CYFC MATCH REPORTS FROM SATURDAY 28th JANUARY 2017

CYFC MATCH REPORTS FROM SATURDAY 28th JANUARY 2017

CYFC 11s v Hanover Youth

On Saturday, Cookstown Youth under 11s travelled to the Portadown People’s Park to face Hanover Youth in the first round of the Knockout Cup. Cookstown were looking to build on a great win from last week against Lurgan Town, and were straight out of the blocks, with James Bell and Matej Kluka linking up well ending up with a good save from Kluka’s shot. Soon after that, Cookstown opened the scoring as Peter McLean received the ball from Jack Quinn and cut inside from the wing, striking the ball low and hard past the Hanover keeper. Cookstown kept the pressure on the Hanover defense and were rewarded when captain Aaron Quinn burst through the defense into the box and fired the ball into the corner of the net. Hanover came into the game more but the Cookstown defense made up of Conall Sheehy, Luke McElkennon and Jack Quinn marshaled by Jack McClure in goal were dealing with everything that the opposition attack threw at them. The attacking three of striker James Bell and wingers Peter McLean and Luke Neeson were trying their best to prevent any attacks from starting by pressing the Hanover defense back deep into their own half. Cookstown went into half time in a commanding position.
Cookstown started the second half well, and made a few changes early in the half with Thomas Greer replacing Luke Neeson, Jack Kearney replacing Peter McLean and Jamie Kerrigan replacing Matej Kluka. These changes adding some extra flair to the Cookstown attack with Greer and Kearney torturing the full backs. This was rewarded when a cross wasn’t dealt with by the Hanover defense and James Bell was on hand to finish calmly in the bottom corner. Cookstown then began to control the game a lot more, with Kerrigan and Aaron Quinn controlling the midfield. Captain Quinn ventured forward and played in Kearney, who returned the pass to Quinn who blasted the ball home. Further changes were made as Tom Wilkinson replaced Conall Sheehy and Tom Bell replaced James Bell. Hanover never gave up going forward, and were rewarded when a free kick wasn’t dealt with by the Cookstown defence and their striker finished well past Jack McClure. Cookstown responded quickly and started to move the ball with real pace and looked increasingly dangerous going forward. A great move down the left wing saw a Thomas Greer cross blocked, however Tom Bell controlled brilliantly and stroked the ball into the bottom corner to complete a wonderful win for the Youth. Team: Jack McClure, Conall Sheehy, Luke McElkennon, Jack Quinn, Aaron Quinn (C), Matej Kluka, Luke Neeson, Peter McLean, James Bell, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Bell, Jamie Kerrigan, Thomas Greer and Jack Kearney

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Cookstown Youth u13 1-0 Bangor
Cookstown entertained Bangor Academy last Saturday in what was their first home match since early December with a quarter final spot up for grabs. The boys have been short of playing time due to the weather and ClubNI fixtures so the visit of League B leaders was always going to prove difficult. Cookstown were in control for the majority and missed a few good opportunities early on before Shea O’Hare scored with a left foot volley. The team welcomed Paddy Monaghan in goals and he did his job very ably and comfortably, sweeping up and catching with confidence. It was a sign of praise for the defensive shift Cookstown put in that he wasn’t really tested, despite the score line. Hurl, Donnelly, Devlin, O’Hare and Ferguson were compact while Darragh Devlin added fresh legs to the fold in the second half. Forbes, O’Donnell and Kane were busy and their replacements, McNally and Larmour took on that mantle well. Up front O’Hare was a constant threat in the first half and linked well with Donaghy while Murphy’s trickery in the second half was key to winning the game. All in all a solid run out was had and the tight score line doesn’t tell the whole story. The boys face in form Portadown next Saturday at MUSA in their first league game.
Squad: P Monaghan, C Devlin, D Devlin, M Hurl, S Donnelly, Sh O’Hare, Se O’Hare, M Forbes, C Kane, M Donaghy, M Larmour, D McNally, R Ferguson, C Murphy and N O’Donnell MOTM: Matthew Hurl.

