Magherafelt 4 – CYFC 14s 1

Cookstown Youth U14’s played Magherafelt Sky Blues at Magherafelt on Saturday. The home team settled quickly and began putting the Cookstown defense under early pressure. A mix-up in the Cookstown defense allowed Magherafelt in to score the first goal. The Cookstown goal was breached again midway through the first half. Cookstown improved, passing well and scored when Smyth latched onto a long ball placing it past the keeper.  Both teams were well matched in the second half but it was the home team who scored from a quick counter attack. A goal just before the final whistle secured the win for the home team.




Windmill Stars U17 — 0

CYFC 17s — 1

This game was keenly contested and the first chance was created by Tom Black for his strike partner Martin McCracken who couldn`t deceive the keeper at the near post. A great ball from Tyler Anderson gave Ryan McFarland a chance but the Windmill defender done brilliant to scramble back and clear off the line. The winning goal was a stroke of genius as Tom Black turned and fired an unstoppable shot over a bemused keeper. Windmill tested Jamie Campbell with a free kick curled over the wall but he dealt with it comfortably. Cookstown although only a goal to the good were looking solid with both Sam Hardy and Kaelum Irvine displaying great technique in possession and Jake Crooks having an excellent game filling in at right back. A mishit clearance almost gifted Windmill an equalizer but the opportunity sailed just over the bar and Cookstown held on for a deserved victory.




CYFC u16s 2 Lurgan Celtic 1
Last Saturday Cookstown travelled to Lord Gordon Park in Lurgan to face Lurgan Celtic in a MUYL fixture. In their first ever meeting Cookstown started brightly with Iarlaith Donaghy and Shane Murphy dominating central midfield with striker Lee Glasgow causing havoc with his movement. A great pass from Fernando Silva fed in Glasgow on ten minutes with his powerful shot parried by the Lurgan keeper to the feet of Thomas Mackle who struck home from 10 yards. Five minutes later a mis-timed header inadvertently fed in the Lurgan winger who struck home from 12 yards past keeper Keelan Gault. Substitute Jake Fraser then spurned a great chance from 15 yards striking the side netting from the back post. Glasgow went close twice with Donaghy, Murphy and Dean Bigger testing the Hoops keeper from distance. Into the second half Gault made a sharp save when the Lurgan winger broke clear of the Cookstown defence. Harry Wilson and Mauricio Mauro entered the fray on the wings with both making positive impacts on the flow of the game. Murphy had a rasping 30 yard drive well saved with Glasgow, Donaghy and Mauro testing the Lurgan keeper. Resilient defending from Bobbie Patterson and Rian Mullan in the last 15 minutes was the order of the day as captain Donaghy evaded three Lurgan defenders to drive home the winner off the inside of the post with virtually the last kick of the ball. League leaders Ardstraw at home next.
TEAM: K. Gault, A. Montgomery, B. Patterson, R. Mullan, K. Cahoon, D. Bigger, F. Silva, I. Donaghy, S. Murphy, T. Mackle, L. Glasgow, J. Fraser, P. Gabrysiak, J. Wilson, H. Wilson, M. Mauro.




CYFC 13s 2-0 Maiden City Academy

Cookstown made the trip to Greysteel for the first of three successive away fixtures. Their opponents fortunes had been changing recently but Cookstown were in firm control for the whole game. Chances came and went for O’Hare, Donnelly, Murphy, Forbes, McNally and Larmour while at the other end Martin, the Cookstown keeper, was a virtual spectator. Hurl, Devlin, Donnelly and Sean O’Hare were steady and composed at the back while the energy was high from the midfield and forwards. Kane had his shot blocked on the line while Donaghy also went close with an effort. The breakthrough finally came just three minutes from time when Ferguson, the man of the match, placed home from a Shea O’Hare cross to give them the three points. Larmour wrapped it up with a fine finish just a minute later after O’Donnell had hit the cross bar and Devlin’s follow up was blocked. Cookstown go to Ballymena next week in the cup.

