CYFC 11s v Moneyslane
On Saturday 12th November Cookstown Youth travelled to Portadown to take on Moneyslane.

The boys were hoping to bounce back from a slightly disappointing result from the week before in the cup competition where they could have earned all three points

The game started as quite a close contest with neither team keeping the ball in midfield for very long. The back line of Luke McElkennon, Conall Sheehy and captain Aaron Quinn were calm on the ball and very organised when called into action in order to protect Jack McClure from having much to do in the Cookstown goal. The midfield four of Chris Ward, Matej Kluka, Jamie Kerrigan and Luke Neeson were battling hard in the middle of the park and trying to find an opening for the hard working James Bell up front who closed down the Moneyslane defenders well. Cookstown were struggling to create many chances in the first half and only managed one shot on goal from Matej Kluka with his good effort from range.

At half time Cookstown made some changes. With these changes the game completely changed and Cookstown were now pushing for the win. Jamie Barry and Peter McLean were introduced to the game and added to the sides attack. Minutes into the half Cookstown opened the scoring after Conall Sheehy scored a super back heel volley from a Peter McLean corner. Soon after Jamie Barry added to the lead after some good solo play on the right hand side before finding the back of the net. Cookstown continued in the same vain and their determination and confidence was growing. Peter McLean was next to score when he then found the top corner with an inch perfect free kick before adding a second when hit a brilliant shot into the bottom left corner via the post. Cookstown then brought on Rory O’Neill in midfield and Tom Bell replaced James Bell up front and both players also worked hard to keep Moneyslane in their half and under pressure. Tom Wilkinson was introduced to the defence and kept them well organised for the remainder of the game. With Moneyslane on the back foot Cookstown kept driving forward and pressurising their back line. Chris Ward and Jamie Kerrigan were then rewarded for their great performances when they each scored two good goals to round off a fantastic second half and overall result for Cookstown.

All in all, this was a superb team effort from all the players. After a slow start in the first half the Cookstown team came out in the second half and dominated with an excellent second half performance.

Cookstown Team

Jack McClure, Luke McElkennon, Conall Sheehy, Aaron Quinn, Luke Neeson, Matej Kluka, Jamie Kerrigan, Chris Ward, James Bell, Tom Bell, Jamie Barry, Tom Wilkinson, Peter McLean, Rory O’Neill

Ballymena Academy v CYFC 13s (National League)
CYFC 13s National League squad made the journey to Ballymena for their National League game against the Braidmen , and it was the visitors who took an early lead through the impressive Shea O’Hare. However the hosts didn’t lye down and despite some great saves from Jack Martin at the halftime whistle the score was all square again at 1  1.
Ballymena scored two quick goals in the second half to take command however Ross Ferguson grabbed one back for the CYFC boys who were pressing their opponents at every opportunity although against the run of play Ballymena sneaked a fourth to give them a flattering 4  2 victory over the 13s who played well and gave a good of themselves.
Squad: Martin, Donnelly, O’Hare, Hurl, Devlin, O’Donnell, Forbes, Kane, Donaghy, Murphy, O’Hare, McNally, Larmour, Devlin and Ferguson.
CYFC 14s v Armagh City Eagles
Cookstown Youth U14’s played Armagh City Eagles in the first round of the League Cup at MUSA on Saturday. With an attacking formation the home team were determined to get off to a good start and this proved to be the case when Young fired Cookstown into the lead within the first five minutes. T.Davidson made it two for the home team when he scored from a corner kick taken by G.Cahoon. It was Ekiert who made it three when he slotted home after a well worked move between the strikers. Armagh to their credit kept working, creating chances and hit Cookstown on the break to claim a goal back. With Cookstown dominating midfield, a delightful pass by Nugent allowed T.Davidson in to score his second. Cookstown began the second half in similar fashion to the first when they scored within the first few minutes of the restart, an assist from Goalkeeper Adam Taylor when his kick-out was collected by Smith who dispatched into the top corner of the net. Further goals from Young and Smith ensured a comfortable win for Cookstown.
Final Score: – Cookstown 7 – Armagh City Eagles 1
CYFC 15s v Dungannon Utd Youth
Cookstown welcomed Dungannon to Fairhill in the league on Saturday. In a very even opening the defence’s where on top with very few clear cut chances created. Both teams continued to play good football but it was Cookstown who found the breakthrough near the end of the first half with the ball breaking to E. O’Neill in the box who made no mistake putting the home side in front at the half. The second continued like the first, with both teams cancelling each other out for periods of the game. Dungannon had a few long ranges efforts that where dealt with confidently by E. Donnelly in the Cookstown goal. Cookstown scored a second as the ball was played down the right hand side in which D. Devlin beat his man and slotting past the keeper. Cookstown where solid throughout the remainder of the second half creating several more half chances and went to win the game 2-0.

