27/10/18 – CYFC Match Reports

27/10/18 – CYFC Match Reports

CYFC u10s defeated by Don Bosco 

After their defeat last week to Carninny in the NIBFA cup the U10s had the opportunity to progress in the NIBFA shield competition. Their opponents this week were Don Bosco FC from Londonderry. Both the coaches & the team were very optimistic going into the game as although the previous games had ended in defeat, the football, commitment & determination of the team has been improving every week. The weather on Saturday was the worst CYFC had ever played in, 4° with sleet & snow pelting down on both teams making it very difficult playing conditions indeed. CYFC started in their usual manner, on the front foot & working Ortzel & Campbell hard in midfield to close down the Don Bosco forwards, but it was Don Bosco who had the first chance from a corner which was cleared by Donnelly in defence but the ball fell to the feet of the Don Bosco midfielder who smashed the ball against the post to let CYFC off the hook. With no let up in the poor weather both teams were struggling to get a hold of the ball, then from a neat pass from Campbell, Moore was through on goal only to drag his shot just wide of the post. This gave CYFC a little confidence & Gabrysiak & Levsins combined well to create some space but the resulting shot was easily collected by the Don Bosco Keeper.  This game was very tight & both keepers found themselves with very little to do in the first half with both teams battling hard all over the pitch & individual battles between them. First half ended scoreless with both teams cancelling each other out.

The 2nd half started with another sleet shower & both teams were not only battling against each other but also the cold. Again the midfield battle resumed with neither team gaining the upper hand but Don Bosco were finding a little more of the ball & CYFC defending for their lives & hitting their opposition on the break. Moore was giving the Don Bosco defender nightmares & was beating him every time for speed & trickery & only for some last ditch defending from Don Bosco Gabrysiak & Levsins would have had easy tap ins. With the game having only 5 mins left & looking more likely to go to penalties, Don Bosco had a series of corners & only for some superb defending by Mcgurk in defence by clearing the ball off the line they would have opened the scoring. Don Bosco smelt blood & penned CYFC deep into their own half, but Mcgurk, Smyth, Kerr, Mcmullan & Donnelly all stood firm & kept them at bay along with Wilkinson in the CYFC goals, with Kerr in particular taking no prisoners on his return from injury. Then after a sliced clearance by CYFC, Don Bosco got yet another corner, from which their tall defender smashed into the CYFC net from close range. This was devastating for CYFC who had put hear & soul into the game, but they picked themselves up & went straight back at their opposition from the restart. Levsins saw his shot cleared off the line & then from the resulting corner Ortzel saw his shot hit the post & go out. CYFC with seconds remaining once again found some space & Levsins & Gabrysiak combined smartly on the left, Gabrysiak crossed into Moore who, on his weaker side was only able to direct the ball towards the Don Bosco goals but unfortunately the ball went straight into the keeper’s hands.

The game then ended with Don Bosco Victorious, However CYFC can be very Proud of their performance, in Baltic conditions against a team with a year’s more experience, they really showed their worth & talent. Also their supporters encouraging from the sidelines were very much appreciated!

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

MOM: Kerr.

CYFC u11s deafeated by Hillsborough Boys 

Cookstown travelled to Lisburn on sat to play Hillsborough boys in the 3rd round of the NIBFA cup and will look back on this game as a missed oportunity to progress to the last 16 of this competition. The cyfc boys started the game very slowly an it was the Hillsborough boys who looked like they wanted it more , cyfc were off the pace a bit and started to sit deep an invite the pressure . A Mcelhatton an Jay Wilson did combine well down the right which left wilson clear on goal but he hurried the shot an the gk made the save. Edward Irwin was having a fine game at the heart of the defence and was dealing quite well with everything the opposition was throwing at them .Then on the 20th minute the Hillsborough striker got in between the two defenders an slide the ball under the uncoming Benjamin Patterson to leave the cookstown boys 1 down at half time.

The cyfc boys came out the 2nd half like a new team and started imediately on the front foot pressing the opposition back into there own half and trying to force the breakthrough .Aidan Mcelhatton had a great chance to level the scores 1 on 1 with the keeper but just dragged his shot past the post but ot was all cookstown an Hillsborough were rattled. Then Benjamin patterson made a great save to keep cookstown in the game. It was end to end stuff an cyfc lost the ball in midfield an the attacker took full advantage with a great finish high in the net. Cyfc continued to push and the gk made saves from Donnelly an Wilson but Isaac Kelso latched onto a loose ball an finished high into the net . cyfc continued to pile on the pressure but in the end just ran out of time an will look back on this as being a game of two halfs and something to learn from as they continue to develope hard luck boys and good luck to Hillsborough in the last 16 of the NI cup.