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Cyfc 13s (MUYL)  v Armagh City

This was the third game in the league cup for CYFC and one they needed to win.

CYFC we’re up against it before they set of for there journey as there goalie was off due to illness.

With no ref turning up for the game Armagh won the coin toss for the job.

With the game started 20 minutes late Cookstown found themselves 2 down within 10 minutes.

With a few changes made to the shape CYFC started to string a few passes together with a 20 yard shot from the captain Whitten blasted over the goalies head which could be the contender for goal of the season put the visitors in the game. Moments later O’Neill had created a few chances of his own but got an assist with a pass to Armstrong. All level CYFC we’re on top. As the half came to a close Armagh took the lead taking the advantage of the stand in goalie for Cookstown.

Cookstown started the brighter in the second half again with O’Neill making a menace of himself got a shot cleared of the line only to find Armstrong levelled this tie again.

Moments later CYFC had a clear plenty shout which wasn’t given no vault of the stand in ref as he never seen it. Within five minutes CYFC had another plenty shout.

Against the run of play Armagh went ahead. With heads dropped Armagh went on the rampage Cookstown pulled one back but it wasn’t enough.

On another day with a referee it could of been a different result. It was a great fighting performance from Cookstown this team can only get better.

Motm goes to O’Neill but it could of went to Leek, Armstrong, McCallion

Team Armstrong, Harvey, Leek, Derby, Mccann, Greame, Mcvey,Morrison, Brownlee, Heagney, Adems, Devlin, O’Neill Whitten and Mccallin

 

CYFC 14s v Tandragee Rovers

Cookstown Youth U14’s played Tandragee Rovers in the second round of the MUYL KO Cup at Tandragee LC on Saturday. Both teams were fairly evenly matched in the early stages with defenses on top. Cookstown began to get a foothold in midfield and were soon registering good chances to score; a delightful pass from S.Taylor opened the home team’s defence, T.Davidson on the overlap crossed for Ekiert who slotted home taking a well-deserved lead. Tandragee equalised early in the second half, but Cookstown were able to respond with a cool finish from J.Smith. A great cross from J.Young was collected by G.Cahoon who gave the keeper no chance dispatching the ball into the top corner of the net. With Cookstown now dominant and controlling possession Ekiert scored twice to complete his hat-trick. A brilliant display from the players who gave their all during the game.

Team:-A.Taylor, A.Devlin, J.Donnell, J.Martin, C.Davidson, S.Taylor, J.Young, G.Cahoon, M.Ekiert, J.Smith, T.Davidson, L.Henry, M.McAlynn

Final Score: – Cookstown 5 – Tandragee Rovers 1

CYFC u16s 7 Banbridge Rangers 2 Last Saturday the 2001’s faced Banbridge at Cheney Park 3G in a must win MUYL League cup group match to progress to the semi-final stages. Cookstown had put themselves into a good position to progress after a fine team performance the previous Saturday which resulted in a 2-0 win over Newry City. Cookstown started positively with Shane Murphy testing the home keeper twice in the opening 5 minutes. Captain Iarlaith Donaghy went close twice with headers on 7 and 10 minutes before striker Lee Glasgow powered a wonderful half volley home from the edge of the box on 15 minutes. Cookstown dominated posession in the opening 20 minutes before a quick turnover from a Cookstown throw in found the sizzler’s defence exposed and the equaliser on 23 minutes. Banbridge boosted by the goal took control of the game and raced into the lead after poor defending from a corner right on half time. Into the second have Cookstown’s shape and movement improved with Glasgow testing the home goal with a header and a drive from the edge. An unbelievable strike from Murphy inside his own half looped into the top corner of the Banbridge goal on 40 minutes to turn the game on it’s head. A great run and cross from Glasgow was then met by Donaghy who headed home from 12 yards five minutes later. Cookstown were now rampant and in total control of the game with Glasgow hitting his second and Cookstown’s fifth. A sixth came courtesy of a Banbridge own goal on 55 minutes. Gabrysiak, Moura, Fraser and Harry Wilson all entered the fray. Moura went close on goal after a jinking run from the left before hitting his third in two games as Cookstown finished in seven heaven. Defensively the back five of Gault, Mullan, Patterson, Bigger, Montgomery and Joseph Wilson laid the foundation for the victory especially in the second half.

