22/09/18 – CYFC Match Reports

22/09/18 – CYFC Match Reports

CYFC U10s defeated Glenavon Academy

Saturday had the young sizzlers pitched against Glenavon Academy in their home turf at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena. The game kicked off with CYFC under a little pressure & trying hard to get into their passing game, however a lovely through ball from Campbell on the half way line saw Gabrysiak beat 2 defenders to put in a lovely low cross to Campbell who had continued his run into the Glenavon box & he slotted the ball into the Glenavon net. CYFC had their tails up & after a good cross from Levsins on the left Moore popped up near post to chip the ball beautifully over the Glenavon keepers head to double their lead. Concentration was lacking from the restart & the Glenavon winger beat 3 CYFC players on the left to put in a looping ball which had Wilkinson stranded in the CYFC goals to pull one back for Glenavon. CYFC were under a little pressure with Glenavon pushing for the equaliser but the defence of Smyth, Mcmullan & Donnelly stood firm with Ortzel in midfield covering his defence superbly & once again CYFC hit Glenavon on the break with Levsins hitting the top of the bar after breaking from midfield & beating the Glenavon defence with a trade mark mazy run.

The second half started with CYFC once again loosing concentration & giving away a corner which saw Glenavon grab the equaliser with only a few minutes gone. CYFC heads dropped for a few minutes & Wilkinson in the CYFC goals had to pull off a few fine saves to keep the score level. CYFC then exploited the space in behind the Glenavon defence with their smart passing & movement & Campbell was picked out on the right by Ortzel, & crossed the ball straight Gabrysiak who made make no mistake & planted the ball into the Glenavon net. Tails up & full of confidence CYFC continued their own pressure on Glenavon with Gabrysiak leading from the front, pressing their defence & making them panic. Gabrysiak got another after some good pressing made the Glenavon defence misplace a pass & he once again pounced on the ball & powered his shot neatly into the corner of the net. Continued pressure from CYFC resulted in a corner & from that corner the smallest man on the pitch, Levsins rose above his marker & powered his header into the back of the net. CYFC once again piled on the pressure & a clearance from Glenavon fell to the feet of Campbell who blasted the ball from all of 20yards into the back of the Glenavon net. Glenavon, then applied a bit of their own pressure & a looping shot deflected off a CYFC defender to put the ball into a terrible spin which then bounced off the CYFC bar & back against the outstretched Wilkinson & rolled over the line to give Glenavon a consolation goal. Undeterred by this CYFC had one more attack & once again the ball fell to the inform Gabrysiak who calmly passed the ball into the back of Glenavon net  & completing his hat trick. Ward also had a chance late in the game but his resulting shot was smothered by the Glenavon defenders.

A superb performance all round from these young lads who although a year younger than their opponents showed no fear, talent & teamwork & got their rewards from some fantastic football.

Team: Wilkinson, Smyth, Mcmullan, Donnelly, Ortzel, Moore, Campbell (c), Levsins, Gabrysiak, Mcgurk, Ward.  MOM –Gabrysiak.

CYFC u11s were defeated by Lurgan Celtic

Cookstown went into this game in fine form having won there opening 3 games of the season but it was clear from the start that thery were not going to have it all there own way. Both teams started on the front foot and was a great advert for the mid ulster youth league with some great football being played by both teams. Lurgan celtic created two chances in quick sucession forcing Benjamin Patterson to make two brilliant saves an keep the score at 0-0 an at the other end cookstown went close through Isaac Kelso an Luca Oneill. It was however Lurgan who drew first blood with a fine finish from the striker just inside the box to leave the score 0-1 at halftime.

At the start of the second half cyfc were pushing for the equaliser but the lurgan defence were standing strong .Aidan Mcelhatton did have the ball in the net but he was just offside an Jake Donnelly had a chance with the goalkeeper making the save. It was all Cyfc and Isaac Kelso made it 1-1 after he nipped in between the goalkeeper an the defender to nod the ball into the net. The Lurgan boys took the leed again with a rare attack an some casual defending from the Cyfc defence an then 2mins later they made it 1-3 with a great free kick 25 yards out. Cookstown continued to dominate and they were playing some great attacking football but could just not find the back of the net , Jay wilson made it 2-3 with a cool finish after some great passing form the cookstown boys, an with just 5 mins left the cyfc boys were pushing an putting the Lurgan boys under alot of pressure , Wilson an Kelso had two chances at the end but with alot of bodies in the box they just couldnt force the ball into the net to leave the score 2-3 at the final whistle. The young cyfc lads can all be very proud of there performances but on reflection will be regretting the missed chances which on another day they would of scored..well done boys!

Team: B Patterson, J Patterson , E Irwin , J Price , H Mckenzie , I Kelso , C Talbot , J Donnelly , J Wilson , B Mulgrew , A Mcelhatton , E Long ,L Oneill

CYFC u13 Colts 2-2 Annagh 

CYFC u13 colts continued their league campaign on Saturday with a hard fought draw at home to Annagh United.

