CYFC MATCH REPORTS FROM SATURDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2017
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CYFC MATCH REPORTS FROM SATURDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2017

CYFC 11s v Tandragee Rovers.

On Saturday 25th February Cookstown Youth faced Tandragee at Mid Ulster Sports Arena in a home league fixture.

The game began as a close contest and Cookstown were initially slow to start. The home team soon began to get a hold of the ball which allowed Matej Kluka and Tom Wilkinson to begin dictating the play from midfield.

Tom Bell and Aaron Quinn were working hard up front, not allowing Tandragee any time on the ball. With Cookstown pressing Tandragee back the chances started to come with Chris Ward going close after a good run down the left hand side. Soon after, the home team almost took the lead through the hard working Luke Neeson who was unlucky to see his effort saved. From the resulting corner Cookstown took the lead. A superb delivery from Tom Bell was met at the back post by Conall Sheehy who blasted the ball past the Tandragee goalkeeper.

Two minutes later Cookstown grabbed another goal when a well worked short corner between Tom Bell and Aaron Quinn saw Tom Bell deliver an inch perfect cross for which was met by a bullet header from Luke Neeson. Cookstown continued to battle until the half with Jack Quinn winning several tackles to keep Tandragee back.

Shortly into the second half Peter McLean and Jamie Kerrigan were introduced in place of Chris Ward and Matej Kluka. The home side were very well organised and disciplined at the back with Jack Quinn and Conall Sheehy well marshalled by Jack McClure.

With Cookstown keeping Tandragee in their half, James Bell replaced captain Aaron Quinn and Jack Kearney was introduced for Tom Bell. Moments later some good play down the left hand side saw the ball switched to Jack Kearney who made no mistake in slotting the ball into the Tandragee net.

The home side were firmly in control of the game with Jamie Kerrigan and Tom Wilkinson keeping Tandragee pressed back. Luke McElkennon then replaced Conall Sheehy to preserve the Cookstown lead.

In the dying minutes of the game, Tandragee broke through and almost pulled a goal back but for a fantastic reflex save from Jack McClure in the Cookstown goal to preserve a well earned clean sheet.

CYFC Team Jack McClure, Jack Quinn, Conall Sheehy, Chris Ward, Matej Kluka, Tom Wilkinson, Luke Neeson, Aaron Quinn (c), Tom Bell, Jamie Kerrigan, Jack Kearney, Peter McLean, Luke McElkennon, James Bell

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CYFC 16s

CYFC u16s 4 Newry City 3 Last Saturday the battle for third place ensued between Cookstown and Newry in the MUYL. In a ‘home’ fixture at Lurgan’s Gordon PF Cookstown started brightly with leading goal scorers Lee Glasgow driving inches wide in the second minute. Harry Wilson then saw a fierce free kick dip just over the crossbar on eight minutes before a Newry through ball outfoxed the sizzler’s defence to race into the lead on 12 minutes. Two minutes later Cookstown were level after a good work from Glasgow and Piotr Gabrysiak  created a chance for Jake Fraser who rifled home a wordly from 25 yards. Fernando Silva and Glasgow both tested the keeper before Gabrysiak struck another stunning goal on 21 minutes. Fraser went close again after good work from Glasgow just before half time. Into the second half Cookstown continued to dominate with Malik Hodson showing good movement up front. The move of the match started with Wilson and Silva combining well to feed in Glasgow who cut back a superb pass for Thomas Mackle to finish from 15 yards on 38 minutes. From dominance Cookstown allowed Newry back into the game when they failed to challenge the blue and white’s number 7 on the edge who made it 3-2 on 55 minutes. Glasgow went close again with a double effort on goal from 12 yards but was thwarted by the Newry keeper on both occasions. Gabrysiak looked to have secured the win with his second on the hour mark but Newry weren’t finished and hit an unlikely third goal with five minutes remaining. To their credit the defence saw out the remaining minutes with 2 superb clearances by Rian Mullan aided by Bobbie Patterson in central defence to secure the 3 points. Away to Lisbellaw in the cup quarter finals next Saturday. TEAM: K. Gault, R. Mullan, B. Patterson, H. Wilson, A. Montgomery, T. Mackle, F. Silva, D. Bigger, P. Gabrysiak, M. Mauro, L. Glasgow, J. Fraser, M. Hodgson.

 

 

CYFC 17s 4-1 MARKETHILL SWIFTS

 

COOKSTOWN SHOCKED THE VISITORS BY SCORING IN THE VERY FIRST MINUTE WITH RYAN McFARLAND SLOTTING PAST THE KEEPER. MORE GOALS SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED WITH McFARLAND THEN STRIKING THE POST, TYLER ANDERSON HAD A FREE KICK WELL HELD AND TOM BLACK HAD A HEADER JUST OFF TAREGET. BUT CREDIT TO MARKETHILL AS THEY STAYED IN THE GAME AND EQUALISED THROUGH A CONFIDENTLY STRUCK PENALTY KICK. HOWEVER THEY FAILED TO LEARN FROM THEIR FIRST HALF EXPERIENCE AND CONCEADED IN THE OPENING MOMENTS OF THE SECOND HALF WITH A DRIVING RUN FROM JACK TURKINGTON SETTING UP RYAN McFARLAND WHOSE EFFORT WAS PARRIED AND TOM BLACK SCORED THE REBOUND. A GREAT INSWINGING FREE KICK BY SAM HARDY WAS HEADED HOME FROM MARTIN McCRACKEN TO AT LAST GIVE HIS TEAM SOME BREATHING SPACE. A CORNER FROM MATTHEW SCOTT WAS HEADED IN BY SAM HARDY AS MARKETHILL SUDDENLY LOOKED VERY VUNERABLE IN THEIR OWN SIX YARD BOX. ANOTHER GOOD WIN FOR THE BOYS WITH FULL BACKS JAKE CROOKS AND JOSEPH WILSON HAVING EXCELLENT GAMES AND ALSO STARRING WERE JACK TURKINGTON WITH RYAN McFARLAND HAVING A VASTLY IMPROVED SECOND HALF.

