Seventh heaven for Cookstown

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

COOKSTOWN stormed through to the quarter finals of the Irish Senior Cup with a big win over Trinity College in Dublin on Saturday.

Dublin University ...1
Cookstown ...7

The Reds played some of their best hockey of the year in a disciplined performance which the Students could not match.

Stuart Smyth was the match-winner for Cookstown with a hat trick of goals to put his team on the way to victory.

An early short corner saw Smyth give the Reds the lead, drag flicking the ball into the corner after great work by Cole Chambers and Johnny Ames drew a mistake from Trinity.

Keith Black added to his haul of goals next when he converted from the spot and Smyth then put the Reds 3-0 up with another powerful drag flick from the short corner set piece.

Frustratingly, Trinity did manage to get a goal against the run of play just before the half time break.

Having played so well in the first half, Cookstown tried to force the ball at the beginning of the second half, switching to a long ball game to which Trinity easily adapted.

They managed to right this and the goals again began to flow as their passing game came to the fore. First, Greg Allen continued his fantastic run of goal-scoring with another belter before Paul Thompson turned up for a cheeky finish after good work by Allen.

Cookstown continued to create a lot of chances while, at the other end of the pitch, Matty Rollins was in fantastic form in the heart of the Reds' defence.

Smyth smashed his hat trick goal to make it 6-1 and it wasn't long before Johnny Ames rounded off a fast counter-attack move with a low finish.

In the other games in the Irish Senior Cup, Banbridge defeated Three Rock Rovers while Monkstown overcame Lisnagarvey by 3-2.

There was something of a shock at Lough Moss where Instonians beat Annadale on strokes but that was nothing in comparison to Corinthians' victory over fellow Dubliners Glenanne.

Mossley had a marvellous win over Railway Union with former Cookstown player Simon Todd bagging four goals while there were also wins for Cork Church of Ireland over Dublin YMCA and for UCD over lowly Kilkenny.

This Saturday Cookstown are away to Campbellians in the Ulster Premier League at 2.30pm.

Cookstown - Tobias Deppermann, Matthew Rollins, Godfrey Irwin, Paul Thompson, Ewan Butler, Mark Crooks, Johnny Ames, Andy McWhirter, Greg Allen, Cole Chambers, Stuart Smyth (MOTM), Keith Black, Daniel Crooks, Michael Kerr, Timmy Sloan.


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