Cookstown Youth U14’s played Lurgan Town in the third round of the League Cup at Gordon Playing Fields, Lurgan on Saturday. An extremely competitive first half with chances falling to both teams saw Lurgan take the lead ten minutes before half time. Cookstown lifted the tempo in the second half and were unlucky not to score after a brilliant run and cross from Cahoon was met by Smith, whose shot was parried by the keeper, T. Davidson hit the rebound only to see it deflected away for a corner. The home team scored a second midway through the second half after a deflected shot looped over the keeper. Cookstown kept working hard, pressing and keeping up the high tempo. A great pass from Ballentine released Smith who was brought down on the edge of the box; the resulting free kick taken by Young was pushed over the bar by the Lurgan keeper.
Final Score: – Cookstown 0 – Lurgan Town 2
A few postponements last weekend unfortunately
A coastal trip was the order of the day as CYFC travelled to the seaside resort of Bangor to take on local side Bangor Old Boys in the 3rd round of the IFA Junior cup.. Cookstown started the brighter and the had the early goal scoring opportunities when McEllhatton and Barrie Kelly blazed there chances high over the Bangor cross bar. Bangor had a golden chance from a free kick just outside the box but their effort was easily contained by the back four of CYFC. The deadlock was broken on 20 mins when a cross in from the right flank found Megarry in the box and he headed the ball into the Bangor net. Ryan O,Neill and James Leslie were relentless down the left wing and between them they were creating chances for the strike force of Megarry and Drew Kelly. On the 30th min came a wonder goal. With the pressure on Bangors back relentless they were just happy clear the ball as far up the pitch as possible but a ball cleared to the half way line found John Scott and with great skill he took the ball on his chest and on the volley from the half way line he hit a ball that sailed high into the Bangor goal. Bangor were now struggling as CYFC just kept attacking . Megarry got his second just before half time when a mix up in the Bangor defence allowed him an easy header into the Bangor goal. CYFC went into half time 3.0 til the good.
Cookstown started the second half on the front foot and with only 10 mins gone McEllhatton hit a ferocious shot from outside the box to make it 4.0. Within minutes Bangor did reduce the goal difference when from a freekick their big centre half headed past Donaghy in the Cookstown goal. Larmour and Johnny O,Neill were introduced to the game .On 75 mins Megarry got his hatrick when he picked the ball up 30 yards out and went past a standing still Bangor defence and he duely rounded the keeper to shoot into an empty net. Within minutes Ryan O,Neill scored when from an opportunist moment he lobbed the keeper from 18 yards out to make it 6.1. Then came a 5 minute hatrick from youngster Mark Larmour. A squared ball into the box by Megarry to Larmour seen the young hit man blast into the net for his first. Within minutes larmour rattled a shot from the corner of the box to make it 8 goals to the visitors and then he completed his hatrick , when from some sloppy defending the ball him Larmour on the back of the head and the ball went into the Bangor goal. with only minutes left on the clock Johnny O, neill should have got on the score sheet when from inches out he completely missed the ball and an empty Bangor goal. The scoring was complete on the 90th minute when Megarry got his 4th when Larmour squared the ball to him and he obliged by tucking the ball into the Bangor net to make the final score on the day Bangor Old Boys 1 CYFC Seniors 10
Donaghy, Dardis,Scott,Leslie,Stewart,McEllhatton,B Kelly,R O,Neill,Glasgow,D Kelly, Megarry
J O,Neill, Larmour.Kane, Hunter.
CYFC Reserves 3 Banbridge YCOB 4
For the second week running the reserves started the game well through an early Matty Kelly goal , however two errors led to the visitors gaining control with a 2  1 advantage. Cookstown had their changes through Alin , Arrell and Heagney however the finishing touch just wasn’t there. The visitors added another to their tally before half and the home team were glad to hear the whistle for halftime to regroup.
A much better second half ensued and Mattew Heagney pulled one back for the reserves who were becoming the stronger and sharper as the game went on. Sbstitute Tyler Anderson made his presence known when he turned on a penny and unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot which beat the Banbridge keeper to nestle nicely in the right hand corner of the net. Kyle Devlin and Matthew Heagney went close with headers however the reserves were stung again when after a dubious free kick the ball was headed in give Banbridge the lead again. Heagney hit the post in the final minute of the match and the reserves frustrating run continues.
Man of The Match : Matthew Heagney.
Squad : Gareth McElhatton, Adam Glasgow. David Millar, Jack Wilson, Jack Turkington, Wilson Travares, Matty Kelly, Matthew Heagney, Deckle O’Neill, Miguel Alin, Stevie Arrell, subs : Kyle Devlin , Kyle McMullan , Tyler Anderson.

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