COOKE 10 TULLAMORE 16, Shaw's Bridge
Scorers: Cooke: Tries: Reuben Aiono, Niall McCordick
Tullamore: Try: Polonga Pedro; Con: Gearoid O'Grady; Pens: Gearoid O'Grady 3
Under the gaze of the floodlights at Shaw's Bridge, Tullamore made a sluggish start, conceding an early try with Cooke out-half Reuben Aiono crashing over the try-line.
A determined Tullamore bounced back 10 minutes later with their number 10 Gearoid O'Grady splitting the posts with the first of his three successful penalty kicks.
The midlanders continued to dominate possession as O'Grady helped them break into a 6-5 lead.
Tullamore remained in front by a point at the interval, but only after withstanding strong pressure from an eager Cooke side who showed great determination in the closing stages of the half.
O'Grady added an excellent conversion from wide out to open up a 16-5 lead.
Cooke battled bravely and although victory was now out of sight, a late Niall McCordick try in the fifth minute of injury-time closed the gap to six points.