28/09/18 – CYFC Match Reports

28/09/18 – CYFC Match Reports

MOYOLA 2009’s Tournament 29/09/18

Sunday saw CYFC 2009’s take the short trip to Castledawson to take part in Moyola Park 2009 tournament. With 2 teams entered the coaches & kids were in for a good afternoon of football however the weather would play a part with wind & rain battering the kids as they warmed up!


CYFC started very slowly with TOTH on top in the opening moments & only for a last ditch tackle from Donnelly they would have opened the scoring. CYFC were not at their best & the step down to 7 aside, smaller pitches & no offside’s just didn’t suit them at all & they couldn’t get into their usual passing game. TOTH capitalised on this when a long ball over the top caught out the CYFC defence & TOTH took their opportunity & fired past Wilkinson in CYFC’s goals. TOTH smelt blood & continued to force CYFC into their own half & again a long ball over the top wasn’t cleared & the oncoming TOTH Celtic player volleyed it into the back of the net. CYFC then had a chance of their own when Moore went close with a shot but the game was soon over with TOTH Celtic victorious.

CYFC V Antrim Rovers

CYFC started much brighter in this game & straight from the off Moore went close with a super run & shot which was well saved by the Antrim Keeper. CYFC started trying to pass the ball but still couldn’t get into their rhythm however they still battled on & the breakthrough came through Gabrysiak who took on 2 defenders & fired hard & low past the Antrim keeper. Antrim took this as a wakeup call & they pressed CYFC into their own half but good work from Campbell, Levsins & Ortzel along with Donnelly kept them at bay & the game ended with CYFC’s first win.

CYFC V East Coast Strikers

CYFC had finally found their rhythm & started very brightly in this game with Levsins, Gabrysiak & Moore all having chances early on but the break through came when a half cleared corner by East Coast fell to the feet of Donnelly who fired a screamer of a shot past the East Coast Keeper. CYFC now turned the screw on their opponents & Campbell went close with a trademark powerful free kick which had the East Coast keeper pull off a brilliant save to keep the ball out of the net. Then out of nothing East coast broke through & they had left a man high up the pitch & he controlled the ball & poked it past the stranded Wilkinson in CYFC goals. With time running out & CYFC needing to win the match to finish 2nd in their group the game opened up &  both teams had chances to score but in the end a beautiful through ball from Mcmullan found Gabrysiak in space & he easily beat the east coast defender to blast the ball into the East Coast net. CYFC then finished 2nd in their group putting them into the 2nd place semi-final

CYFC V Carryduff ladies.

With the sun eventually coming out & spirits high CYFC started this game very brightly & had Carryduff on the ropes very early on. Moore opened the scoring when he was put through by Campbell & he calmly passed the ball into the net. Straight from the restart Gabrysiak pounced on a loose ball & he made no mistake by powering his shot high into the corner of the net. Buzzing from this start CYFC continued to pile on the pressure & after some last ditch defending from Carryduff Donnelly ran on to a loose ball & he blasted the ball into the back of the net to get his 2nd of the tournament. CYFC were comfortable in defence & Donnelly & Mcgurk snuffed out any attack Carry duff mounted & the last kick of the game ended with Moore having his shot sail narrowly wide of the Carryduff post. CYFC progressed to the final.


CYFC started this game as they had the previous, Pressing Castle back into their own half & the first chance fell to Moore who had his shot just go wide of the post. Castle then had their own chance but again Mcgurk & Donnelly along with Campbell stopped the attack in its tracks, Campbell then found himself with the ball & he slid a perfect through ball splitting the Castle midfield & defence in half & Moore made no mistake this time & he found the bottom corner of the Castle net to open the scoring. Castle then had a period of good possession but after a mix-up between the CYFC defence & midfield the Castle striker broke through & placed the ball neatly into the CYFC net. CYFC took this as a wake up call & they stepped up a gear but Gabrysiak & Levsins couldn’t get their shots on target & Castle then had chances of their own. Then after stopping a Castle attack Campbell picked out Gabrysiak on the halfway line & he beat his marker to run onto the pass & power the ball into the Castle net. The game ended with Castle on the attack but Mcmullan & Donnelly got their bodies in the right place to block the Castle shot. CYFC for the 2nd year running win the 2nd place trophy.