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

CYFC u13 Colts 6-2 St. Mary’s u13s

Cookstown were back to league action against St. Mary’s this week after a disappointing result last week in the NI Cup.

On a cold morning Cookstown started slower and were punished for a poor start when the home side took the lead after the striker met a long ball and finished well. The Colts settled themselves and were unlucky not to equalise with Jude Murphy and Shaun Og Shields going close. With Cookstown now moving the ball quicker they got the leveller before the break when Callum McCreesh found Ciaran Devlin who rifled the ball into the roof of the net. Cookstown took the lead when a good move saw Ryan Eccles find Ben McCormack who played a super pass to Callum McCreesh who finished well.

One minute into the second half Callum McCreesh found space wide and his good cross was knocked in by a St Mary’s defender. A momentary lapse in concentration saw the home side pull one back despite Shayne Ferrity’s best effort to clear it off the line. Cookstown kept piling on the pressure before Ciaran Devlin finished well for his second and Jake Ballantine got his first goal of the season after some good play between Marcus Boyd and Callum McCreesh. The back line were coping well with any St Mary’s attack with Dylan Hamilton and Scott Gillis having very solid games. The Colts wrapped up the scoring when a brilliant pass from Jude Murphy played Shaun Og Shields in who placed the ball into the bottom corner.


CYFC u16s 8-0 Loughgall u16s

Cookstown Youth U16’s entertained Loughgall in the Mid Ulster Youth League at MUSA on Saturday. Cookstown were determined to get off to a good start and were immediately on the front foot, putting the away team under early pressure. Cookstown opened the scoring after five minutes when a corner taken by Callum Davidson was cleared by the Loughgall defence; Davidson intercepted the clearance and fired home into the top corner of the net. Good play down the right found Jack Martin in space whose cross into the box was met by Davidson who scored his second. With the strong Cookstown defence of A.Devlin, C.Ballentine, R.Campbell, T.Davidson and R.Lennox on top, the home team pushed forward and scored a fourth after fifteen minutes through Jake Donnelly from just outside the penalty area. Mattie Ekiert and Daniel Barfoot scored next to make it six at half-time.  The second half was played at a slower pace but Cookstown kept up the scoring with a second for Donnelly and a well taken strike from Jamie Smith who chipped over the keeper.

Team: A.Taylor, A. Devlin, C.Ballentine, T.Davidson, G.Cahoon, D.Barfoot, C.Davidson, J.Donnelly, M.Ekiert, J.Smith, N.Hailing, J.Martin, R.Campbell, R.Lennox

Cookstown RBL 0-2 Cookstown Youth FC 1st 

Cookstown youth took all the points in this tightly contested local derby match up with two 2nd half goals settling this tie.

The home side had plenty of the ball in the opening 15 minutes but could not find a way through the CYFC back line, Scott looked to be a real danger man for the youth on the right wing but his final ball was poor into the box and the RBL keeper was not troubled. On 25 minutes a mistake in the Youth back line let in the RBL forward but his effort was wide. As the half progressed the Youth started to get more on top and a good move down the left saw Wilson drive into the box wit the RBL defence doing really well to block his shot. The from a Keane free kick Watson was just unable to get anything on the cross when well-placed and the half time score stayed 0-0.

The Youth started the 2nd half strong and a good run and cross from Arrell found Rafferty but his header was well saved. Rafferty then had another shot saved before the RBL countered with this time Youth keeper Donaghy pulling of a great save to keep the score level. On 55 minutes the Youth brought on  playmaker McGahan for Leslie and it was the youth playmaker that made an immediate impact when from a free kick out on the right wing was curing into the box it looked to go straight into the goal for 1-0. It was all CYFC now and Rafferty again had a goal bound shot well save by the home keeper, but from the resulting corner the youth were 2-0 when Adam Keane headed home unmarked from 6 yards out. in the final 15 minutes the youth brought on, O’Neill and Stewart for Scott and Watson and again McGahan looked to be the danger man making the RBL keeper pull of another good save. With only 5 minutes to go a poor tackle from an RBL player on Arrell resulted in a me lay from both teams and once the ref had all calmed down he give the RBL player a yellow card and red card to a Youth player. Even with the extra man now the home team were a tad toothless up front and never really troubled the Youth goal and the 3 points went to the CYFC.

Team: L Donaghy, J Turkington, J Wilson, A Keane, A Watson, R Brown, J Leslie, J McKenna, K Scott, S Arrell, C Rafferty, P Stewart, R O’Neill, A Bell, J McGahan,


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