Cole Chambers started to take control. It was through one of these moves that Cookstown broke the deadlock through a well taken finish by Troy Chambers in front of the Kilkeel keeper. This lead was soon doubled by an on form Tom Black, with a driving finish at the back post after a cross from Danny Kerr at the top the circle.
The second half saw Cookstown really find their stride and they controlled the half from start to finish with goalkeeper Joshua McCabe not being called upon to make any saves at all. Tom Black got his second of the day with a brilliant solo, spin and shot which gave the Kilkeel defence and GK absolutely no chance. Cookstown came close with a number of well worked short corners before Cole Chambers got in on the family scoring act with a nice finish to make it CHS 4 Kilkeel 0.
U14s:Joshua McCabe, Jack Haycock, Matthew Glen dinning, Gareth McCrea, Robert Turkington, Scott McCabe, Danny Kerr, Adam Watson, Cole Chambers, Dylan Whinnery, Lee McCrea , Troy Chambers.