A good performance in the end from CYFC who currently compete in the U11 mid Ulster league at 9 aside & they found the transition from 9 aside to 7 aside quite difficult, but credit to them all they picked themselves up after the 1st game & their ability & talent shone through & a great achievement in winning this trophy for the 2nd time.

TEAM: Wilkinson, Donnelly, Mcgurk, Mcmullan, Ortzel, Campbell, Moore, Levsins, Gabrysiak.

MOM. Donnelly.

CYFC u10s defeated Lurgan Town Predators

Saturday 28th September had the U10’s take the short trip down the M1 to Lurgan Town Arena to take on Lurgan Town Predators. The team had been on fine form winning their last 2 league games & a midweek friendly against Moyola Park so confidence & team spirit was high. On a beautiful fine morning with a dedicated 3g pitch for 9 aside football, CYFC were on the attack from the off & good work from Moore on the right of midfield saw his cross narrowly beat everyone in the box to let Lurgan off the hook. CYFC continued the pressure in the early moments of the game only to have a clearance from Lurgan catch them out & confusion between Donnelly & Wilkinson led to a free kick on the edge of the CYFC area. The resulting shot was off target but it was a wake up call to the CYFC defence & keeper that concentration & communication needed to be stepped up. Undeterred by this however CYFC continued to pepper the Lurgan box with crosses & shots & the breakthrough came from Moore who crossed into the box which missed everyone, beat the keeper & ended up in the back of the Lurgan net. This only spelt disaster for Lurgan who couldn’t get past the CYFC defence of Donnelly, Mcmullan & Smyth, with Ortzel covering them from midfield & they simply snuffed out any attacks from Lurgan & started another CYFC attack every time. A good pass out from Levsins had Campbell run from midfield to curl one into the Lurgan net to open the floodgates. Moore netted again with a beautiful strike before Gabrysiak in trade mark striker fashion pounced on a loose ball in the area to net his first of the day. Campbell struck again with a well placed shot before Gabrysiak tapped in another before half time. The second half started in the same fashion as the 1st had ended CYFC on the attack with Gabrysiak, Moore & Levsins all running the Lurgan defence ragged & Campbell picking out runs from Moore & Levsins who were both having superb games. Moore once again netted with a fine strike after some super dribbling saw him beat 3 Lurgan players & placed the ball fiercely past the Lurgan keeper. Levsins popped up to add another with a well timed run into the box to slot home his second of the match. Gabrysiak then took on the Lurgan defence himself & finished off with a hard low shot into the corner of the Lurgan net. Ortzel & Campbell in the CYFC midfield were running the show & even after Lurgan brought on 2 extra players CYFC still kept finding space & continued to press & attack Lurgan. Ortzel got his rewards for his hard work when a loose ball in midfield was taken down by him & he struck a fine shot into the top corner of the Lurgan goals leaving the  keeper no chance. Due to the new League rules Lurgan were allowed to bring on 2 extra players however Even against 11 men CYFC kept their shape, discipline & concentration & continued to play their game with some very intricate passing & attacking & with moments to go, Mcgurk popped up on the right with time & space to control the ball & let fly with a savage shot right into the back of the Lurgan net to complete the game. Regardless of the score line CYFC kept their shape & discipline throughout & continued to find space & time in what was 9 v 11 at the end of the game which their coaches were delighted about. Their defence was solid & kept their 2nd clean sheet of the league campaign which was very pleasing. Still work to do but these young lads are improving every week & will hopefully continue to grow as a unit throughout the season.

