On Saturday, at lunchtime Cooke met Clogher Valley, at Shawsbridge in a Junior Cup Semi Final. Clogher were missing 3 regulars in the pack because of a wedding. The match was moved forward to 1.00pm to allow the rest of the team to attend the reception. I covered the first 60 minutes of the game before heading over to Queens.
Clogher set off with purpose winning the opening tussles. An attack stalled near halfway and Aaron Dunwoody broke free from the ruck, into space and ran in unopposed for Clogher’s opening try, converted by Paul Armstrong, for a 7-0 lead.
Exchanges were very even in the damp overcast conditions, but Cooke pressure eventually led to a Jack Knox try. Andrew McMurray’s conversion tied the game at 7-7 after 26 minutes.
The game developed into a ‘slugfest’, with play confined to midfield, between the ‘22s’, with neither side able to impose themselves on their opposition. Halftime was 7 apiece.
There was no change in fortunes in the 3rd quarter.
Eventually the game was settled in Clogher’s favour with a David Stinson try, converted by Armstrong, to give Clogher a 14 – 7 victory and a place in the Junior Cup Final on 14th May against City of Armagh II.