CYFC u16s 2 Newry 0
Last Saturday the 2001’s faced Newry in a must win league cup fixture to continue participation in the cup competition. With Newry drawing with cup and league favourites Ardstraw a week earlier the young sizzlers knew what was at stake in freezing conditions at MUSA. The whites started brightly with Dean Bigger heading just wide at the back post on 3 minutes. Lee Glasgow and Shane Murphy tested the Newry keeper from distance before Glasgow headed just over the crossbar from a perfect corner from Murphy. Newry huffed and puffed but the back three of Mullan, Cahoon and captain Patterson were resolute in their defensive duties aided by Montgomery and Joseph Wilson at wing back. Piotr Gabrysiak replaced the injured Mackle up front and made some good telling runs alongside Glasgow. Into the second half Bigger, Murphy and Silva continued to dominate midfield. Harry Wilson replaced Joseph Wilson before Kyle Cahoon’s injury when Jake Fraser entered the Frey. Mauricio Mauro came on up front and within five minutes blasted home the opener after good work from Glasgow down the right. Five minutes later from the same area he struck his second as Cookstown extended their deserved lead. Glasgow went close again in the dying minutes with the home team rewarded with a fine victory.
TEAM: K. Gault, R. Mullan, B. Patterson, K. Cahoon, A. Montgomery, J. Wilson, F. Silva, D. Bigger, S. Murphy, T. Mackle, L. Glasgow, P. Gabrysiak, H. Wilson, J. Fraser, M. Mauro.
CYFC U15 2 – 1 Annagh
Cookstown travelled to take on Annagh in the first round of the Knockout Cup on Saturday. The home side started brightly and put Cookstown under some pressure, creating several chances but they could not capitalise. As the first half continued Cookstown grew into the game and began to dictate more of the play, the opening goal came midway through the first half following a driving run down the left hand side from C. McGonigle who beat his man for pace before slotting it past the keeper. Cookstown scored a second shortly after when a C. McGonigle cross was spilled by the keeper with A. Traill there to capitalise. Annagh managed to pull a goal back just before half time as an inner swinging freekick was not dealt with allowing their forward to slot in. Cookstown started the second half brightly and had the majority share of possession creating several chances but couldn’t find a third goal. Annagh had a chance on the break to equalise but where denied that opportunity as E. Donnelly rushed off his line to smother the ball. Cookstown kept their nerve in final ten minutes to book their place in the second round.

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

CYFC 15s before their clash with St Marys , 7.01.17

A cold and frosty morning saw the Under 11 CYFC take on Lurgan Predators in the quarter final of the Mid Ulster League Cup at MUSA. Having lost their first match of 2017 CYFC were determined to make amends and had the better of the early exchanges. The midfield of Chris Ward, Luke Neeson, Aaron Quinn and Matej Kluka dominated the play with multiple attempts on the Lurgan Goal. The most notable was a Quinn drive from 20 Yards which almost dipped under the bar.

The deadlock was eventually broken by Jack Quinn who picked up a loose ball and drove a low shot into the Lurgan net from distance. Despite the Goal, CYFC were unable to extend their lead in the first half. The defensive line up of Luke McElkennon, Conall Sheehy and Jack Quinn being called into action. Lurgan Predator’s created a number of chances testing the CYFC goalkeeper Jack McClure on a number of occasions.

A few tactical changes from the coach created more opportunities for CYFC in the second half. James Bell was the first to score bringing his tally to 18 this season! The introduction of Peter McClean, Jamie Kerrigan and Thomas Greer provided a fresh impetus to the CYFC attack.

McClean made a number of piercing runs through the Lurgan defence which eventually resulted in a Goal. Having conceded midway through the second half CYFC brought on Jamie Barry and Tom Wilkinson to replace some tired legs. This undoubtedly provided a platform that allowed the team to push forward with Peter McClean scoring two outstanding Goals in the last 10 minutes to clinch his first hat trick of the season and seal the win for the CYFC under 11 team.
Cookstown 1 – Rathfriland 4
Cookstown Youth U14’s played Rathfriland Youth at MUSA on Saturday. Cookstown created chances early in the game but were unable to convert them. The away team took the lead when Cookstown failed to clear a corner kick. Some poor defending from Cookstown allowed Rathfriland in for a second. Cookstown pulled one back when a great run and cross from the left wing by T.Davidson was met by Smith to fire home. Cookstown were unable to build on this and Rathfriland scored again just before halftime. The second half saw a much improved performance from the home team, who were unfortunate not to score with chances falling to Davidson, Ekiert and Cahoon
Last Sat seen the two local Cookstown sides go head to head in the Mid Ulster Shield and a semi final tie awaiting the winners.Olympic struck the first blow when as early as the second minute ex CYFC player Doyle stretched the back four of CYFC  and he squared the ball to Brennan who curled a ball low into the bottom corner of the Youth goal . CYFC were camped in their own half as Olympic passed the ball about in mid field and creating several good goal scoring chances. Olympics number 10 had a chance but his effort just cleared the bar . Jordan Glasgow had a shot but his effort went sailing over the bar. CYFC started to pass the ball about but when Olympic broke it up they looked like scoring on the counter attack.Olympic extended the lead when Liam Mullan headed from a corner which McEllhatton saved but the ball fell to the feet of Mullan and he  toe poked the ball into the goal.On the 30th minute CYFC reduced the arrears when from a Kelly throw Megarry flicked the ball on which looked to be going into the net but Johnny O,Neill got the final touch and claimed the goal. Heagney was brought on for the injured O,Neill just before the Half . The sides were level on 35 mins when Megarry got himself onto a pass and shot into the Olympic goal to make the score  2.2 at half time.
CYFC  made their second substitution at the start of the second half when Young came on for Steven McEllhatton. It was Olympic who started the more lively when from open player Olympics number 5 had a chance which he sent over the bar. CYFC were starting to conceed some needless freekicks but Olympic could not find the target. Megarry had a chance for CYFC but he too missed the target. On the 70th minute Mcgarvey found himself in the referees book for the second time and was red carded . Down to 10 men the Youth were now being stretched and starting to feel the pinch of the Olympic pressure . Mullan again came up for the corners and he seen his headed effort come crashing of the cross bar. With 11 men Olympic were pushing for a winning goal and the pressure on the CYFC  back line was starting to tell. Dardis  fouled the Olympic forward on the edge of the box and the ref pointed for a freekick. Olympic took the freekick which hit the defending wall but the referee wanted the free taken again. Meenan then curled the ball high into the Youth goal giving McEllhatton no chance in goal. CYFC  tried in vain to level the game but it was the visitors who ran out worthy winners and will take their place in the Mid Ulster shield semi final.
This Sat 28th Jan CYFC Seniors are again in league action when they take on local rivals Cookstown RBL at the MUSA wtih a 2pm ko.
G McEllhatton Leslie, Dardis. Stewart,Glasgow,McGarvey,S McEllhatton, Kelly, O,Neill, Larmour, Megarry
Heagney, R O,Neill, Young, Tavares

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