Colts Drop First Home Points of The Season

Colts Drop First Home Points of The Season

CYFC u11s defeated Annagh Utd

With last Saturdays match cancelled due to the adverse weather the young sizzlers were anxious to get back on the pitch & continue their great run of form. On a bitterly cold morning they took on Annagh Utd at Annagh 3g in Portadown in the semi-final of the league cup trophy. The boys started well but Annagh had other ideas & they pushed CYFC into their own half with some good pressing. CYFC continued however to hit Annagh on the counter attack & after a poor clearance from Annagh, Mcmullan struck a shot the keeper could only palm away & Gabrysiak was there to head the ball over the line to give CYFC the lead. again Annagh pressed well but CYFC soaked up this pressure & again a strike form Campbell saw Gabrysiak latch onto the loose ball but his shot swerved agonizingly wide of the post. CYFC then turned it up a notch & settled into a period of continued pressure, but Annagh stood firm & continued to thwart CYFC. In the dying moments of the first half a cross from Levisins saw Moore rise highest in thee box but the Annagh keeper was equal to his header. Half time saw CYFC in the lead but with plenty of work still to do.

A formation & personnel change really thwarted Annagh & in the 1st minute of the 2nd half they couldn’t adjust to CYFC’s changes, a corner wasn’t cleared & Donnelly whipped in a vicious cross which Mcmullan powered over the line with a superb header.

Annagh really struggled with the CYFC formation & couldn’t pick up their men & it was Kerr this time who powered through their defense to blast the ball into the back of the net to give CYFC a comfortable lead. Sustaining the pressure again CYFC bombed forward with superb interlink play between them & it was Kerr again who’s powerful shot was deflected in to the Annagh net to again increase CYFC’s lead. The best was till to come from CYFC, a move which incorporated 18 passes started from Wilkinson in the CYFC goals, into defense, through the midfield & eventually found Levsins on the left who fired a low shot into the corner of the Annagh net to complete the move. This was something The young sizzlers had been practicing hard in training & was realized on the pitch & both coaches & the boys were ecstatic with it! Another corner & Campbell dropped the ball right in the mix only for Kerr to head the ball agonizingly over the Annagh Bar. Muldoon then broke through the Annagh defense with some quick footwork, but his shot was smartly saved by the Annagh keeper.

Annagh however were not to go down with out a fight & with 10 minutes to go Started to hit CYFC on the counterattack, & from a CYFC corner, they broke out in numbers & Wilkinson was left with no chance & Annagh pulled one back. Tails up, Annagh mounted an onslaught of their own & their pressure was rewarded when, from a throw in, an unmarked Annagh player was able to take down the ball & fire a vicious shot to give them another goal. CYFC then made some changes to stem this pressure & get some control back, & it wasn’t long before both Otzel & Campbell had shots at the Annagh keeper to relieve some pressure.

The game ended with CYFC victorious & progressing to the final of the ‘League cup Trophy’ something which both coaches & players are extremely excited & proud of!

TEAM: WILKINSON, DONNELLY, McMULLAN, McGURK, OTZEL, LEVSINS, MOORE, CAMPBELL (c), GABRYSIAK, KERR, MULDOON, SMYTH, MACIEJCZUK.

MOM – DONNELLY

CYFC u12’s defeated Maiden City

Last Saturday the 2008’s made the trip to Scroggy Road Limavady to face Maiden City in a National League friendly. Following on from their perfect start in 2020 against Portadown in the League KO Cup and Sion Swifts the young Whites started the game confidently. Kelso went close in the opening minutes before winger Ferguson found the back of the net when his shot)cross deflected off the Maiden defender and past the hapless keeper on 4 minutes. The game then became a bit of a dogged affair with both defences dominating. The back four of Patterson, Long, Irwin and Ferson had to be resilient against a very skilful and dynamic City attack with the midfield of McElhatton, McKenzie, Mulgrew and Ferguson battling for every loose ball. Cookstown went close through Long with a headed effort on 15 minutes before Maiden’s striker dinked the ball homewards past the advancing Patterson 3 minutes later. Donnelly then came on in central midfield. Cookstown rode their luck when a City free from 20 yards struck the woodwork right on halftime.

Five minutes into the second half Ferguson was unlucky not to double his tally and regain the young sizzlers the lead after a fine save from the City keeper. The quick thinking Kelso reacted quickest on 33 minutes to capitalise on a mishandling error from the City keeper and power home from 6 yards. Lennox, Wilson, Patterson and Talbot all entered the fray with Talbot testing the Maiden keeper on 40 minutes from 12 yards. Keeper Patterson was forced into a couple of great clearances as Maiden pushed for a second goal before defender Ferson made a fantastic match winning goal line clearance right at the death. A dogged and resilient ‘TEAM’ effort by all the lads in another tough encounter in the National League – Bertie Peacocks up next. A big thank you once again to our fantastic parents for ferrying and supporting the boys and coaches on the day.

TEAM: B. Patterson, E. Long, E. Irwin, J. Ferson, A. McElhatton, B. Mulgrew, H. McKenzie, J. Ferguson, I. Kelso, J. Wilson, J. Donnelly, B. Lennox, C. Talbot, J. Patterson.

Cookstown Youth Colts 1-2 North Belfast United

Last Saturday the Colts entertained North Belfast Utd at MUSA. The game with North Belfast Utd applying all the pressure and went close early one with a header over the bar. The Colts had a couple of chances through Drew Kelly with the keeper saving well from one of them.

On 20 minutes Utd had a corner and their Captain rose highest at the back post to head home. Luke Johnston, Rian Mullan, Gary Adams and Cameron McMullan were fairly untroubled throughout the half but Utd were having the better half of the possession. The remainder of the half was fairly even with neither side able to break each other down.

The second half was just as tight with both sides maintaining possession for short periods of time. Nando Silva, Caleb Robb and James Kilpatrick worked hard throughout try to keep the Utd midfield at bay. Kelly saw a shot sail just over the bar following a deflection off a defender. Then a clash between the Colts keeper, defender and Utd forward saw the ref point to the spot which was dispatched by the Utd Captain.

The Colts got back into the game when a Paul Stewart header found the back of the net. Despite this pick up the Colts couldn’t maintain the pressure and drifted in and out of the game. The Utd keeper made a great block from a Kelly free kick but the pressure from the Colts in the last ten minutes didn’t result in an equaliser leaving the Colts to drop their first home points of the season.

Manager Noel McKenzie said it was a poor performance today. We were continually in and put of the game which just isn’t good enough. Head coach Mickey Leek added that it was hard to take that display in. We put the hard work in at training and then to produce that performance is just hard to believe.

Team: J Campbell, L Johnston, R Mullan, G Adams, C McMullan, C Robb, F Santos, J Kilpatrick, P Stewart, K McMullan, D Kelly. D Biggar, D Millar, M Brown, P McGarvey, Ben Leek, G Hodgett.

MOTM: Caleb Robb

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