Match Reports – 11/11/23

Match Reports – 11/11/23

CYFC u10’s 5 – 0 Abbey Villa Youth u10’s

On Friday night the under 10s again travelled to Belfast to play Abbey villa youth.

Cookstown took control of the game from the start with Zac Johnston Kyle Chamber’s and jack Kirkpatrick dominating in defence allowed Jensen bell and Adam toal to have alot of the ball and creating chances for Ryan Mc’Cullagh and Luke Fearon to have a few shots on target
Ruairi kelly beat 3 players down the line to square it to Luke who took his goal well. Shortly after that Ruairi scored a well taken free kick to leave it 2-0 at the break

With Harris hill having little to do Cookstown continued to put the pressure on Abbey when Luke Fearon rattled the crossbar for Ryan Mc’Cullagh to finish it off.
Ryan then took a smart corner to ruairi kelly who finished well from a distance. With a few minutes to go Adam toal scored a brilliant goal from 20 yards to finish the game 5-0

Very good performance from this young Cookstown team.

MOTM: Ruairi kelly

Squad: Harris Hill, Zac Johnston, Jack Kirkpatrick, Kyle Chamber’s, Jenson Bell, Adam toal, Ruairi kelly, Ryan Mc’Cullagh, Luke Fearon

CYFC u18’s 0 – 3 Limavady

Last Friday evening the Whites travelled to Scroggy Road 3G to face second placed Limavady in a National League fixture.

With player unavailability, injury and one eye on the u17’s NIBFA Cup game the next day manager Nigel Donnelly rang the changes from the previous draw against Oxford.
Barry and Kudrenko moved to full back and Og Shields and McKnight played on the wings with the injured Murphy returning to his striker role after a 3 week lay off to an ankle injury against Moyola. One of the biggest pitches in the country once again proved to be a real obstacle to a travelling Cookstown side as Limavady dominated possession and early chances with their movement and patterns of play. But from a set play Cookstown should really have taken the early lead when Og Shields under hit a great chance from 15 yards straight to the Limavady keeper.

A misplaced pass/clearance from a Cookstown midfielder 5 minutes later inadvertently played in the Limavady forward who drove home past keeper Gordon on 10 minutes to take the lead. Cookstown huffed and puffed in midfield with Whitten, McLean and Keturakis working really hard but couldn’t really get a foothold in the game to create any real chances in the final third. Ketruakis and Burton switched positions to try and change things up leaving a back four of Barry, McKenzie, Ketruakis and Kudrenko.
Limavady continued their possession and counter attacking game and eventually were rewarded with a second from a strike from the edge which struck the inside of the post past Gordon just before halftime.

Much the same in the second half with Limavady dominating on the back of their 2 goal lead. Burns and Donnelly were quickly introduced to try and create chances in the final third and set pieces with McLean pushed forward from midfield. A quick short corner between the two subs nearly opened the door when a headed chance tested the home keeper. Whitten then had to be replaced after suffering an injury. But a second misplaced pass in the game with 10 minutes remaining led to Limavady’s third when the attacker raced in and dinked the on rushing Gordon.

Cookstown fought right to the end but once again were undone by this massive pitch and a couple of errors against a really good and well drilled Limavady side.

Squad: E. Gordon, J. Barry, H. McKenzie, J. Burton, A. Kudrenko, J. McKnight, A. Whitten, B. Keturakis, S. Og Shields, P. McLean, J. Murphy, J. Donnelly, R. Burns.