Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Mens' Hockey: High scorers Cookstown at it again

Cookstown II hold the record for the highest score in a Junior One match and last weekend they came within five goals of beating it when they hit 14 without reply against Banbridge III at the Tyrone venue.

Four years ago they crushed Bangor III 19-0 and last season had a 13-0 victory to their name.

On Saturday Derek Falls got four of the goals while Stephen Allen and John Howard each claimed hat tricks.

Graeme Black got two and skipper Ian Cheevers and Paul Barrett hit one apiece.

"It doesn't happen that often - you just sometimes get the odd freak result." Cheevers explained.

"It was a wee bit embarrassing but credit to Banbridge as they were a lot of players short."

It's been a good start to the defence of their Junior One title for the Tyrone lads though the Irish Junior Cup remains the priority.

To date Cookstown have won two and drawn one of their opening games.

"It's been going well and we are starting to get all our players back." added their captain.

"Even without a full squad we still managed to beat Bangor 4-0 after drawing our opening match 2-2 with Raphoe.

And to put their early season form into an even more positive perspective Cookstown are without former Ireland captain Marty Sloan who has retired, as Local Heroes revealed recently.

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