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

CYFC u11s drew with Dungannon Youth

Last Saturday Cookstown Youth 2008’s welcomed Dungannon Youth to MUSA in their 5th Mid-Ulster Youth League fixture of the season. Last season’s encounters were quite close affairs and this game proved no different. Cookstown started the brighter of the two sides creating several chances in the opening minutes through the power of Kelso and the guile of Wilson. On eight minutes both forwards combined well with top scorer Wilson driving low into the corner to take a deserved lead. Injured captain McKenzie was then replaced by Mulgrew who combined well with winger McElhatton with several great passes. A questionable free kick 15 yards out was awarded to Dungannon with their midfielder finishing high into the net to leave the scoreline all square at halftime.
Into the second half Dungannon started the brighter stringing several good passes together and pushing Cookstown back, putting pressure on the back three of Ferson, Irwin and Long. But it was a superb corner from Donnelly met by a powerful header from Mulgrew that gave Cookstown the lead again on 35 minutes. Cookstown got a little too deep again and paid for it after a powerful drive from 20 yards out gave Dungannon the equaliser. Patterson then pulled off a fantastic save before Kelso bundled home a loose ball from a Donnelly free kick with 7 minutes remaining. Dungannon never gave up a equalised with a powerful header with 2 minutes to go with the score finishing all even in a pulsating game.

Team: B. Patterson, J. Patterson, E. Irwin, J.Price, H. MCKenzie, I. Kelso, J. Donnelly, J. Wilson, B. Mulgrew, E. Long, C. Talbot, A. McElhatton.

CYFC u13 Colts 1-2 Armagh u13s

On Saturday Cookstown travelled to Armagh in a top of the table clash. Both teams battled hard for the win in a very physical game.
Cookstown were working very hard from the start but on 15 minutes Marcus Boyd, who had been playing well was replaced by Jude Murphy after an injury. The back line of Dylan Hamilton, Scott Gillis, Shayne Ferrity and Ryan Eccles were coping well and dealing with any pressure from the Armagh forwards. Ethan Gordon made a very important save to keep the game scoreless at half time following a lack of organisation from a corner.
The away side started the second half slow and were punished when Armagh took the lead within minutes of the restart. Cookstown were not making enough use of PJ Cassidy and Shaun Og Shields on the wings but fought back and got their equaliser from a deep free kick. A super delivery from Shayne Ferrity was flicked on by Callum McCreesh and Ben McCormack was there to finish well. Jake Ballantine and Michael Devlin were introduced but Cookstown were still under pressure. Ciaran Devlin was battling very hard and McCormack made a brave block to keep the score level. Cookstown looked to have earned a point until a very poor challenge led to a free kick. Armagh placed the ball high into the net, leaving Ethan Gordon no chance and giving Armagh all three points.
Cookstown face Ambassadors next week and will be looking to bounce back and get back to winning ways.
Team: Ethan Gordon, Dylan Hamilton, Scott Gillis, Shayne Ferrity, Ryan Eccles, Shaun Og Shields, Ciaran Devlin, Ben McCormack, PJ Cassidy, Callum McCreesh, Marcus Boyd, Jude Murphy, Jake Ballantine, Michael Devlin

CYFC u13 Youth 8-0 Markethill Swifts

On Saturday CYFC U 13 Youth team were away to Markethill swifts. The beautiful weather was matched by some dazzling play from the CYFC lads. Some superb individual play by Jack Kearney down the left wing before he crossing  the ball into the box which was put into the Markethill net by James Bell within the first minute. Young Bell extended the lead getting onto a lovely through ball from Vance McKeown and rifling a shot into the top right hand corner of the net. The early goals seemed to settle the CYFC team as they moved the ball effortless across the park. It wasn’t too long before they won a free kick 20 yards out which was drilled into the box by Peter McClean and after a scramble in the Markethill box. Luke Neeson managed to slot the ball home for the third goal. Neeson got himself a second just on the stroke of half time, getting ontp a corss from Peter McClean.

The second half saw the introduction of Higgins, Wilkinson, Ward, Mallon and McGeehan.  The fresh legs provided an additional injection to the team as they made piercing runs down both flanks. Despite the pressure, the CYFC lads were unable to capitalize with a number of opportunities going just wide. Half way through the second half Ben Mallon won the ball in the middle of the park and following some superb individual play launched a missile into the Markethill net. This provided a platform for a tremendous display of football with fast movement and great skill setting up goals for Bell, Higgins and McGeehan. A masterclass in football which they must draw on for their eagerly awaited match against Lisdrum next Saturday.

Team: Jack McClure, Tom Pitts, Conall Sheehy, Luke McElkennon, Jamie Kerrigan, James Bell, Shea McGeehan, Peter McClean, Luke Neeson, Connall Higgins, Jack Kearney, Tom Wilkinson, Aaron Quinn, Vance McKeown, Chris Ward and Ben Mallon.

