Heavy Defeats For Cookstown Hockey Club And Coagh United In Boxing Day Cup Finals

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

FESTIVE joy was in short supply on Boxing Day for cup finalists from the area, as both Coagh United FC and Cookstown Hockey Club suffered heavy defeats.

An aggregate score for the two clubs of two goals scored and 13 conceded tells a sorry story for the men from Hagan Park and Steelweld Park respectively.

Coagh United went into the Bob Radcliffe Cup final against Dollingstown as underdogs, and it certainly played out that way, as the Mid-Ulster Intermediate A side thumped Coagh 5-1.

A hat trick from Aaron Duke helped the side managed by former Coagh United boss Stephen Uprichard romp to a comprehensive victory at Loughgall's Lakeview Park.

It had all started so positively for Coagh, as they had opened the scoring through a Richard Donaghy strike in the early stages.

However, two quickfire goals from Josh Norton and Duke soon had Dollingstown in the ascendancy.

Duke had completed his hat trick before the interval as he added two more to make it 4-1 at half time.

Dollingstown Captain Aaron Moffett added a fifth late on to seal the men from Planters Park's first ever Bob Radcliffe Cup triumph.

Coagh's defeat was confirmed around lunchtime on Boxing Day, but worse was to come in the afternoon at Stormont for Cookstown.

The Reds, who would have started as slight favourites in the Kirk Cup final against Carryduff side Annadale, were pummelled by their rampant opponents, who bagged a remarkable 8-1 win.

Leading 4-0 at half time, a penalty stroke early in the second half extended Annadale's lead before Cookstown captain and top scorer Greg Allen squeezed in a response for the Reds.

However, any hopes supporters may have held of continuing their fightback were soon eradicated as Annadale capitalised on Cookstown pressing forward in numbers to add a further three goals to their tally.

And Cookstown captain Greg Allen admitted it was a difficult day for the club.

He said: "That will be a tough one to put behind us, but all credit to Annadale. They were very much deserving of their win and congratulations to them and their supporters for such a good performance on the day.

"For our guys it will be back to the drawing board to see where we went so wrong. From my point of view it felt like we were slow to start and that early goal really put us on our heels. It felt like a pretty even game in the first half although every time they got near our circle it seemed to end up in a goal.

"We tried very hard but nothing we did was enough to break them down. That penalty stoke just after half time really killed the game from a Cookstown perspective."



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