In a game which saw both teams create chances it was the away side who struck first after 20 minutes. With Cookstown behind they began to pass the ball much better and were unlucky not to equalise when Ciaran Devlin rattled the crossbar from 25 yards. The home side kept battling and were rewarded just before half time when they broke forward quickly down the left wing. Jude Murphy held the ball up for Jake Ballantine who slipped a great pass in behind for Marcus Boyd to finish well.

After the break Cookstown came out looking for the lead. Shaun Og Shields was torturing the left back with his skill and put in a great, low cross which Cookstown should have scored from. The back line of Dylan Hamilton, Scott Gillis, Sean Devlin and Ryan Eccles were all working hard and had to be solid. Annagh took the lead however when Cookstown conceded a penalty following a poor challenge. Michael Devlin was introduced to add to Cookstown’s attack. The midfield pair of Ciaran Devlin and Ryan Huey were putting in a huge effort and it was Devlin who went on a dazzling run, winning a penalty for his side after being taken out in the box. Shaun Og Shields blasted the penalty in to level the game again. With Cookstown pushing for the winner, Annagh went forward on the break but the onrushing Ethan Gordon was quick off his line to preserve the draw in what was an exciting, end to end game.

Cookstown travel to face Armagh next week in what will be another tough league game.

Team: Ethan Gordon, Dylan Hamilton, Scott Gillis, Sean Devlin, Ryan Eccles (c), Shaun Og Shields, Ryan Huey, Ciaran Devlin, Jake Ballantine, Jude Murphy, Marcus Boyd, Michael Devlin

CYFC u13 Youth 14-0 RBL u13

Saturday saw the much awaited Cookstown derby between CYFC Youth and RBL. The CYFC lads started much the brighter of the two teams with some piercing attacks down both flanks. The first goal came after a scramble in the RBL box the central defender Tom Pitts managed to knock the ball into the back of the net. The lead was extended within a few minutes with a well timed cross from James Bell slotted home by Chris Ward. Bell was soon on the score sheet himself after Tom Wilkinson knocked in a high ball from the right wing. This seemed to spur the talisman on as he capitalised on a solo run to knock the ball neatly into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Jack Kearney added to the tally with a beautiful volley into the top right hand corner.

The second half saw the introduction of Peter McClean which seemed to give the CYFC team an extra edge. The CYFC lads played some outstanding football and where too much to handle for RBL. The pick of the goals was from young McLean as he danced through the midfield, beating multiple defenders with some magical footwork and drilling home a shot from 18 yards into the roof of the net. This was a satisfying performance for the CYFC lads and they look forward to taking on Lurgan Celtic at MUSA next week.

Team: Jack McClure, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Pitts (c), Conall Sheehy, Charlie Hawker, Peter MCClean, Vance McKeown, Jamie Kerrigan, Jack Kearney, Luke Neeson, Chris Ward, James Bell.  

CYFC Colts 1-0 Brantwood Reserves 

Last Saturday the Colts were back in BPIL Junior 1 league action against Brantwood Reserves at MUSA after a very disappointing result in the Irish Junior cup last week.

This would be a tough match against a team that finished third in Jr 1 last season and with a long list of unavailable players added with a few late withdrawals the resources were low.

The Colts hit Brantwood from the off and two early corners saw Ryan O’Neal have his shots blocked and cleared off the line.

Both teams had plenty of play throughout the first half. The Brantwood striker met a cross and fired one towards goal only for Jamie Campbell to pull off a wonderful save to his left.

A long ball over the top was met by William Montgomery who lobbed the keeper only for it to be ruled offside. A couple of minute later a lovely flick by Kyle Devlin found Montgomery who fired home, but once again was adjudged to be offside. Campbell was called on again and blocked the incoming shot. All even at halftime with the Colts having the better half.

The Colts started where they had left off and move down the left involving Cameron McMullan, Kyle McMullan and Montgomery saw the cross met by O’Neill who turned inside and slotted home to put the Colts 1-0 up. Again the second half was a well contested affair in the midfield with Ross McKenzie and Fernado De Silva making their presence felt throughout the game. An O’Neil header was net by Montgomery which hit the outside of the post. With a ridicules 11 minutes added on Brantwood threw everything they had in the final minutes with the back four or Dean Biggar, David Millar, Rian Mullan and C McMullan holding firm to see it out for a great win for the Colts.

Manager Noel McKenzie said it was a great result for the Colts. A fantastic performance following on from last week’s disappointment. I asked for some commitment and passion today and I got it in abundance. Next week the colts play FC Whiteabbey at home which they hope to build on this result with another win.

Team: J Campbell, D Biggar, D Millar, R Mullan. C McMullan, K Devlin, R McKenzie, F De Silva, K McMullan, R O’Neill, W Montgomery. C Benoun, J Scott, N McKenzie.

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