Unblemished start in McCullough Cup and the Irish qualifiers

CHS 1st XI 2

Regent House 1

On Saturday the boys played at home against Regent House in an important game for both teams.

It was a double header for both the McCullough Cup and as an Irish schools qualifying match.

The importance of the match showed early on with both teams struggling to find any real rhythm or structure to their play.

Cookstown were punished early on in the half by a Regent move which started deep in their own half and poor awareness by Cookstown allowed Regent to eventually tap in uncontested at the back post to make the score 1-0.

This was the wake-up call that the Cookstown players needed and they started to pass the ball a lot better and increase their pass count.

This increase in possession allowed them to get control of the game and level the scores through a shot from close range by Callum Anderson.

Just before halftime a Scott Nelson drag flick from a short corner put the team 2-1 up going into the half time break.

The second half turned out to be a very open affair with Regent pushing hard for the equaliser.

Cookstown defended well and managed to hold out for a week deserved win which leaves them well placed in both competitions.

Three wins out of three in the Irish Schools Qualifiers and two out of two in the McCullough cup is just the start Cookstown has wished for.

1st XI Squad: Joshua 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 Jeffers, Elliott Harpur.