News
COOKSTOWN 4 MONKSTOWN 4
23/02/2019

COOKSTOWN 4 MONKSTOWN 4

Cookstown and Monkstown fought out a very enjoyable and edgy 4-4 draw in the EY Hockey League at Steelweld Park on Saturday.
There were half-chances at either end before Callum Anderson put Cookstown ahead with a seriously good first-time half-volley into the bottom corner.
Monkstown got back into the game in dubious circumstances in the second quarter. The ball struck a Dubliner’s foot inside the 25’ but neither umpire saw it. Two passes later and Davy Carson steered the ball home with a really classy finish for 1-1.
The piece of luck seemed to drive on Monkstown and only for Dan Crooks’ save on the line, Carson would’ve had a double. The men in blue did edge in front soon afterwards through Guy Sarratt’s powerful drag from a penalty corner.
A yellow card for Stu Smyth put Cookstown under pressure, but Ryan Millar did manage to hit the post before Monkstown made their extra man count with Carson forcing the ball home for 3-1.
Monkstown were still celebrating when Cookstown made it 3-2, Anderson deflecting Greg Allen’s drive past Davy FitzGerald.
Sarratt slotted home a carbon copy of his first with three minutes left until half time, but there was still time for another goal in the second quarter. It went to Cookstown with Allen smashing home with an old-fashioned long handle hit to make it 4-3 at the short whistle.
By comparison, the second period was a relatively boring affair. The first meaningful event came when Ryan Millar scored high into the net for Cookstown from second phase at short corner time. However, the umpire adjudged it to have been the first shot on goal and reversed his decision.
It was a tense match for much of the final quarter with Cookstown pegged back defending. When they did get the chance to counter through Stu Smyth, it drew a green card for Monkstown’s Jason Lynch and this gave them the impetus for Greg Allen to deflect home a Keith Black route one ball into the circle.
There was a flurry of chances at both ends before the whistle went and the two teams got a share of the points.
Solo Fuels MVP: Dan Crooks
Cookstown III were on the right side of a goal storm at Friends School in Lisburn on Saturday, winning 7-6 against South Antrim II. Gareth Cuddy scored a hat trick with Alan Carson (2), Stephen Cuddy and Davy Kane scoring the rest.
Cookstown IV also had a massive win, beating Mossley III at The Glade in Newtownabbey by 3-2. Robbie Gilmour, Robert Turkington and Luke Simpson got the goals.

DON’T FORGET THAT COOKSTOWN PLAY CORK CI AT 1PM AT STEELWELD PARK TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE QUARTER FINAL OF THE IRISH SENIOR CUP.

Men's EYHL 2018/19
TEAM P W D L GD Pts        
Lisnagarvey 18 14 2 2 37 44        
Three Rock 18 12 2 4 34 38        
Banbridge 18 12 2 4 26 38        
Glenanne 18 9 6 3 10 33        
Pembroke W 18 9 0 9 -10 27        
Monkstown 18 7 3 8 12 24        
Annadale 18 4 3 11 -33 15        
YMCA 18 3 5 10 -21 14        
Cork C o I 18 2 5 11 -24 11        
Cookstown 18 2 4 12 -31 10        
Ladies' Senior 2 2018/19
TEAM P W D L GD Pts
Dromore 20 16 2 2 47 50
NICS 20 15 2 3 33 47
Saintfield 20 14 2 4 24 44
Ballyclare 20 10 3 7 21 33
Annadale 20 9 6 5 12 33
Owls 20 8 6 6 9 30
Limavady 20 5 4 11 7 19
Holywood 20 4 7 9 -5 19
Larne 20 5 4 11 -27 19
Cookstown 20 5 0 15 -45 14
Kilkeel 20 0 2 18 -77 3