Match Reports – 15/01/22

Match Reports – 15/01/22

CYFC (2010’s) 2 – 1 CYFC COLTS (2011’s)

A very entertaining game sprung immediately into action as the Colts were awarded a penalty within the first two minutes of the match. The Colts number 10, Matthew Ward, stepped up and calmly dispatched into the bottom left hand corner. This left the 2010’s reeling and they were under the cosh once again as the Colts came straight back up the pitch looking for their second goal. Heroic goalkeeping from Ruairi O’Hagan kept them at bay, twice denying Ethan Montgomery who was wreaking havoc up top. Youth were struggling to create any clear cut chances and failed to break the offside trap on several occasions in the first half and on the rare occasion they did, the Colts sweeper keeper, Riley Watters was on hand to deal with any danger. The equaliser eventually came when a lovely through ball from Matthew Compton set Adam Mc Aleer through, only for him to be brought down in the box and another penalty was awarded. Up stepped Orann Timoney to drill the ball home. Teams went in at the interval level.
Second half was as hectic as the first but the 2010 lads gave a far better account of themselves, trying not to let the Colts dominate in midfield as much as they had already done in first. The third goal of the game came when a one-two between Mc Cabe and Keane saw the latter play a sublime pass, over the top for Timoney, who rounded the outrushing goalkeeper and slotted home. Straight from the resulting kick off, the Colts went hunting for the equaliser. The game was becoming more and more frantic but credit to the referee for the day, Mark O’Neill, for keeping up with the pace of the game whilst also letting it flow. Colts peppered the Youth goal in search for that equaliser but to no avail as their keeper and defence dug in to see the game out. Great game of football.
“Great match and advert for CYFC with no inch giving on the pitch, fine margins but overall delighted with the performance of our young lads” Stephen Ward (Colts Manager)
“We got off to the worst possible start but credit to the lads for not dropping the heads. Credit to the young Colts, they came at us from the first whistle and never let up. A few outstanding individual performances on the day got us the result but we were hanging on at the end and were glad to hear the final whistle.” Ryan Martin (Youth Manager)
Ruairi O’Hagan • Andrew Keane • Tyler Rogers • Aodhan Loughran • James Corrigan • Shea Conway • Adam Mc Aleer • Hayden Martin • Orann Timoney • Joshua Mc Cabe • Kori Halligan • Matthew Compton • Calum Walshe 
Riley Watters • Ethan Mc Elhatton • Rory Rushe • Riley Cooke • Jonathan Jeffers • Jake Mulligan • Tommy O’Hare • Ethan Montgomery • Matthew Ward • Tiernan Gormley • Harry Jordan • Cathal Mc Keever

CYFC u14’s 7-0 Larne Youth

Last Saturday the 2008’s faced Larne Youth for the second consecutive week, in a league fixture at Allen Park in Antrim. After a dramatic 7-4 extra time victory in the NIBFA KO Cup the previous Saturday at MUSA, both coaches and players were hopeful of a similar outcome and a second victory in NIBFA Section B after the December reset. The young Sizzlers got off to a flying start with forward McCrory sliding home the opener on 10 minutes. Larne came more into the game with a couple of long range efforts on Patterson’s goal before Mulgrew doubled Cookstown’s lead with a superb finish on 20 minutes. Cookstown were in control with McKenzie and Donnelly marshalling midfield with good supporting work from fullbacks Ferson and Price and steady work from centre halves Irwin and Long.
Talbot and Russo then came on for McElhatton and Ferson to freshen the team up.Into the second half Larne started the better with keeper Patterson pulling off two fantastic saves from the Larne forwards to keep the young Sizzlers ahead. A 30 yard free kick from defender Long on 50 minutes just under the crossbar settled the game as a contest as Cookstown tightened their grip on the contest. McCrory doubled his tally after snaffling up a Larne keeper error 3 minutes later before striker Kelso plundered his first of the game to make it 5. Defender Patterson replaced Price at full back.
Mulgrew doubled his account with another good finish before Kelso put Cookstown in Seven Heaven with the final goal of the game to secure all three points. Tristar at home in the KO Cup next Saturday.
TEAM: B. Patterson, J. Ferson, E. Irwin, E. Long, J. Price, A. McElhatton, J. Donnelly, H. McKenzie, B. Mulgrew, C. McCrory, I. Kelso, C. Talbot, G. Russo, J. Patterson.

