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Killymoon Rangers 3
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Saturday 27th October 2018
Ballymena League - Division 1
2:00pm ko @ Beechway
Killymoon took the field of play on Saturday past to face local rivals Cookstown Olympic at Beechway Playing Fields. The two long-serving Cookstown clubs have met dozens of times down through the years, with the matches always proving very competitive regardless of the division or league either side was in. This game was to be no different, only now, both teams are in the exact same division, vying for important points.
Manager Graeme McKenzie, taking charge of his first derby, was missing a few important squad players, and so opted to reshuffle the formation and personnel for this game. It proved to be beneficial in the early stages as the home side started brightly and looked to be the more threatening of the two teams.
On the 30-minute mark, the pressure paid off, after fullback Josh Adams wandered forward and unleashed a wonderful strike from 30 yards out which flew over the head of the helpless Olympic goalkeeper and into the roof of the net. 1-0 Killymoon.
The lead was to be short lived however, and after a number of clear cut chances went begging for Killymoon, Cookstown Olympic got back on level terms after being an awarded a dubious penalty in the 35th minute. Regardless of the decision, the penalty was neatly tucked away by Olympic midfielder Dean Teague bringing the score line to 1-1.
Killymoon v Cookstown Olympic
As the first came to a close, an incident occurred whereby Olympic frontman Brian Mulligan was alleged to have head-butted Killymoon Goalkeeper Michael Brown. Already on a yellow card for an earlier late tackle, the referee had seen enough and sent the Olympic man to the changing rooms leaving his side down to 10 for the remainder of the game.
For the first 15 minutes of the second half, the game was a very closely contested battle, with Olympic raising their game, playing very well, and throwing caution to the wind in search of a goal.
Killymoon eventually got hold of the game again and began to pile on the pressure against the 10 man Olympic who were fighting very hard to stay in the game. On the 57th minute, Killymoon finally got the all-important 3rd goal of the game. It came through centre-half Jamie O'Neill, after a corner kick delivery from the left found the defenders head and he nodded home from six yards out. 2-1 Killymoon.
Killymoon v Cookstown Olympic
The home side continued to push forward, and despite Olympics best efforts, Rangers' added their third goal through winger Dylan Coyle, who found himself in some space in the penalty box and struck home a loose ball to kill of the game in the 78th minute.
Killymoon saw out the rest of the game fairly comfortably and wrapped up an important 3 points and much deserved victory over their local rivals.
A feisty and competitive game as always. Well done to both teams for putting on a great game of football for the many supporters who came to watch on a cold Saturday afternoon.
The game was kindly sponsored by: FIFTY SHADES Barbers & Hairdressers, Cookstown. A big thanks to them for the support.
The game was kindly sponsored by: FIFTY SHADES Barbers & Hairdressers, Cookstown
Killymoon Club News: DARTS Tournament - Saturday 10th November in the Dunleath Bar Cookstown. £5 entry, 8pm start, £100.00 to the winner, plus raffle draw with fantastic prizes!!
Next week Killymoon travel to neighbouring side Desertmartin for a local derby hoping for another three vital points to add to the tally.

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