10/11/18 – CYFC Match Reports

10/11/18 – CYFC Match Reports

CYFC U10s defeated Moria u10s

The U10s went into this game on the back of a heavy defeat at the hands of Riverdale last week, but both players & coaches knew if they emulated their 2nd half performance against Moria the young sizzlers would give Moria a good run for their money. On a beautiful sunny saturday morning at MUSA the game kicked off & CYFC settled straight away into their high pressing game with Gabrysiak leading from the front, pressing & talking strongly & it wasn’t long before CYFC had their first strike on goal from Moore on the right when he played a 1-2 with Orzel only to see his shot hit the side netting. The tone was set for the first half & Moria just couldn’t get out of their own half, Orzel & Campbell in the centre of midfield were giving Moria no time on the ball & Mcmullan in centre defence was marshalling his back line to great effect. 10 mins into the half a loose ball from Moria was snapped up by Gabrysiak & he smashed the ball past the Moria keeper to open the scoring. Kerr on the left of midfield then saw his strike narrowly fly over the bar & Moore also had a chance to add to the score but the Moria keeper somehow threw a leg at it & it went out for a CYFC corner. Having practiced corners in training the following set piece move from Gabrysiak resulted in Levsins, the smallest man on the pitch, to dart to the front post & then guide his header into the corner of the Moria net. CYFC continued to hound the Moria players all over the pitch & after nicking the ball from midfield Orzel powered a shot goal wards only to see it hit the post & out to let Moria off the hook just before half time.

Knowing Moria would throw everything at them the coaches had CYFC built up for a massive 2nd half. Moria came out of the blocks hard & produced a chance of their own but Wilkinson in the CYFC goals was equal to it & he was able to push the ball over the bar for a Moria corner. From the resulting corner CYFC defended superbly & the cleared ball landed neatly to Gabrysiak who held the ball up well & then fed Moore who drove at the Moria defence, easily beating his man with his pace & then crossing to Campbell who controlled & passed to Gabrysiak who beat the offside trap & then passed the ball neatly into the back of the Moria net. 3-0 up CYFC eased off the pressure & then after a goalmouth scramble, Moria poked the ball over the line to give them a little hope. This resulted in the game being very open & with Moria doing most of the pressing now, however the pace in this young CYFC team is unreal, & a through ball to Mcgurk saw him run from the halfway line only for the Moria keeper to pull off a fantastic save to deny him a goal. Then again after sustained Moria pressure, Mcgurk saw himself one on one with the Moria keeper & once again the Moria keeper was equal to his resulting shot. The game had turned into Moria pressure with CYFC hitting them hard on the break. With only a few moments left a quick throw in from Mcgurk saw Gabrysiak make a brilliant run across his marker & poke the ball under the diving Moria keeper to end the scoring & the match. A superb performance from the U10s, whose fitness & awareness is improving every week & they have also shown great character by keeping together after a run of defeats. Well done to all!!

Team: Wilkinson, Donnelly, Mcmullan, Smyth, Mcgurk, Orzel, Campbell (c) Kerr, Moore, Levsins, Gabrysiak.

MOM – Mcmullan

                                                                  CYFC u11’s 8 Dungannon Colts 1

Last Saturday the 2008’s faced Dungannon at the McAree Stadium for the second week running in a MUYL fixture. After their comprehensive 4-1 victory over Dungannon Swifts Cookstown manager Nigel Donnelly was confident in a positive result against the Colts. The Whites pressed the Colts defensive three from the first whistle with Long opening the scoring with a thunderbolt after 2 minutes after good work from McElhatton. Fellow defender Ferson got in on the act 3 minutes later when his low drive through a melee of players nestled in the net after a deflection off a Colts defender. A great run and pinpoint pass from Wilson on the left found McElhatton who finished neatly from the edge of the box on 7 minutes. Captain McKenzie got in on the act with a wonder strike from 18 yards after a quick short corner to make it 4-0. Keeper Patterson then pulled off a tremendous save to deny the homesters. McElhatton and Donnelly tested the keeper again before substitute O’Neill volleyed into the top corner to make it a fabulous five. The Dungannon keeper made two fantastic saves from O’Neill and Talbot before Kelso fired home to make it 6-0 at half time. Into the second half Wilson went inches wide with a good effort. Patterson pulled off another tremendous save before Dungannon pulled a goal back. Striker Talbot was thwarted by the Colts keeper once again before rifling home his deserved goal on 40 minutes. McKenzie then powered home his second of the game after beating two men with a neat dribble to make it eight. In the dying minutes a flurry of chances fell to Talbot, McElhatton and Wilson. Home to TTBS Juniors next Saturday in the league.

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

                                                            CYFC u13 Youth 5-2 Dungannon Youth

On Saturday the CYFC under 13 Youth team took on local rivals Dungannon Youth at the Mid Ulster sports arena. This was an eagerly awaited tussle at the top of the table with both local teams in excellent form in the run up to the fixture.

The home team started the brighter of the two with most of the play being contained in the Dungannon half. Some resolute defending from the Dungannon team kept the CYFC lads from capitalizing on some high tempo passing around the middle of the park. They did eventually make the breakthrough half way through the first half.  A Connall Sheehy long ball down the right hand side was collected beautifully by Ben Mallon who made no mistake and slotted the ball into the left hand corner of the net in his inimitable style. The lead was short lived as Dungannon struck back quickly. CYFC failed to clear their lines from an attack down the right hand side and after a scramble the ball ended up in the CYFC net. CYFC retook the lead shortly before half time following some superb individual play from Ben Mallon he rifled the ball into the Dungannon net, leaving the keeper with no chance.

The second half saw more of the same fast pace battling in the middle of the park with Neeson and Wilkinson dominating play and winning the important 50/50 tackles. It wasn’t too long into the half when Wilkinson threaded through a well-judged pass to James Bell up front who controlled the ball beautifully and struck a fizzer into the Dungannon net. Ten minutes into the half CYFC scored a fourth goal, following a free kick Dungannon failed to clear their lines and Higgins quickly latched onto the loose ball and tapped it into the net. The visitors did get a goal back following a mix up in the CYFC defence, however this was not to spoil the superb performance for the CYFC team as they saved the best for last with a Luke Neeson screamer from 25 yards.

A well deserved victory for the CYFC team as they continue to dominate the Mid Ulster league, now 8 games unbeaten !

Team: Jack McClure, Tom Pitts, Aaron Quinn, Luke McElkennon, Charlie Hawker, Tom Wilkinson, Luke Neeson, Jack Kearney, Vance McKeown, Peter McClean, Ben Mallon, Shea McGeehan, Chris Ward, Conall Sheehy (c), James Bell and Conall Higgins


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