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Cookstown's Greg Allen in Premier League action against Civil Service at Stormont

Cookstown's Greg Allen in Premier League action against Civil Service at Stormont

Cookstown's Greg Allen in Premier League action against Civil Service at Stormont

Greg Allen admitted to feeling a tad envious as he watched a number of Ulster players head south over the weekend for senior international and Under-21 training camps.

But the Cookstown striker simply got on with doing what he does best, helping Cookstown chalk up another Ulster Premier League victory on Saturday and inching closer to a personal milestone of 100 goals at top-flight level.

Allen has been a consistent marksman in recent years, helping the Tyrone club to league titles and an Irish Senior Cup final success, but once again his credentials have been overlooked, not included in any of the Irish training squads.

But as the squads toiled in Dublin, Greg was prominent again, scoring the fourth goal as Cookstown beat Civil Service 5-1 at Stormont in the only scheduled Premier League game, to move up to third place, four points behind leaders Banbridge and three behind second placed Lisnagarvey.

That maintains his goal a game sequence this season and puts him onto 98 for the first team, with most of them from open play.

"It would be nice to get included in the Irish squad but no-one's ever been in touch," he says. "In the meantime I'll press on towards the century of goals milestone."

The defeat leaves Service still rooted to the foot of the table ... but they have a big six-pointer coming up next week against Raphoe which will give an indication of whether they can surive in the top flight or not.

Meanwhile, newly crowned Linden Cup champions Newry Olympic consoildiated their position at the top of the Senior One table when they beat PSNI 3-1 at the border venue.

And with main rivals Portadown not in action and North Down dropping valuable points in a 2-2 draw at South Antrim, their dream of a long-awaited return to the Premier Section remains a strong possibility.

Robbie Irwin put them ahead against the police in the ninth minute from a penalty corner and Kyle McCombe added a second, this time from a corner variation. John Taylor put the game out of sight with the third, although Chris Barnes converted a corner late on.

Newry face Portadown next week, and the outcome of that will play a major part in the destination of the title.

Ulster Premier League scores and scorers: Civil Service 1 (P Johnston) Cookstown 5 (K Black, G Cuddy, S Sloan, G Allen, R Millar)

Senior One: South Antrim 4 (M Gray, P Maguire, A Glass, L Marshall) North Down 4 (P Wilson, C Speers, T Donnan, A Forrest); Bangor 2 (S Scales, R Cunningham) Campbellians 3 (A Burnside, S McMillan, C Bannister); Newry 3 (R Irwin, K McCombe, J Taylor) PSNI 1 (C Barnes); Cliftonville 0 Antrim 4 (L Kane, N McCullough, A Reilly, D Mailey)

Belfast Telegraph


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