CYFC 14s v Enniskillen Rgrs
Cookstown Youth U14’s played Enniskillen Rangers at Dungannon White City on Saturday. Cookstown started the game well and went ahead after five minutes when Ekiert slotted home after a fine through ball from Smith. Cookstown kept up the pressure and were unlucky not to score when T.Davidson’s shot rebounded off the post and was cleared by the home team. Enniskillen equalised just before half time when a long ball was not dealt with by the Cookstown defence. Cookstown were left frustrated when they completely dominated the second half, creating several chances to score but unable to convert them.
Final Score: – CYFC 1 – Enniskillen Rangers 1
Cookstown Youth u13s 2-1 Derry Colts

Sometimes things go against you that either inspire you or deject you. Thankfully it was the former for the Cookstown u13s as they came away with a terrific result from Thornhill College. With players missing due to various factors, the boys travelled with just 12. Coupled with the fact they played 10 minutes with 10 men in the first half as two players needed treatment for injuries it makes this result even more special. Last week’s second half performance was soon forgotten as goals from Stefan Donnelly and Calum Murphy inflicted only a second league defeat of the season on their opponents and gave the boys their first three points of National League A. In truth it was a game of few chances as the wind and hardened surface made it difficult to play but the boys stuck to their tasks admirably and ground out the result. To make it even more challenging, Cookstown faced the second half into the wind. Donnelly’s fine finish came as a result of perseverance in the Derry Colts box and his low drive found its way past the keeper and the boys had something to cling to. Devlin and Forbes were superb at the back ably assisted by Donnelly and O’Hare who did everything they could to protect safe hands Monaghan in nets. O’Hare, O’Donnell, Kane and Ferguson were combating well in tough conditions while Murphy, Donaghy and McNally had the unenviable task of trying to hold the ball up but one they managed successfully. Their equaliser was a fine header and it was they who seemed to gain momentum but with just 3 minutes left to play, Murphy barged his way through two defenders to find himself one-on-one. His left foot is a wand and he grabbed the three points and the celebrations began.

Squad: Monaghan Donnelly Se O’Hare Forbes Devlin O’Donnell Sh O’Hare Kane Ferguson Donaghy McNally Murphy

MOTM: Michael Forbes and Callan Devlin.

CYFC 13s before their game with Derry Colts 11.02.2017 CYFC player in the middle of a Derry Colts sarnie 11.02.2017.
CYFC u16s 2 Dungannon Youth 3

Last Saturday the 2001’s faced local rivals Dungannon in the last four of the Mid-Ulster League Cup at White City 3G. In Baltic conditions Dungannon started strongly with their Number 8’s long throws and accurate delivery from corners testing the Whites back five of Gault, Montgomery, Mullan, Patterson and Cahoon. In Midfield Silva, Murphy and Bigger worked tremendously hard to breakdown Dungannon’s passing game. A fantastic run and cross by Bigger from the left was met by captain Donaghy who plundered the opener on 21 minutes at the back post.Two minutes later the Yellows were level when their centre half met a driven corner to head home from 10 yards. Striker Glasgow then had his heel clipped when he was about to shoot in the penalty area as the travelling support stood in amazement as the ref waived play on. Donaghy then saw his shot slice wide after a powerful run down the right on 25 minutes. To compound things Cookstown were caught napping when an avoidable free kick found a Yellow at the near post unmarked to take the lead into the break. Thomas Mackle and Harry Wilson came on into the second half with teams created chances with Glasgow going close with a header for the Whites. Gault pulled off a fantastic save from a free before Donaghy rifled a shot over the bar. With time running out Murphy struck a 30 yard free kick which nestled into the bottom left corner after a keeper error. This elation was short lived when a soft penalty was awarded to the home team when a Yellow went to the ground inside the box after a Cookstown challenge. Dungannon took the lead but ultimately two penalty decisions unfortunately decided a very close run game. Thanks to Clive for doing the line again and to all the parents and supporters on the day.
TEAM: K. Gault, R. Mullan, B. Patterson, K. Cahoon, A. Montgomery, J. Wilson, F. Silva, D. Bigger, S. Murphy, I. Donaghy, L. Glasgow, T. Mackle, H.Wilson, M. Mauro, P. Gabrysiak, J. Fraser.

