14 Dec Match Reports – 11/12/2021
Cookstown Youth faced Annagh United on Friday night in an end to end clash that saw both teams come away with a point.
Cookstown got off to the worst possible start when a loose pass at the back allowed the Annagh striker to break through and he made no mistake to give his side the lead.
This gave Cookstown an early wake up call and despite the early blow, they settled themselves and began to play the better football. Aren Kudrenko and Luke Neeson were linking well with Jamie Kerrigan and creating the majority of Cookstown’s chances down the left hand side. James Bell worked very hard up front and was making himself difficult to deal with when his side had possession.
At half time, Cookstown changed their shape slightly to give a more attacking threat. Five minutes into the half, Jude Murphy had an impact when his free kick was saved only to be fired in by Shaun Og Shields for the equaliser. Cookstown gained confidence and again looked the more likely to score when Peter McLean had a super effort that was heading for the top corner well saved by the Annagh goalkeeper.
Ciaran Devlin and Aaron Whitten were working extremely hard in midfield and Jamie Barry was fantastic on the right hand side getting forward and causing problems. With both teams going for the win it was Annagh who took the lead with 15 minutes to go. Cookstown again picked themselves up and Darragh McHugh was reintroduced to add to the attack. With 7 minutes left Sean Devlin delivered a free kick into the box and Luke Neeson won his battle for the ball and finished well into the left side netting to the delight of all his teammates. Both sides pushed for the win and it took some great goalkeeping from Benas Keturakis and a goal line block from Jamie Barry to preserve the well earned point
Benas Keturakis, Jamie Barry, Sean Devlin
Peter McLean (c), Luke Neeson, Jamie Kerrigan, Ciaran Devlin, Aaron whitten, Aren Kudrenko, Darragh McHugh, James Bell, Shaun Og Shields, Jude Murphy