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Saturday 6th January 2018
Canada Trophy
1:30pm ko @ Fairhill, Cookstown
Killymoon Rangers hosted local rivals Cookstown Youth Colts in Round Two of the Canada Trophy on Saturday 6th January, with both teams vying for a spot in the quarter final.
Killymoon started brightly with some good early possession down both flanks, and an early shot was fired just wide by Warren Smith. At the other end, in-form goalkeeper Kyle Dobson was forced into action early, rushing from his line to clear the danger from the oncoming Cookstown Youth forward. It took only ten minutes for the deadlock to be broken, when long serving striker Warren Smith hit home from six yards following some great built up play in midfield from Christopher McNicholl, who wriggled past two Colts players into the box before Smith finished off a great bit of play. Possession ebbed and flowed for the remainder of the first half, with both teams putting in tough tackles as they battled for control. Notably, Killymoon's Stuart Donaghy, returning from injury, was fortunate to escape a booking following a hard tackle on the Colts' left winger as the ball broke loose between the pair. There wasn't much separating the two sides, as chances fell to both teams just before half-time, but both goalkeepers were in fine form and equal to the efforts. It was 1-0 at the break.
The second half saw Killymoon start slow and again goalkeeper Kyle Dobson was called into action, saving low to his right forcing a corner, as Cookstown Youth Colts pressed hard for an equaliser. The away side didn't have to wait much longer for the goal, and it came through Colts' forward Mark Larmour on sixty minutes. Confusion in the Killymoon back line lead to a Colts corner. When the ball was delivered in, the young forward capitalised on poor marking and brought his team level. 1-1.
Defenders Eoin Coyle, William Frizelle, and Jamie O'Neill were having an busy time at the back for Killymoon in the second period, but as the game moved into the final quarter, Killymoon regained a foothold in the game and mounted a big push for the winner. Close range efforts from Robert Allen and David Frizelle followed, and Killymoon really should have taken the lead, but instead the chances went a 'begging and it was the Colts' turn to pile on the pressure as they went in search of a winning goal.
As the game came towards it's finale, Killymoon dug deep and after some determined work from Andrew Chesney and Ciaran Blake in midfield, Cookstown Youth were caught on the break, and Warren Smith found himself one-on-one with Colts defender John Scott. The striker managed to fire a shot from long range and the Colts keeper couldn't quite stretch to save it. It was an excellent finish, worthy of the winning goal, but heartbreak for Cookstown Youth who had battled bravely to get back into the game.
Killymoon finished strong, clearing any danger in the remaining minutes, and possibly should have added a third goal when teenage substitute Brian Murray found himself unmarked from 10 yards, only to rush his left footed effort. hitting it high over the bar. Final score 2-1 to Killymoon Rangers.
Warren Smith with Assistant Manager Andrew Graeme
The Man of the Match could have easily gone to goalkeeper Kyle Dobson. However, given his two well-taken goals, the supporters decided Warren Smith was worthy of the award, which was sponsored by Sid Wilson.
A big thanks to Kenneth Charles & Son for sponsoring this home fixture, which was much appreciated. Many thanks also to all the people who came out to support both teams on a cold afternoon at Fairhill Park. The players, coaches and staff really appreciate it.
Killymoon Rangers will now face Sport & Leisure Reserves, Carrick Athletic or Cookstown RBL Reserves in the quarter final, depending on the results of other early round fixtures which are yet to played.

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