CYFC 18s v Linfield Rangers
The 18s made the short trip to Shamrock Park to play Belfast giants Linfield Rangers in the semi-final of the prestigious Harry Cavan Cup.
A tight first half saw the boys holding off the Blues for the first half an hour however Linfield edged in front after a blistering run through the middle of the park. Mark Larmour went close on a number of occasions and at the other end under 17s player Tyler Anderson was outstanding thwarting attack after attack from Rangers. shortly before half time the 18s goalkeeper Ben Young bravely saved at the feet of a Blues forward and after treatment gingerly carried on until the half time whistle.
The second half started without Young who was concussed from the challenge in the first half and make shift right back Stevie Arrell became the make shift keeper and pulled off a few great reflex saves , however the Belfast boys took advantage of the situation and went on to score four goals and book themselves a place in the Final.
A courageous performance from the Cookstown lads and an experience playing at a big ground , well done to all involved.
The 18s before their game against Linfield Rangers.Mark Larmour on the ball for the 18s against Linfield Rangers.

Cookstown Youth 4 Brantwood  Res 1

CYFC are into the next round of the Canada trophy after seeing of Belfast side brantwood in the 2nd round.

The home side started of the better and a good flowing move on the left from Jack Wilson and Johnny O’Neill put Wilson away and his good cross found Mark Larmour but his header was just wide. Cookstown took the lead on 5 minutes when Larmour on the right put through Richard McMenemey and the big forward finished in style from 16 yards out on the right for 1-0. a few minutes later are great passing move from the home side found Jack Wilson on the left and his cross picked out Danny McElhatton but the powerhouse Midfielder scuffed his shot wide of the post.  The home team were in complete control with their passing and movement  with the back 4 of Millar, Keane, Wilson and Steven McElhatton starting most of the play and with Johnny McKenna, Danny McElhatton and Ryan O’Neill pulling the strings it looked like only a matter of time before they added to the score. Larmour had an opening on 20 minutes but his shot was blocked and a few minutes later McKenna burst through on goal with only the keeper to beat but shot over the bar. Ryan O’Neill then had a near post header cleared of the line before Johnny O’Neill  broke on the left and his good ball into the box was well cleared by the Brantwood defence. Cookstown finally got their 2nd when this time a long kick out from Gareth McElhatton beat the Brantwood defence and found McMenemey and his very good lob beat the onrushing goalkeeper and put his side 2-0 up just before half time.

Once more Cookstown were passing the ball well and from their 1st corner Danny McElhatton should have scored when well placed inside the 6 yard box, The home side were soon 3 up when again a good move was finished off by McMenemey for his hat trick. The home team made a few changes with Barrie Kelly and Philip McGarvey coming on for Danny McElhatton and Mark Larmour and the home side pushed again looking a few more goals, Kelly was put in down the right and his cross went across the box and found Johnny O’Neill 6 yards out but he shot over the bar, then Ryan O’Neill hit a free kick the hit the crossbar, on 70 minutes a long throw from Kelly picked out the unmarked McKenna 6 yards out and the midfield Maestro somehow shot over the bar. Millar then made a great break into the box on the right but failed to get a shot away when well placed. Steven McElhatton was then replaced with Paul Stewart on 75 minutes and a few minutes later Brantwood pulled a goal back when the Midfielder had the time to shot from 25 yards out that beat Gareth McElhatton. Brantwood had a spell of pressure after this and McElhatton pulled of a good save from a free kick and then the Cookstown defence had to block a shot on the line to keep the away team out. with only 5 minutes left on the clock a mistake in the brantwood defence let in McMenemey again who made no mistake from 5 yards out to score his forth of the day. In the last few minutes after a few words with the referee the away team had two players that got their marching orders and they finished with 9 men as the home team won out 4-1 and into the next round.

G McElhatton, D Millar, J Wilson, S McElhatton, A Keane, D McElhatton, M Larmour, J McKenna, R McMenemey, R O’Neill, J O’Neill, B Kelly, M Megarry, P Stewart, P McGarvey, L Donaghy

Cookstown are back to league action next week when they are away to FC Whiteabby

CYFC Seniors before their game against Brantwood Reserves

The annual CYFC Table Quiz takes place on Saturday 11th March 2017 in the Royal Hotel kicking off at 8pm. Teams of up to six quizzers will be made very welcome so come along for a great nights banter and craic /

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