U11s Fight Back To Beat Local Rivals

U11s Fight Back To Beat Local Rivals

CYFC u11s defeated Dungannon Colts u11s

On Saturday the young sizzlers were in action in the Mid Ulster Youth League Knock out cup competition against Dungannon Colts at Dungannon Youth 3g. With an early KO of 09.15 am & a bitterly cold morning & with the added pressure of some boys waiting on their transfer results, the coaches knew this would be a real test, but were also confident the boys would perform to their best.

The game started with CYFC playing their usual possession football, moving the ball quickly from left to right with ease, but after a few minutes some pressure from Dungannon saw their forward latch onto a loose ball & he fired home past the diving Wilkinson to give Dungannon the lead. CYFC were shell shocked & Dungannon continued to press them but the boys stood firm & soaked up all Dungannon could throw at them. Slowly but surely they regained their composure & started to once again control the game & it wasn’t long before Gabrysiak slid a through ball to Moore but his shot sailed over the bar. Again Gabrysiak & Moore linked up but this time it was Gabrysiak whose shot sailed over the bar to let Dungannon off the hook. Again CYFC pressed hard & Donnelly’s through ball found Levsins & his cross deflected into Gabrysiak, whose resulting shot cannoned off the Dungannon bar. CYFC continued to pile the pressure on but to no avail & Dungannon got bodies behind the ball to make it difficult to play through. Again Moore found himself in space & again he crossed only for the Dungannon keeper to save smartly from Levsins shot. Half time & CYFC were trailing having played all the football.

Second half, a formation & personnel change & CYFC were back at Dungannon, pressing them hard into their own half. Kerr’s presence up front was being felt by the Dungannon defenders & Muldoon’s constant pressing was giving them no time on the ball & after some good pressing from Muldoon the loose ball fell to Kerr who in turn fed Campbell & he struck a trademark thunderbolt from a full 20 yards into the top corner of the Dungannon net to give CYFC a much deserved equalizer. CYFC continued to press but a clearance from Dungannon landed at the feet of the Dungannon striker who was then in turn deemed to be fouled by the CYFC defense. The resulting free kick was beautifully placed by the Dungannon striker giving Wilkinson no chance & once again CYFC found themselves behind. Undeterred by this however the boys stuck to their task & continued to pass around Dungannon & after some powerful play from Kerr his shot was blocked by the Dungannon defender but the ball Bounced kindly into Gabrysiaks path & he finished smartly into the corner of the net to again draw CYFC level. An onslaught then ensued on Dungannon’s goals with Levsins, Kerr & Muldoon all having chances smothered out by the Dungannon defense. A free kick from Campbell then smashed off the bar and again Dungannon were let off the hook.  Then from a Levsins corner, McMullan powered a header goal wards but the Dungannon keeper palmed the ball out, only for Mcmullan to once again head it towards goal but again the Dungannon keeper was equal to it & Dungannon were able to clear the ball.

Again a corner to CYFC, this time Levsins played it short to Smyth & he whipped in a vicious ball only for the Dungannon defender to deflect it agonizingly over the bar. Campbell again found himself with some time & space but again the cross bar came to Dunganon’s rescue & CYFC’s despair. Then again from a CYFC attack, Dungannon’s long clearance wasn’t dealt with by the CYFC defense & only for an out rushing Wilkinson to make a last ditch save they would of taken the lead. The game was heading for penalties & a lost cause ball was chased down by Kerr who was able to kick it off the Dungannon defender to give CYFC a corner in the dying moments, Campbell then floated in a fantastic corner to the back post where the waiting Levsins met it to head the ball over the line & give CYFC the lead with only seconds to spare. Supporters & boys went wild as the referee blew up the game. A fantastic game of football where CYFC came out victorious even though they went behind twice against the run of play, a true testament to their mentality at such a young age to never give up but to also keep playing their football & take the opportunities when they present themselves.



CYFC u12’s drew with Bertie Peacocks u12’s

Last Saturday the 2008’s once again made the journey to Scroggy Road Limavady,  to face Bertie Peacocks of Coleraine in their fourth fixture of 2020 in the National League. Unveiling their fantastic new kits from Outfield Clothing and Embroiderus the young Sizzlers nearly came undone in the opening minutes when Peacock’s striker broke clear only to shoot wide with Patterson only to beat in goal.

This woke up the young blues with McElhatton going close on 4 minutes after a great guided header from Donnelly in midfield. Cookstown’s confidence and possession grew with McElhatton rasping a shot over the crossbar from 15 yards on 7 minutes. Winger Ferguson had a drive from 12 yards cleared off the line 2 minutes later. Defender Lennox then headed a fantastic Ferguson corner over the bar on 13 minutes. Three minutes later captain McKenzie tried his luck from distance with Peacock’s keeper saving well. Patterson in goal then made a great save and clearance before Donnelly forced another great save from a corner right on halftime. Cookstown kept up the high press into the second half with Ferguson forcing two good saves from a header and then a stinging shot on 27 and 30 minutes after some fantastic passing between Kelso, Donnelly and Mulgrew.  Kelso got his first shot of the game away 2 minutes later with the Peacock’s keeper having a great day between the posts. Ferguson shot inches wide on 35 minutes after breaking clear before Talbot and Wilson were both denied from close range on 40 and 45 minutes. Right at the death Peacock’s striker was thwarted by the onrushing Patterson with his follow up shot from distance slipping past the unguarded goal. A great wee game of football from both sides with a draw probably the right result in the end.

Away to Ballinamallard’s Fisher Park 3G in the NIBFA KO Cup next Saturday.

TEAM: B. Patterson, B. Lennox, E. Irwin, J. Ferson, A. McElhatton, H. Mckenzie, J. Donnelly, J. Ferguson, I. Kelso, B. Mulgrew, E. Long,  J. Wilson, C. Talbot, J. Price, J. Patterson.

CYFC u14s 8-0 Ballymoney United

On a rather chilly Saturday morning CYFC Under 14 made the journey North to take on Ballymoney United. Despite having a few weeks rest the CYFC lads started very briskly and where very impressive during the early exchanges. Some nice link up play between Speirs and Mallon saw them open their account after just 5 minutes. Ballymoney defended with great resolve, however the pace and persistent pressing from CYFC was relentless. Twenty minutes into the game saw some sparkling play from young Jack Kearney as he ripped down the left wing jinking passed a handful of defenders before drilling the ball past the keeper. CYFC extended their lead again just before the break, a beautifully floated free kick from Tom Pitts was nicely flicked on by Speirs and slotted into the net by Ben Mallon.

The second half turned out to be a very one-sided affair as the CYFC pressed Ballymoney hard in the opening minutes. Faolan McNicholl got his reward when the ball fell nicely for him just outside the box and he drilled the ball into the top of the net, leaving the Ballymoney keeper with no chance. The introduction of Wilkinson, Higgins, Neeson, Ward and Bell seemed to change the dynamic of the game a little, however it wasn’t too long before talisman Bell got a feel for the goal, bagging two in quick succession. Higgins and Mallon completed the scoring to round off a very satisfying victory for the Under 14 team as they look forward to their Cup tie against Glenavon next week (Lurgan Junior High School KO 10.00).

Team: Moran, Hawker, McElkennon, Pitts, Sheehy, McNicholl, Kearney, McGeehan, Quinn, Speirs, Mallon (C), Ward, Higgins, Bell, Neeson, Wilkinson.

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