CYFC u16S 2-0 Oxford Sunnyside

Cookstown travelled to Lurgan on Friday night to play Oxford Sunnyside in the league, hoping to bounce back after a disappointing run of results.

With a depleted squad Cookstown started the game brightly and aimed to put pressure on the home side early on. Both sides tried to go forward at every opportunity in a very end to end opening to the game. On 21 minutes it was Oxford who took the lead after they broke down the right hand side when Cookstown failed to clear the ball. Cookstown kept battling hard and showed a good attitude to keep going. Jamie Barry and Shaun og Shields looked dangerous on both wings and were using their pace to trouble Oxford. James Bell and the hard working Darragh McHugh were working well together to get in behind the back line but Cookstown weren’t able to create a clear cut chance. The back line of Luke Neeson, Peter McLean and Leon Martin were dealing with Oxford’s long balls but on the half hour mark a sloppy tackle gave the home side the chance to double their lead with a penalty.

The second half saw Cookstown get the ball down in midfield a bit more and with this, they created the better chances of the game. Jamie Kerrigan and Ciaran Devlin were fighting for every ball and using their creativity to try break Oxford down. James Bell was unlucky not to score after seeing a couple of efforts on goal saved, while Jamie Kerrigan also had shots from outside the area. Cookstown reintroduced Aaron Whitten and his pace caused trouble, getting him into good areas. He had an effort hid the side netting and also was unlucky not score when cross came flashing across the goal. Sunnyside were still pushing and hit the post from long range. Benas Keturakis was also tested when a long ball made its way in behind but he was quick off his line to make a perfectly timed tackle on the edge of his box to keep his side in it. Cookstown kept working hard but Sunnyside held out for the 2-0 win in what was a very even and entertaining game.

Team: Ethan Gordon, Luke Neeson, Peter McLean (c), Leon Martin, Jamie Barry, Aaron Whitten, Ciaran Devlin, Jamie Kerrigan, Shaun Og Shields, Darragh McHugh, James Bell, Sean Devlin, Benas Keturakis

CYFC u18s 5-3 Phoenix Athletic

Great fast start to the game pressing the visitors and creating multiple chances. Eventually Calum Murphy opened the scoring with a cool finish from the edge of the box.

Composed play from from cookstowns defence was allowing a platform to build chance after chance.
A great team move with the ball moving from the back line to midfield and a perfect through ball down the left by Kristian Levinson found Maciej Orzel who fired a square ball across the 6 yard box for Jordan Young to finish well.
Cookstown continued to dominate the ball but this led to complacency and the defence was caught the wrong side of the opposition forwards and this led to 2 quick goals to make the score 2 all. The referee then awarded the visitors a dubious penalty for hand ball. This left cookstown 3….2 down going in at halftime, this was not what home team deserved.

They didn’t let this get them down and Cookstown came out in the second half on the front foot again. Good work from Orzel again seen him beat his man and finish with a great strike.
Cookstown continued to create multiple chances but wasted these, failing to capitalise and take the lead they deserved.

It looked like these wasted chances were going to cost cookstown the win, but with 5 mins to go their pressure told and the referee awarded the home team a penalty for a foul in the box. Calum Murphy stepped up to calmly slot the spot kick.

Cookstown continued to press and the next ball found Jack Hill-Nicholl in space on the left and he drove into the box and fired the ball into the roof of the next to secure the points for the home team. A much deserved win and reward for the improved work the team had done over the past weeks.

Team: Michael Sheehy ,Ben McAdoo, Ewan Cowden ,Stefan Donnelly ,Charlie Hawker ,Kyle McLean ,Kevin Taylor ,Kristian Levison (C) ,Calum Murphy ,Jordan Young ,Maciej Orzel ,Charlie whitten ,Jack Hill-Nicholl ,Mathew larmour ,Paddy Kelly ,Jamie shepard