5 Of The Best For The U17s

5 Of The Best For The U17s

CYFC u12’s 3 Ballinamallard Youth 2

Last Saturday the 2008’s made the long trip to Ferney Park to face Ballinamallard in the second round of the NIBFA KO Cup.

The long trip, late kick off time and nerves all got the better of the young Sizzlers in the opening minutes of the game when Ballinamallard roared into an early lead on 2 minutes. Ballinamallard continued to control proceedings in midfield after their early lead with Patterson, Lennox, Irwin and Ferson working really hard in defence to stem the Mallard pressure. Cookstown were limited to attempts from distance from Mulgrew on 8 minutes and Ferson on 11 minutes before the Mallards doubled their deserved lead on 15 minutes. Just before halftime Kelso sliced a shot wide from just outside the penalty box.

After a few stern words from the coaches at the break, a revitalised Cookstown got back into the game after a fantastic free kick from Donnelly nestled in the top corner of the net on 29 minutes. It was game on as the Whites threw caution to the wind and went for the equaliser. A fantastic cross from Ferguson from the left 5 minutes later was bravely met in the box by Wilson who headed homewards only to be clattered by the onrushing Mallard keeper. Captain McKenzie then beat 2 defenders before slicing his effort inches wide 2 minutes later. Ballinamallard were stunned as Cookstown’s confidence grew and grew. Patterson was then forced into a stunning save on 43 minutes before match winner Ferguson slotted home a right footed effort through a melee of players in the box and past the hapless Mallard keeper on 47 minutes. Right at the death Ballinamallard were awarded a free 25 yards out only to drive over the bar to the relief of all the travelling players, coaches and magnificent supporters as Cookstown once again overturned a 2 goal deficit and come out victors. A quarterfinal against Hillsborough Boys now awaits.

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

CYFC u14 Youth 1-3 Glenavon

On Saturday the under 14 team travelled to Lurgan Junior High School to take on Glenavon in the League Cup. The blustery conditions crated difficulties for both teams in the early exchanges with the CYFC lads pressing hard to try and get the opener. Some nice link up play in the middle of the park did provide some opportunities from Mallon and Speirs, however the clinical finish was just lacking. Glenavon did look dangerous on the counter attack with some pace down the wings that required the defensive line up of Sheehy, Pitts, McElkennon and Hawker into action. Glenavon did go close to opening their account at the stroke of half time, however they were denied by the acrobatic save from young Moran.

The second half saw both teams push for the opening goal and it was CYFC who created the early opportunities. Charlie Hawker made a blistering run down the left wing, taking on multiple Glenavon players only to be fouled in the box leaving the refereee with no option but to award a penalty. The spot kick was slotted away with ease by star striker Ben Mallon. The goal seemed to spark Glenavon into action, within 2 minutes of the restart they opened up the CYFC defence and equalised with ease. Three minutes later Glenavon were awarded a corner which was dispatched into the back of the net by Harry Bownes. Manager Kelly did make a number of substitutions bringing on McGeehan, Ward, McKeown and Neeson. Despite the fresh legs it was Glenavon that looked the stronger and scored a third which effectively sealed the tie. A rather disappointing result for the CYFC team who had been on a crest of a wave over recent months.

Team: Moran, Hawker, McElkennon, Pitts, Sheehy, Wilkinson, Quinn, McNicholl, McClean, Mallon (c), Speirs, Ward, Bell, Neeson, McGeehan, McKeown.

CYFC u17s 5-1 Dunnaman Youth

Cookstown Youth U17’s travelled to Gordon Playing Fields; Lurgan to play Dunnaman Youth on Saturday. Cookstown started brightly and were immediately creating chances, with five minutes played Cookstown took the lead when a great run down the left flank by Aidan Devlin drew in two defenders, he cut back on his right foot laying the ball off to Brandon Hamilton whose fierce shot was too strong for the keeper. Cookstown couldn’t capitalize on their early dominance and were drawn into a scrappy game. It took to the thirtieth minute before they increased their lead when Hamilton turned provider this time, playing in Jamie Smith his superb finish giving the keeper no chance.

Cookstown scored twice inside the first five minutes of the second half, the first a neat finish from Gareth Cahoon, the next a close range volley from Callum Davidson. Jamie Smith scored the fifth midway through the second half. In the final minutes Dunnaman scored a consolation goal denying Cookstown a clean sheet. A good result for Cookstown and something to continue to build on for the rest of the season.

Team: A.Taylor, A. Devlin, C.Ballentine, R.Campbell, T.Davidson, G.Cahoon, C.Davidson, J.Martin, B.Hamilton, O.McAleer, J.Smith, D.Crockett, N.Hailing, R.Lennox, J.Clarke, R.O’Gara

CYFC Colts 6-0 St James III

Last Saturday the Colts were in cup action entertained St. James Swifts III at MUSA.

The Colts started the game at a great pace and went one up within 2 minutes when a Drew Kelly cross was turned into the net by a St. James defender. Five minutes later Piotr Gabrysiak done some great work on the right releasing Caleb Robb who fired home from inside the box. Gabrysiak found himself on a one to one with the James keeper pulling of a great save before Jamie Campbell was called into action in the Home end. On 20 minutes Gabrysiak once again went down the right who’s cross found Fernando Silva who cushioned the ball tom Paul Stewart who fired home the Colts third. The Colts kept the pressure on and chances fell to Stewart, Kelly, Phil McGarvey and Silva but the St. James keeper pulled off some fantastic saves to keep the Colts at bay.

The Second half continued with the Colts in command but still unable to further their goal tally for the first half hour. St. James did put some pressure on the Colts but the back four of Gary Adams, Matthew  Brown, Rian Mullan and Cameron McMullan dealt with it all comfortably. A debut for Sean Monaghan replacing Brown, Kyle McMullan replaced Silva and Gary Hodgett replaced C McMullan. In the last 15 minutes the Colts added three more through Stewart (Gabrysiak), Gabrysiak (Stewart) and Kelly to leave the final score 6-0

Manager Noel McKenzie said it was a great display today, a good cup result to take the minds of the recent couple of league results. Head Coach Michael Leek added that our boys were excellent today with some of the passing and movement today being exceptional.

Team: J Campbell, M Brown, R Mullan, G Adams, C McMullan, C Robb, P McGarvey (C), P Gabrysiak, F Silva, P Stewart, D Kelly. K McMullan, G Hodgett, B Leek, C McGonigle, S Monaghan.

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