03/11/18 – CYFC Match Reports

03/11/18 – CYFC Match Reports

CYFC u11s 4-1 Dungannon Swifts

Last Saturday the 2008’s got over the disappointment of their NIBFA Cup exit to Hillsborough Boys with a comprehensive victory over local rivals Dungannon in the Mid Ulster League Cup competition. McElhatton went close on 3 and 8 minutes with two great efforts before Wilson was caught just offside with the goal at his mercy. A thunderous free kick into the top corner from Donnelly on 13 minutes opened the scoring from the Whites. Talbot and Donnelly both had further chances before keeper Patterson was called on to make two tremendous saves. A great through ball from Long was then met and dispatched by Kelso as Cookstown raced into a deserved 2-0 lead just before halftime.

Cookstown continued to press the Dungannon defence with Talbot and captain McKenzie going close with two good efforts. The outstanding Dungannon keeper then made further saves from Wilson, Donnelly and McKenzie as Cookstown threatened to run riot. Power and desire from Kelso led to an easy tap in for Donnelly on 40 minutes. O’Neill went close from a rebounded corner before Price made a tremendous tackle on the Dungannon striker. Patterson. Long and Irwin worked hard in defence with before Wilson stole the ball off the Yellow’s centre half and calmly slotted home on 45 minutes to make it 4-0. The Swifts got a deserved consolation right at the death from a great corner. Away to Dungannon Colts in a league fixture next Saturday.

TEAM: B. Patterson, E. Long, E. Irwin, J. Ferson, A. McElhatton, H. McKenzie, J. Donnelly, I. Kelso, J. Wilson, J. Price, L. O’Neill, C. Talbot, J. Patterson.

St Oliver Plunketts 2-3 Cookstown Youth U14s

The U14s went into this game looking to get back to winning ways.

Cookstown started brightly, pressing their opponents and forcing the ball to be turned over in key areas on multiple occasions. Good work rate from the midfield three of McAdoo, Donnelly and Taylor was giving the away team a platform to start numerous attacks. Good balls from Hampsey, with willing running from Johnstone, allowed Cookstown to get the first few chances of the game but they were unable to capitalise. Cookstown then took the lead with the same players involved. Hampsey with the ball over the top and Johnstone ran onto the ball and out challenged the out rushing keeper. He then calmly slotted the ball into the net to put the visitors one up.

Cookstown then had 3 or 4 good chances to increase their lead but failed to convert. These missed chances seemed to cost the visitors as the home team were then awarded a penalty totally against the run of play. The penalty was taken and Cookstown keeper McCracken saved it brilliantly with a two handed stop in the top corner. Cookstown pushed forward and again pressure on the home keeper from Johnstone forced a mistake and the forward finished well to put Cookstown 2-0 up. With Cookstown controlling the game the home team were awarded a second penalty which at best was considered soft. The home team converted to make it 2-1 at HT.

Second half started with Cookstown solid in defence limiting their opponents to shots from distance. Cowden and Levins producing tough tackles. Aggressive work from captain McADoo was allowing the Cookstown midfield to dominate and more chances were being created. The game became a battle and with time running down, McCann produced some good work down the right and put a good ball across the box and Kelly finished a tough chance on his debut to make it 3-1 to Cookstown. The home team scored a consolation goal with the last kick of the game to make the end score 3-2 to Cookstown.

This was a superb hard working performance with some great football and a we’ll deserved win for the Cookstown lads. Next Sat the team travel to Derry City to play Tri Star in the League. Our thanks to our travelling supporters who came out to support the team. Very much appreciated.

Team: E.McCracken, K.Lamont, E.Cowden, K.Levsins, K.Hampsey, J.Shepard, A.Donnelly, B.McADoo, K.Taylor, S.McCann, E.Johnstone, P.Kelly, R.Devlin, A.Kelso, J.Young

                                                     Cookstown Youth FC Colts 2-3 Rathcoole FC

Last Saturday the Colts entertained Rathcoole FC at MUSA in their latest league encounter. The game started well but in the 12th minute the Youth lost the ball and a neatly threaded pass just was beyond Adam Bell and the striker was in on goal and rounded Luke Donaghy to put them one up. On 24 minutes Kieffer Scott was upended in the box and J McGahan scored from the penalty. It was a good flowing game in strong wind which assisted Rathcoole when the ball came off the head of A Keane and lopped over Donaghy.

Four minutes into the second half the Youth equalized again with T Brennan and R O’Neill combining and the cross was met at the back post by Scott. Rathcoole took the lead again six minutes later with a shot over Donaghy. The second half continued similar to the first with full backs J Turkington and C McMullan were rarely troubled as the Rathcoole play was quite direct.

The game continued with both sides creating chances, the Youth creating the better of these, hitting the crossbar twice, hit the post and twice just into the side netting. Chances fell to McGahan, Bell, Scott, Brennan but unfortunately it just wouldn’t go in. Manager Noel McKenzie said it was another good performance from the Colts. A game we should have won but our luck is due to change soon. The colts hope to get back to winning ways next week against Desertmartin.

Team: L Donaghy, J Turkington, A Bell, P Stewart, C McMullan, T Brennan, A Keane, R O’Neill, S Arrell, K Scott, J McGahan, S Murphy, K McMullan.

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