Squad: Martin, Donnelly, O’Hare, Hurl, Devlin, O’Donnell, Forbes, Kane, Donaghy, Murphy, O’Hare, McNally, Larmour, Devlin and Ferguson.



CYFC 15s 8 – 1 Moira

Cookstown travelled to take on Moria in the league on Saturday. Cookstown started the brighter of the two sides and had the majority of possession and eventually got the breakthrough when the ball was slipped to A. Trail who slotted it past the keeper. A. Trail doubled Cookstown lead when he found himself once again one on one with keeper. Cookstown continued to dominate the game with the defense clearing up and danger and setting up attacks bringing the ball into midfield. Following a through ball that split the Moria defense, D. Devlin was able to capitalise to get himself on the score sheet. Cookstown continued to create numerous chances with E. O’Neill finishing of the game with a goal.

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




Newington Res 2 Cookstown Youth 4

Cookstown Youth played only their 3rd league match of the season and recorded a very good away win to last season’s Junior 1 winner Newington Res.

Cookstown got off to a great start with only 2 minutes gone they took the lead when Barrie Kelly took a quick Throw in that found the unmarked Danny McElhatton to score. Newington got back into the match on 15 minutes when the scored from a corner to make it 1-1. Cookstown went back in front on 17 minutes when Drew Kelly cut out a poor back pass and scored past the home keeper for 2-1. The game was very mush end to end with the Cookstown Back line of Glasgow, Stewart, Dardis and Leslie all in very good form and keeping the home team at bay. The game was at time very scrappy with a strong wind blowing and holding the up alot when Cookstown were on the attack on the 1st half. Drew Kelly and Mark Megarry looked dangerous every time they got the ball and went at the home team defence, Megarry had a great effort on 35 minutes but the keeper pulled of a fine save then Barrie Kelly linked well with Megarry again up set up Drew Kelly but his shot was high over the bar. The McElhatton brothers Steven and Danny who were playing centre mid were both working very hard to keep the ball and breaking up any play. Barrie Kelly and Johnny O’Neill on both wings were always a threat going forward and very good a tracking back. on 35 minutes Jordon Glasgow picked up a bad injury and was replaced by John Scott.  On 42 minutes Newington should have made it 2 all when Cookstown Failed to clear the ball but Luke Donaghy pulled of a good save to keep his side in front.

ones  more the 2nd half was end to end with Cookstown now playing with the wind they were over hitting the ball that was running through to the keeper. Drew Kelly picked the ball up on the left and cut inside but his shot was saved on 60 minutes. Johnny O’Neill was replaced on 65 minutes with Ryan O’Neill coming on to freshen things up and it was Ryan who picked the ball up on the left and his good pass found Barrie Kelly was shot just wide. At the other end Paul Stewart was having a great game at centre half and made a well timed tackle as the home team striker was about to shot. The hard working Drew Kelly was replaced on 70 minutes when Mark Larmour coming on. Barrie Kelly picked up the ball wide on the right and went on a great run inside and picked out Megarry but the big forward had his shot blocked. Cookstown scored the 3rd a few minutes later when again it was that man Barrie Kelly again causing all the problems and he linked well with Megarry and Larmour and his good shot found the bottom corner for 3-1 after 78 minutes. Newington hit back when Dardis Failed to clear a long ball and it fell to the home striker to make the score 3-2, Larmour then beat 3 players on the right wing and found Barrie Kelly with a good pass but Kelly’s Shot was well saved by the home keeper. With the home side pushing more men forward Leslie made a great tackle and found Larmour who raced clear and round the keeper to score the final goal of the match for 4-2 and take all the points.

L Donaghy, J Glasgow (J Scott 35mins), J Leslie, G Dardis, P Stewart, S McElhatton (Capt.), D McElhatton, B Kelly, M Megarry, D Kelly (M Larmour 70), J O’Neill (R O’Neill 65)




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