Fielding a much changed line-up to previous weeks South looked disjointed from the start and struggled to get a hold of the game, never mind put any moves together that has characterized their play of previous weeks.
They did create a few chances though and were unfortunate not to go ahead when Paddy Cochrane and Rob Barnes combined well to draw a good save from the away keeper.
After a Cookstown move a ball was crashed into the D for the Cookstown forward to get the final touch and deflect the ball into the goal. The remainder of the half was something of a non-event and the sides went into the break separated by one goal.
The second half lacked rhythm from both sides as they looked to play out a drab affair but the away side did extend their lead after an excellent drag flick into the roof of the net from a short corner.
South managed to pull a goal back after a goalmouth scramble through Rob Barnes but unfortunately they did not manage to get the equalizer or create anything of real substance through a stubborn Cookstown defence.
The team will look to make quick amends for this disappointing result and performance when they entertain N.I.C.S on Saturday at Laurelhill.
Thanks to George Redpath and Brian Wilson for umpiring.