Cookstown High Travel to Methody
CHS 1st XI 1 MCB 1st XI 2
Cookstown started the match reasonably well with some good link up play between the three lines. The focus for the team was to keep possession of the ball and increase the amount of passes in each possession. This was achieved periodically and resulted in some attacking opportunities and short corners. Unfortunately they couldn't convert these.
Methody won a penalty stroke after the ball was stopped on the line illegally after a penalty corner. This was pushed wide of the goal and Cooksown survived until the half time interval.
Half time 0-0
The second half saw Cookstown force a number of short corners and it was from one of these that Troy Chambers was on hand to score a good second phase goal. Again Cookstown continued to press and win more corners but it was a failure to convert thes that would ultimately cost the boys the match.
Methody got their equaliser after a player carried the ball unchallenged into the Cookstown circle with defenders failing to make key tackles. This lack of pressure allowed him to push the ball past the out rushing keeper Sterling.
Methody pushed on for the win gaining another penalty stroke when a forward was fouled by the keeper in the circle. This time they managed to convert and seal the win in a match that Cookstown had more than enough chances to win.
Squad: J.McCabe, T.Sterling, J.Haycock, D.Kerr, B.McConnell, J.Wensley, M.Kerr, T. Chambers, C. Scott, J. Scott, C.Chambers, S.McCabe, J Dingley, C Hogshaw, R. Turkington, J Warwick
CHS U13's 4 MCB U14's 0
The high flying U13's were keen to keen to build on their good performance against Wallace last week. They faced a stern test against the Methody U14 team. The first half saw Cookstown take some time to get their shape but when Joshua Turkington went into the sweeper role he provided the stability that allowed the travelling team to attack from a strong platform. Cookstown created a number of scoring chances and won a number of short corners but these were all handled well by a well organised MCB defence.
0-0 at half time
Cookstown started the second half well, maintaining possession and getting their pass count up. The deadlock was broken from a well worked short corner routine which saw the centre midfield general Stewart Wylie smash the ball home from the top of the circle. This signalled a start in Cookstown dominance with the second goal coming quickly afterwards following a well worked passing move between Matthew Lindsay and Luke Anderson with saw the final pass arrive in the circle on the stick of Max Anderson who made no mistake, calmly pushing the ball into the corner past the outstretched MCB keeper.
Max went on to collect his second and the teams third shortly afterwards when he picked the ball up on the left hand side of the circle and finished with a sweetly hit reverse stick shot. This cameo performance by the talented year 8 player left the MCB team shell shocked and the match over as a competition.
Charlie Acheson applied the finishing touches with the last goal after he had made a great run into space behind the defenders to pick the ball up and calmly slot into the corner.
This was a very composed performance from an undoubtedly talented team against a team who were a year older.
U13's Squad: Cornel Petliuc, Jamie Smyton, Gary Bell, James Gilmour, Adam Steenson, Luke Anderson, Max Anderson, Joshua Turkington, Matthew Lindsay, Stewart Wylie,Charlie Acheson, Jack Patterson, Callum Reid, Ryan McMenemy.
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