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Cookstown Advance

Saturday 09.09.2023
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


Cookstown ruthlessly dispatched Donaghmore IIIs from this year’s junior championship.  Already promoted by virtue of their league success, the Fr Rocks were clinical, particularly in the opening half. By the tenth minute Cookstown had raced into a six point advantage, it could have been worse John Gilmore having to settle for a point after his goal bound effort was wonderfully tipped over the bar by Christopher Hughes.
Cookstown continued to pile on the pressure, Conor O’Neill, a third point from Matthew Carberry and a fisted point from Matthew McNeill saw the Fr Rocks reach double figures, with little response from Donaghmore who had set up defensively.
The game’s first goal arrived late in half a perfect ball from Callan Kelly found Conor O’Hare, who fed John Gilmore to finish past Hughes. Further points from Gilmore and O’Hare extended Cookstown’s advantage before Christopher Hughes opened Donaghmore’s account with a huge 50m free, which was the final action of the half.
Early scores from Ruairi Mullan and Carberry maintained Cookstown’s dominance before Connor McGinn got his side’s second point from a placed ball. The lively Michael McElhatton scored his third point moments after Conor O’Neill had set up Gilmore for his second goal. Callan Kelly, who had opened the scoring, notched his second as the Fr Rocks got some game time into their subs.
With seven minutes remaining, Donaghmore were reduced to 14, as Sean McCall saw red for a tackle on Michael McElhatton. Carberry converting the resultant free. Full back McNeill claimed his second of the evening, but it was fitting that Go man of the match   John Gilmore had the final say, he brought his tally to 3-4 when he flicked to the net after Nathan Connolly’s shot had been saved. Cookstown await the winners of Eskra or Brackaville.
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