01/09/18 – CYFC Match Reports

01/09/18 – CYFC Match Reports

CYFC u11s Defeated Coalisland Young Stars

Cookstown kicked off there season with a very one sided game against coalisland in the mid ulster youth league. From the first whistle cookstown put the coalisland defense under alot of pressure an so it wasnt long before they opened the scoring with a lovely strike from Brendan Mulgrew 20 yards out. The young Cookstown boys continued to play some great attacking football an soon added 2 more goals from Jay Wilson and Isaac Kelso. Cyfc were in a confident mood and Jake Donnelly fired in a quick hatrick just before the break to find themselves 6-0 up at half time.

In the second half cookstown continued to dominate with keeper Benjamin Patterson being a spectator for much of the game. Jack Price and Jamie Ferson added two more goals in quick succession Jay wilson grabbed another two to complete his hatrick and Isaac Kelso finnished the scoring with his second of the game. All in all this was a great start to the season for the cookstown boys with some great football played and plenty of goals scored , Well done boys!

Team: B Patterson , J Patterson , H Mckenzie , J Ferson , J Price ,B Mulgrew , I Kelso , J Donnelly , C Talbot , J Wilson

Crusaders 5 – 2 Cookstown Youth U14s 

Cookstown Youth FC U14s opened up the 2018-19 with a trip to Mullusk to face irish league side Crusaders.

This was the boys opening game in the National League B Division to which the team have made the step up into this year.

The boys started brightly from the first whistle, automatically going on the attack and pressing from the front. The ball was won and Cookstown put a flowing move together with 3 or 4 passes that ended with Antin Donnelly finishing from close range putting the visitors 1-0 up.

A few more chances were quickly created by Cookstown but they failed to get the second and third goals.

The game levelled out and Crusaders slowly came into the game. Cookstown we’re dealing with any pressure keeping a good shape.

Crusaders won a comer and from that set piece, a mistake from Cookstown allowed the smallest player on the pitch to be unmarked and the ball found its way to this player at the back post for an easy tap in.

This unsettled Cookstown out of their rhythm and 2 more lapses in concentration allowed 2 long balls in behind the defence and the Crusaders forwards made no mistake. 3-1 to Crusaders HT.

Cookstown started brighter in the second half putting together some chances but failed to bring the game closer. Eoin McCracken in the Cookstown goal was keeping his team in the game with a string of fine saves.

But it was again a lack in concentration that was the teams undoing, when s sloppy bit of defending let Crusaders in and again they made no mistake.

To their credit Cookstown continued pressing forward and pushed into the oppositions box, resulting in Evan Johnstone being brought down. Keegan Hampsey stepped up and put away a clinical penalty with the keeper diving the right way.

Cookstown pushed further trying to get back in the game and left gaps at the back, this resulted in Crusaders getting a Fifth goal and closing the game out.

This was a tough opening for the boys in what will be a tough league, but there was a number of positives to work on and the players will be determined to get on track with their next match versus Ridgeway Rovers.

CYFC u16 4 – 1 Armagh City 

Cookstown Youth U16’s opened the new season with a home tie against Armagh City. In a highly entertaining game it was Cookstown who took the lead in the fifteenth minute when G.Cahoon scored after a great pass from C.Davidson. Armagh equalised eight minutes later. With both teams cancelling each other out, the game looked like it would end in a draw but a strong finish from Cookstown saw them score three in the last ten minutes. J.Martin scored when his initial shot was parried by the keeper, but was able to guide the rebound into the net. With confidence high, Cookstown right back T.Davidson received the ball just inside the Armagh half looked up and let fly, leaving the keeper no chance, hitting the back of the net from over 40 yards. J.Smith completed the scoring when he fired home in injury time. A great result and well deserved win for Cookstown.

