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Cookstown celebrate opening of new pitch

By Graham Hamilton

Cookstown have officially opened their new sand-filled pitch to add to their water-based facility at the town's High School.

Three games took place as part of the celebrations, with the senior team beating an Ulster Select - chosen by chosen by former goalkeeper and now Ulster President, David Larmour - by 2-1.

And among the goalscorers was former Irish international Andy Barbour ... the only current Cookstown player to have been on the team when the original sand-filled pitch was laid 21 years ago!

James Lorimer scored for the Ulster Select which included a number of internationals and also one female in Shirley McCay who has over 200 Irish caps. The winning goal came from Ryan Millar after good work by Raymond Miller, although earlier it needed keeper Ian Hughes to save Jonny McKee's penalty stroke to keep Cookstown in the frame.

Meanwhile Mossley made it two wins from two in their Kirk Cup Pool B programme after Ross McIver scored twice in the 4-2 success over North Down.

In the same pool Belfast Harlequins came from 2-1 down to squeeze out Raphoe 3-2 while it needed a Chris Henry penalty corner right at the death to give South Antrim a single goal success over Newry Olympic in Pool A.

Civil Service beat Portadown 5-2 earlier in the week.

GOC Estate Agents Kirk Cup Pool A: South Antrim 1 (Chris Henry) Newry 0; Civil Service 5 (T Priestley 2, C Barnes, A Crone, S Armstrong) Portadown 2 (M Bennett, Z McClelland)

Pool B: Mossley 4 (R McIvor 2, A Sullivan, J Robinson) North Down 2 (R Poots 2); Belfast Harlequins 3 (L McClelland, C Lemon, D Coates) Raphoe 2 (M Leckey, G Patterson)

Challenge game: Cookstown 2 (A Barbour, R Millar) Ulster President's XI 1 (J Lorimer)

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