CYFC played Maghera Utd last Saturday at the MUSA in their third pre season friendly and came away with a decisive 3.0 victory.
The home team had the first opening chance of the game when Aidan Doyle was through on goal with only the keeper to beat but the keeper managed to parry the ball wide. With the pace of Arrell and Tavares on both flanks the Maghera team were struggling to contain this rampant Cookstown team. Midfield maestro Jerome Harte had a great chance to open the scoring only to see his chance go wide. Josh Adams on the 17th minute tried his luck from 35 yards out only to see the ball just go over the cross bar of the Maghera goal.Cookstown youth were relentless with their pressure on the Uaghera utd goal and it was only a matter of time before the dead lock would be broken.On the 20th minute left back Adams went on a daring run he then fed a ball out to Drew Kelly who took a touch stepped inside the Maghera right back and from 20 yards out unleashed a rocket of a shot that screamed into the top corner of the Utd goal giving the keeper no chance. Kelly had the taste for goal and 5 minutes later he seen another effort rebound of the post. Wilson Tavares was making some delightful runs and with his nimble foot work and trickery he carved himself out a chance but to  his dismay his chance went agonisingly wide.The back 4 of Adams ,Mcmath , Mcellhatton and Scott were containing the Maghera forward line comfortably. Debutant goalkeeper Gareth Mcellhatton had one good save to make in the first half.
The second half continued the same as the first half with Cookstown Youth in total control.Ally Young making his first start for the youth had a great chance to double the lead only to see his chance soar over the bar. Winger Arrell had a half chance but to no avail. Management team of Warwick and Carson made a few changes in bringing on Larmour, and Dingley and both subs had an immediate effect straight away.Kelly opened up the Utd defence with  a pass to Larmour who with his electric pace latched unto the ball and buried the ball low and hard into the Maghera goal. Lamour then had a headed goal disallowed for off side. Dean Hodgett who replaced Mcellhatton at half time was almost caught out from the restart when the Maghera forward took a  shot from the centre only to see his effort scrambled wide by Hodgett. David Millar Kyle Mcmullan and Matty Kelly were introduced to the game to give all the young guns a bit of a run out.  A ball fed to Larmour which the young striker had no right to get to but with his blistering pace he got a toe to the ball and pushed it past the keeper but the keeper up ended him and the ref pointed the penalty spot from which Drew Kelly took and scored to make the final score on the day Cookstown Youth 3 Maghera utd 0.
Squad – Gareth Mcellhatton, Josh Adams, Steven Dcellhattan,   Shay Mcmath,John Scott, Jerome Harte, Ali Young, Steve Arrell, Wilson Tavares, Drew  Kelly,Aidan Doyle, Jack dingley, David Millar, Matty Kelly  Kyle Mcmullan Mark Larmour.
This Saturday at the Mid Ulster arena both the senior  team and the under 18 team will be in action playing Antrim swifts  and their under 18,s both games start at 2pm
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