E. Donnelly, D. Banas, C. Robb, J. Glendinning  P. Monaghan, J. Donnelly, J. McElkennon, S. Coleman, L. Patterson, A. Traill, B. Tereso, C. McGonigle, E. O’Neill, D. Devlin

CYFC u16’s 2 Ardstraw 6
Last Saturday Cookstown faced league leaders Ardstraw in their first ever encounter in the MUYL at MUSA. Despite striker Lee Glasgow going close twice in the opening ten minutes of the game the north Tyrone side raced into a four goal lead within thirty minutes despite Keelan Gault’s best effort in goal and the back four of Montgomery, Patterson, McErlean and Mullan working extremely hard. To their credit the young sizzlers battled against a physical Ardstraw outfit and clawed back two goals through great finishes from Glasgow and substitute Mauricio Mauro. Into the second half with a change of shape and Kyle Cahoon coming on at wing back Cookstown settled the ship and stemmed Ardstraw’s potent attack. Silva and Murphy began to take control of midfield with Thomas Mackle supporting Glasgow in attack. A great finish unfortunately from Ardstraw’s striker ended the come back with 15 minutes remaining. Jake Fraser and Malik Hodgson replaced tiring legs but despite the boys best efforts and a more controlled 35 minutes Ardstraw hit their sixth in the dying minutes.
TEAM: K. Gault, A. Montgomery, B. Patterson, B. McErlean, R. Mullan, D. Bigger, T. Mackle, S. Murphy, F. Silva, H. Wilson, L. Glasgow, M. Mauro, J. Fraser, M. Hodgson, K. Cahoon.

Rathfriland 0 CYFC 17s 0

A Great result for Cookstown in their quest to win in the Mid Ulster Youth League title as this share of the spoils keeps their healthy lead intact.  Tyler Anderson forced a good save from the keeper and the clever play between Matthew Scott and Kaelum Irvine saw Irvines fly agonisely across goal . Ryan McFarland hesitated when clean through and the chance was gone. Rathfriland were very impressive with their passing game but most of it was in front of the Cookstown defence, but on an occasion when they did create the space Jamie Campbell pulled off an excellent save  .Martin McCracken had a left foot shot parried over, Conor Halferty had a decent effort comfortably saved and Kaelum Irvine had a great late chance to steal the points but shot to straight at the keeper.Jack Turkington had to foul a midfield runner when through on goal but thankfully the Ref gave him a yellow and not a red card. A draw was a fair result and Cookstown remain undefeated.


Last Saturday seen CYFC Seniors take on local side Cookstown Rbl in the Mid Ulster shield. Having already played each other in the Junior cup and it was CYFC who came away victors that day but the RBL were out to avenge that defeat. As early as the 1st minute had a terrific chance to open the scoring when he was clean through on goal only to see his effort well saved by Young in goal. Simon Young had the early chance for the RBL only his chance went high over the bar. A  Geoff Booth  free kick from 35 yards out rattled the the youths cross bar.  Gareth Hull for the RBL went on a run and tried a shot from 20 yards out but it wa McElllhatton who blocked the young mans shot. Hunter and Danny McEllhatton were battling for supremacy in midfield but it was McEllhatton who put a pricision pass at the feet of Drew Kelly but again the youngster squandered another glorious chance to give CYFC the lead.Barrie Kelly was using his long throw to good effect but forward Megarry seen several of his headers go over the RBL crossbar.On the 40th miniute the dead lock was broken. A lacklustre pass in midfield was picked up by McEllhatton who picked out Drew Kelly and this time Kelly made no mistake rifling the ball past Neil Young in the Rbl  goal. Within 2 minutes the lead was doubled . James Leslie up from his left back position found himself unmarked in the box and he too took his chance by side footing past Young.Chances were coming for both teams. Simon Young seen his effort go wide again and Mark Megarry had a golden chance when from a well worked corner with O,Neill his effort hit the side netting.CYFC went into the break with a 2.0 lead.
The second half started with the 2 teams openly attacking. Young in the RBL goal was again in outstanding form saving a point blank shot from Megarry On 48 minutes Ryan O,Neil scored a peach of a goal.On the left wing O,Neillwith 2 defenders in frontof him cut inside and from the corner of the box curled a superb shot that went into the RBL goal much to the delight of the local supporters.  Still the RBL pressed and pushed to reduce the arrears. Hunter had a shot but that went wide. Larmour , Mckenna and Keifer Scott came on for CYFC. Simon Young was dispossessed by Larmour and the young winger run on goal and he squared to Megarry who air shotted the pass but Barrie kelly picked the ball up but his effort hit the side net. Keifer Scott was brought down on the edge of the box and from the free kick Leslie seen his effort headed clear. Both teams played out the game without any more scoring and its CYFC who are in the hat for the next round of the Mid Ulster shield.
Knockmenagh Swifts Reserves v CYFC Reserves
The Reserves were on the road again last Saturday against Knockmenagh Swifts Reserves in the Mid Ulster Reserve League 4.
CYFC lined out with Darren McKernan in goals , a back four of Adam Glasgow , David Miller , Shay McMath and Cameron McMullan , in the midfield was Wilson Tavares , Matthew Kelly , Ryan Dobson and Kyle McMullan which left Miguel Alin and Chris Britton up front and Adam Watson , Stevie Arrell and Kyle Devlin on the bench.
Two mistakes at the start of the game left the visitors 2nil down within three minutes after the ball was let bounce over the heads of the defence to allow Knockmenagh to go one up and CYFC keeper McKernan lost his footing in an attempt to clear the ball to allow the home team in again for their second.
The remainder of the game was all Cookstown with Kelly , Britton , Tavares , Alin Arrell and Devlin all going close numerous times and at the back Millar and McMath were immense.
Three minutes of madness at the start of this game was the difference in taking away three points or not and after the game Joint Manager Andy Kelly commented ” This has to be the most frustrating game I have ever been involved in and can’t fault any of the boys at all for their effort and commitment , it was just one of those games that the opposition took their chances and we couldn’t have scored furniture”.
Well played to both teams and in particular the CYFC lads who never once gave up.
Man of The Match David Miller.





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