Team: A.Taylor, A. Devlin, C.Ballentine, M.Thom, T.Davidson, G.Cahoon, D.Barfoot, C.Davidson, J.Donnelly, M.Ekiert, J.Smith, N.Hailing, J.Martin, R.Campbell, R.Lennox

CYFC Youth  U 13 8 – 0 Rathfriland U 13

The CYFC U13 team traveled to Portadown on Saturday to take on Rathfriland in the first game of the new season. The CYFC lads started much the brighter of the two teams, with piercing runs from Peter McLean and new signing Conall Higgins causing major disruption in the Rathfriland defence. Despite the constant pressure, it wasn’t until 20 minutes into the first half that Ben Mallon finally broke the deadlock with a drilled shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net. The goal seemed to relax the CYFC and they started to get into their stride, playing some sparkling football. Conall Higgins extended the lead with a beautifully struck penalty. This was promptly followed up by a dazzling solo effort from Peter McLean just before half time.

Fresh legs in the second half saw the CYFC team extend their lead, with the pick of the bunch from Conall Higgins, trapping a high ball beautifully then beating the defender with some fancy footwork before launching the ball into the Rathfriland net. Not to be out done, the talisman of the team last year, James Bell made a typical run through the centre of the park and buried the ball beautifully into the net. Luke Neeson, Aaron Quinn and Ben Mallon completed the scoring in what was a satisfying start to the campaign. The team has clearly been strengthened from last season and the local lads look in good form to retain the league title this year.

Team – Jack McClure, Luke McElkennon, Tom Pitts, Aaron Quinn, Charlie Hawker, Tom Wilkinson, Peter MCClean, Conall Higgins, Vance McKeown, Ben Mallon, Shea McGeehan, Chris Ward, Conall Sheehy, James B

Donegal Celtic 4 – 3 Cookstown Youth 1st’s 

CYFC 1st made the long journey to Belfast on Saturday and will be very disappointed to be leaving the city with nothing after a match that seen them in the lead twice and 3-2 up with only 2 minutes to go.

Cookstown were well on top of the home side and they went in from when Adam Watson was pulled down inside the box and a penalty was awarded after 10 minutes, James Boco McaGhan stepped up to up his side 1-0 up. A few minutes later from a McGahan free Kick the ball fell to James Leslie inside the 6 yards box but he somehow hit his shot over the bar. After this the Cookstown lads set back and let the home team get into the match and it was them that had two very good chances to score after 30 minutes. Again the Home side were capitalising on some very poor passing and the Cookstown lads looked to be all over the place at times with panic setting into the back line and the work rate of players not what it should have been and is was no surprise that DC got back on level terms on 43 minutes when a DC corner was half cleared the DC player hit a rasping shot that found the back of the net from 20 yards out for 1-1.

DC were 1st out of the block and it was them who took the lead when their forward was brought down on the edge of the box but to the amassment of the CYFC lads the ref said it was right on the line and ruled it was a penalty kick, the DC player sent Donaghy the wrong way from the spot for 2-1. The Cookstown lad pushed hard and started to finally play their game and the were soon back on level terms when a good move started in the mid field and the ball was worked out to Watson on the Right wing and his great cross found James Leslie who headed into the net for 2-2. Cookstown pushed hard not for the winner with McGahan and Paul Stewart have good chances inside the box, at the other end DC were always a danger on the break but Wilson and Brown were playing well to keep them out. With only 2 minutes to go Cookstown took the lead again when Paul Stewart Headed home from a McGahan corner for 3-2. With the clock running down the COOKSTOWN lad have the ball deep in the DC half and will feel the referee missed a 100% free kick when the DC player got the ball back, His long cross field ball looked to be causing no danger at all but a missed judged clearance by Keane put it straight onto the DC forward that was 5 yards in an offside position and he made no mistake to make it 3-3 as all the Cookstown Player protested and asking the ref how could he not be off side. The goal stood and as the game enter injury time Cookstown had a free kick on at the half way line. The ball was send in and easily claimed by the home keeper how took a long kick out but a mix up between Keeper Donaghy and Brown allowed the smallest player on the pitch to nip in and head it over the advancing keeper and score for a dramatic finish for the home side.

Team: Donaghy, Watson, Leslie, Wilson, Brown, Bell, McKenna, Stewart, Keane, Scott, McGahan, Devlin, Arrell, Hunter

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