Smyth brothers to fore as Antrim are put to sword

JL4 Cookstown V 6

Antrim III 1

The Fives were looking to continue their good form as Antrim came to Cookstown.

The Reds started well and within two minutes were one up. Good work down the right by Anderson and a good ball into the circle allowed Jamie McWhirter to grab his second goal in as many games.

The game continued in this trend for most of the half, and it wasn’t long before Agnew marked his return to the team with a goal to double Cookstown’s advantage.

With the majority of the hockey being played in the Antrim half, the away side were limited to one short corner attempt, which was well defended by the Reds. Shortly before the break, a good move down the right allowed for a great ball to be played in and Anderson got the deftest of touches to leave half time score at 3-0.

The second half was played in the same fashion as the first, with Cookstown looking to build on their already substantial lead. The next goal came from great link up play by the Smyth brothers, with Andy beating the ‘keeper and setting up Matt to score number four.

In the aftermath of the goal the game threatened to boil over, with some handbags from both teams, resulting in Matt Smyth seeing a yellow for his part. However, this didn’t seem to affect the Red’s game as they continued to push for yet more goals.

Shortly after being restored back to full strength Andy Smyth used the auto pass rule to his advantage by taking a free himself, driving into the circle and unleashing and unstoppable reverse stick shot to make the score 5-0 and secure the points. Shortly after, Matt Smyth made up for his yellow by adding a second goal, his fourth in three games, to complete Cookstown’s scoring rout.

The only blot on the copy book for the home side was a goal conceded with the very last touch of the ball to take away that elusive clean sheet.

Cookstown V: A. Henry, C. Scott, G. Thom, A. Thom, C. Sanderson, G. Leonard, M. McWhirter, C. Anderson, J. McWhirter, R. Agnew, P. Hughes, D. Crooks, A. Smyth, M. Smyth, W. Reilly, C. Hutchinson

Man of Match: A tough call, Callum Anderson just shades it.

Thanks to Brian Thom and Ian Hagan for umpiring.

The Fives send condolences to both the Steenson family and the Johnston family at this difficult time.