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Glenanne 3 Cookstown 2

GLENANNE 3 COOKSTOWN 2

Cookstown had a frustrating second defeat on the bounce by a scoreline of 3-2 against Dublin opposition in game two of the EY Hockey League.

Down 2-0 at half time - just as they had a week earlier against Pembroke - Cookstown 'won' the second half with a better display but still came out on the wrong side of a five-goal game.

In the first quarter Glenanne, playing their first game from their new base at St Andrew's College, stamped their authority over the Reds, playing at a very fast pace, and forcing chances through Shannon Boucher and Richie Shaw.

Shane O'Donoghue went close with a reverse shot before opening the scoring from a penalty corner. The Reds soon settled into the match and began to move the ball with greater purpose and speed, winning two penalty corners which went without conversion.

Totally in control of the game, Cookstown created a plethora of chances from both open play and penalty-corners but frustratingly, they could not make their superiority count. They were punished when Clive Kennedy masterfully deflected home a knee-height crash ball to give the Glens a two-goal cushion at half time.

As with a week earlier, this proved the wake-up call for Cookstown to play some of their best hockey. Greg Allen, Jack Haycock and Mark Crooks all went close. The breakthrough finally came in the fourth quarter when Stuart Smyth converted a penalty corner to get the Reds back in the game.

With seven minutes to go, Cookstown pushed on for the equaliser, dominating the game in the midfield without being able to find a way through the excellent Glenanne back line. And that was when the home side struck. Kennedy and Richie Shaw made the opening on the Cookstown bye line with Gary Shaw tapping in at the back post for 3-1.

With nothing to lose at this point, Cookstown threw everything at Glenanne. Ryan Millar ran the baseline superbly and fired the ball across goal for Greg Allen to finish from a tight angle with two minutes left to play.

Unfortunately they were unable to find the equaliser as Glenanne kept the ball to run down the clock.



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