Cookstown Youth U14s 1 Ballymena 0

The U14s went into this game full of confidence after a string of good results which has seen them leap up the table.
The game started with the home side pressing their opponents in their own half, forcing Ballymena into mistakes and creating openings for the Cookstown attackers. Unfortunately the boys were unable to take any of these chances early on. The game settled down and became a battle in the centre of the park, with little being created by both sides. Good battling from the centre midfield three of McAdoo, Donnelly and Taylor was giving the Ballymena players no opportunity to play. The Cookstown defence was well on top of their opponents, winning the ball each time and starting the attacks with precision balls to the attackers. Hampsey was in fine form playing some superb balls down the left hand side for Johnstone to run on too and the energetic forward was causing the visitors defence numerous problems with his work rate and determination. The first half was coming to a close when one of these balls was played over the Ballymena defence and Johnstone chased onto the ball, out battling the defender and rounding the keeper to calmly finish in the empty net.
The second half started with both teams cancelling each other out. Good competitive battling was keeping the ball in the centre of the pitch and it was clear that the game might only be decided by the odd goal. Further chances were created by the home team with Johnstone, Young and Taylor going close to increasing the lead. Ballymena then started pressing and put together a period of sustained pressure on the home teams goal. A number of long distance shots seemed goal bound, but the visitors found the home keeper Mccracken in superb form as he produced a string of top class saves that kept Cookstown in the lead. On the one occasion that the Ballymena forward managed to get the ball past the Cookstown keeper, Lamont was on hand to clear the ball from the goal line. McCann replaced the hard working Johnstone and another ball over the top lead to a chance for him which he just put wide. Devlin came on for the injured Hampsey and right away made a telling contribution with numerous crunching tackles and clearing a number of dangerous chances. Cookstown held on for the much deserved win and continued the fine string of results moving them to fifth in the league table.
Next Sat the team travel to play Maiden City Academy where they will look to continue their recent good form. Again we had a great turn out to watch the boys and our thanks goes out to all the supporters who came out to support the team.
Team: E.McCracken, K.Lamont, E.Cowden, K.Levsins, K.Hampsey, J.Shepard, A.Donnelly, B.McADoo, K.Taylor, J.Young, E.Johnstone, R.Devlin, S.McCann

CYFC u15s 2-2 Rosario U15s

An early ko for both teams. Rosario came out strong from the start.
With Larmour and Oniell on the right stopping most of the play, Rosario then cleverly switched to the left giving Morrison alot of work to do, which he handled with strength and pace. With all the pressure from the visitors, cyfc went ahead with a lovely ball in from Murphy which the keeper spilled on to the path of Orzel who sloted it in. Orzel is the player on form for Cookstown scoring 8 goals so far this season.
Second half started and it was more of a close affair. 20 minutes into the second half cyfc should of been 4-0 up but the Rosario keeper pulled of some great saves. The home team let their concentration slip and gave away a Free kick outside the box which ended up a goal only to do the same again 2 minutes later and Cookstown found themselves behind.
Five minutes to go cyfc went 3 at the back and 3 up front to push for the draw which came as soon as the move was made. Orzel again this time with an assist for Armstrong to slot it home. Cookstown almost won the game with a great pass from Darby to Murphy which was called offside, which was questionable!
Still unbeaten in 5 games this team can can only grow.
Team: Orzel. Larmour, Donaghy, Leek, Derby, Armstrong, Sheehy, O’Neill, Adems, Devlin, Morrison, Mcnally,Donnelly, Donnell, Murphy, Shieriden

CYFC u18s 6-0 Markethill Swifts u18s 

The 3rd game of the Savage Cup was against Markethill swifts @ MUSA. With the U18s already through to the quarter final stage this was going to be a more competitive game for the young boys then previous weeks and it would put a marker down for the league games to come.

In the dressing room the coaches had the idea of getting a quick goal to settle us down so we could play more football BUT no one could anticipate it would happen within 15 seconds of the kick off!!!!  McCracken took the kick off and passed the ball back to Campbell who launched the ball upfield, with the wind behind the kick the ball bounced in front of the swifts keeper and over his head and straight into the net, What a start for the young men. CYFC 1-0.