 

CYFC: JAMIE CAMPBELL, JAKE CROOKS, JOSEPH WILSON, SAM HARDY, JACK TURKINGTON, BRENDAN DAVEY, TYLER ANDERSON, RYAN McFARLAND, MATTHEW SCOTT, MARTIN McCRACKEN, TOM BLACK, MARC GLASGOW, RICARDO CASTRO, LAUL LIVDVINAVICAIS

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3rd Ballyclare 1 Cookstown Youth Fc 2

Cookstown youth progressed to the semi-final of the Canada trophy after a good away win at ballyclare last Saturday.

Cookstown started the better of the two team and passed the ball well on a very bumpy and uneven pitch and the 1st effort fell to Mark Megarry who shot just wide on 5 minutes. The home team took the lead when Cookstown keeper Gareth McElhatton made a horlicks of a back pass and the ball fell to the Ballyclare striker who made no mistake for 1-0. Ballyclare had a spell of pressure after this but the Cookstown defence of Scott, Dardis, Steven McElhatton and Wilson stood firm and restricted them to long range shots that did not trouble the Cookstown keeper. Cookstown got back to level terms when front pairing Richard McMenemy flicked the ball on the run of Mark Megarry who finished with a left foot shot for 1-1. Cookstown were now on top with the midfield pairing of Johnny McKenna and Danny McElhatton starting to pull the strings and it was a McKenna pass the found Pace King Mark Larmour on the right and he got himself into the box and crossed for Ryan O’Neill but his 1st time shot was just over the bar and few minutes later Larmour picked the ball up again in his own half and his pace left 3 players for dead and this time he burst into the box and shot just over the bar. in the last 5 minutes of the half McKenna, Megarry and Mcmenemy all had chances to add to the score but could not find the back of the net.

Cookstown again started of the 2nd half the better and their 1st chance fell to Ryan O’Neill but he somehow missed the target from 5 yards out. Cookstown when in front on the 65 minutes when McMenemy was put away on the right hand wing and his cross come shot found the back of the net for 2-1. Ballyclare tried to hit back and had a number of corners but again some great defending from the Cookstown lads kept them out. Cookstown brought on Barrie Kelly and Adam Keane to freshen things up and it was Kelly on the left wing now that put in a good cross the Megarry headed just wide. James Leslie came on for the last 10 minutes in replace of the injured Megarry and the home team started to push more and more man forward but Cookstown could not capitalise on the space at the  back, Leslie broke on the left and put in a good ball that found O’Neill but his shot was wide of the mark and few minutes later the pace King Larmour was put through one on one with the Keeper but for 6 yards out hit his shot over the bar and then again the same player was put clear of the left and his pass found Kelly how shot straight at the keeper. Cookstown seen the game out and will now have a rerun of last season’s semi-final when the meet Belfast side Newington for a place in the final at stake.

Team: G McElhatton, J Wilson, J Scott, S McElhatton, G Dardis, D McElhatton, M Larmour, J McKenna, M Megarry, R McMenemy, R O’Neill, A Keane, J Leslie, B Kelly

Cookstown Youth are at home next week in the league when they take on Brantwood
Newmills Reserves 1 CYFC Reserves 3
The Reserves made the short journey to neighbours Newmills for their last league game of the season.
his was a typical derby game on a heavy pitch but it was the visitors who got their noses in front after the fell kindly to Kyle Devlin who slotted home in typical fashion. Ally Young doubled CYFC’s scoreline with great finish on the stroke of halftime , although Newmills probably deserved more from a very even first half.
The second half was much the same as the first with both teams battling it out and Newmills scored a fantastic header from a corner to bring them back into the mix. Both teams had chances and Stevie Arrell , Drew Kelly and Devlin all were unlucky on numerous occasions. CYFC introduced Miguel Alin and Ryan Dobson into the game and the two lads made an impact straight away with Alin’s pace and the hard tackling of Dobson. An edgy end to the game ensued until Drew Kelly hammered in the Reserves third to secure the win and three points.
This was a hard fought game and well earned three points which puts the reserves into second place in the table however with other teams still to play games the final standings are very much reliant on other results which is now out of the Cookstown boys hands.
Man of The Match : Cameron McMullan.
Squad : Luke Donaghy , Adam Bell , Matthew Stewart , David Millar, Cameron McMullan , Kyle Devlin , Drew Kelly , Matthew Kelly , Kyle McMullan , Stevie Arrell , Ali Young , Miguel Alin , Ryan Dobson , Luke Johnston.
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