This goal then spurred the swifts into action and they put the youths defence under a lot of pressure but Patterson was keeping the defence tight and not giving the opposing striker a sniff of the ball. They again had a few chances but this came to nothing.

Goal no 2 came after from a corner, this was palmed away by the markethill keeper but trail held his nerve then passed back into the area where Robb (who is on a goal scoring streak) hammered the ball into the bottom right hand corner. CYFC 2-0

Markethill then started to try and bully this young team with bruising tackles and getting tight to the midfield trio of biggers, silva and robb but they all stood upto the tackles.

Goal no 3 came from McCracken who again was running around making a nuisance of him self with the defenders and he got his reward with a well taken goal. He received a pass from out wide and he then passed 2 defenders and swept it passed the keeper with style. CYFC 3-0

Half Time CYFC 3-0 Markethill Swifts

After half time the U18s started to play more football and this again created chances for McCracken, Gabrysiak and Traill and at first the swifts keeper kept them all at bay. After 20 mins the flood gates opened and it started with McCracken to get his 3rd brace in 3 games after fine work in midfield and a through ball from Silva, McCracken outpaced 2 defenders and chipped it over the advancing keeper has he dived down. CYFC 4-0

This made the youths forwards hungry for more and after a couple of interchanging passes between Trail and McCracken the latter set up Gabrysiak with a fine cross who then buried into the bottom left hand corner. As with McCracken, Gabrysiak is in fine form with his goal scoring heroics of late. CYFC 5-0

With Markethill now getting more tired from the relentless speed and pace of the cookstown side, the final goal of the game went to Traill who thoroughly deserved his goal as he was tormenting the defence on the right wing, Gabrysiak who was moved infield (when Biggers was replaced by Mullan) lofted the ball over the swifts defence and Traill took the ball round the keeper and slotted into an open net. CYFC 6-0

This was the final highlight of the game and it ounded off a very good performance by the U18s who we think may have just made a few teams sit up and take notice.

Full Time – CYFC U18s 6-0 Markethill Swifts

Our Next game is away to Fivemiletown again in the Savage Cup on 6th October.

Team:  J.Campbell, J. Glendinning, B.Patterson, R .Mullan, W.Kenning, P.Gabrysiak, F.Silva, D.Biggers,  C. Robb, A.Traill, M.McCracken, R.Mullan, A.Montgomery, K Gault,

CYFC Colts 5-2 FC Whiteabbey

 Last Saturday the Colts entertained FC Whiteabbey at MUSA in their latest league encounter.

The game was a tight affair for the first 30 minutes with both teams creating half chances. During a Whiteabbey attack their forward lost possession, Paul Stuart picked up the loose ball and played a great ball up to Kieffer Scott who took on the defense and fire home to go 1 up. Five minutes later a throw in from Jack Turkington found Tiarnan Brennan whose cross was collected by Ryan O’Neill who fired into the top left corner. Straight from the kick off the Whiteabbey striker found some room on the edge of the box and fired into the roof of the net to make the half time score 2-1.

Again the start of the second half saw a few chances for both sides. Ryan Rocks replaced Johnny McKenna in the middle. Nice play between Scott and O’Neill fed James Leslie in who fired home. A couple of minutes later Leslie picked the defenders pocket and was in one and one and made no mistake to put the Colts 4-1 up. With Luke Donaghy having little to do in goals he was called upon and made a great save. A Whiteabbey move down the left resulted in a near post flick finding its way in to the net making it 4-2.

He Colts continued to attack and Scott was pulled back in the box and a dually slotted home the resulting penalty to make it 5-2. Whiteabbey then were awarded a penalty which was saved by Donaghy. Stevie Arrell was upended in the box, clearly a penalty, but nothing awarded, so the game ended 5-2 for the Colts.

 Manager Noel McKenzie said it was another great result for the Colts. A fantastic performance all round.

 Team: L Donaghy, J Turkington, D Millar, P Stewart, C McMullan, T Brennan, J McKenna, J Leslie, R O’Neill, S Arrell, K Scott, K McMullan, R McKenzie, R Rocks, C Benoun.


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