 

COOKSTOWN UNDER 17 — 2 VALLEY RANGERS — 0

 

THE FIRST HALF WAS CLOSELY CONTESTED AND VALLEY ALMOST STUNNED THEIR HOSTS WITH A GREAT STRIKE HITTING THE BAR AND CLEARED AWAY BY KAELUM IRVINE. RYAN McFARLAND SET UP HIS TEAMS` BEST CHANCE AS HE PUT TOM BLACK THROUGH BUT HE SHOT WIDE. COOKSTOWN STARTED THE SECOND HALF ON FIRE AND SHOULD HAVE SCORED AS BOTH KAELUM IRVINE AND RYAN McFARLAND WERE CULPABLE OFF POOR FINISHING. THE GAME WAS DECIDED BY 2 FREE KICKS, SAM HARDY SAW HIS EFFORT FUMBLED AND THE EVER ALERT KAELUM IRVINE SCORED THE REBOUND AND NEAR THE END TYLER ANDERSON CURLED ONE IN WITH HIS LEFT FOOT. A VITAL WIN FOR THE BOYS ESPECIALLY AS THEY WERE FAR FROM THEIR BEST WITH TOM BLACK AND MARTIN McCRACKEN HAVING EXCELLENT GAMES UP FRONT.

 

CYFC UNDER 17: JAMIE CAMPBELL, JAKE CROOKS, KAELUM IRVINE, SAM HARDY, JACK TURKINGTON, BRENDAN DAVEY, TYLER ANDERSON, RYAN McFARLAND, MATTHEW SCOTT, TOM BLACK, MARTIN McCRACKEN, LAUL LIVDVINACIOUS, MARC GLASGOW, RICARDO CASTRO

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COOKSTOWN YOUTH SENIORS 5 COOKSTOWN RBL 2
CYFC Seniors hosted local rivals Cookstown RBL in the Ballymena league last Sat and with the two clubs already meeting in a previous encounter earlier in the season this was always going to be a hotly contested game. Both teams started slowly as CYFC midfield of the two McEllhatton brothers and the RBL midfield of Young and Hunter were happy to battle out supremacy. The first opportunity of the game fell to Scott ,who from a floated ball into the RBL box by Glasgow headed towards goal but Greer pulled of a brilliant save to deny the CYFC youngster.Within minutes of that save Greer recieved an injury and was replaced in goals by centre forward Purvis,
CYFC stepped up a gear to try and test the new goalkeeper. The break through came when from a quick corner Larmour found Megarry and he placed the ball past the RBL keeper making it 1.0 the the hosts. RBL were putting pressure on the CYFC back four put the final touch was eluding them. O,Neill had seen his chance cannon of the cross bar but on the stroke of half time came one of the goals of the season. Megarry who has been in prolific goal scoring form all season curled a shot from 30 yards out into the top corner of the RBL goal giving Purvis or any other keeper no chance. The youth went into the break with a 2.0 lead.
RBL came out lively and Gates had a chance ,when a ball put to his feet by Ramsey but the young man managed to put the ball over the cross bar. RBL were awarded a freekick outside the penalty area and it was Booth who curled a shot high into the corner of the CYFC goal leaving McEllhatton rooted to the spot. Within minutes CYFC extended their two lead. Rocks and Wilson who had just came on as subs for the youth conjured up a quality goal between themselves. Rocks dribbled past the RBL midfield and laid a ball of to Wilson and he whipped the ball high into the RBL goal to make it 3.1.  The RBL pushed everything forward and and CYFC were giving away needless freekicks. On the 80th minute Booth for the RBL struck another wonder goal for his side , when from another freekick  he beat the CYFC wall and McEllhatton. Youngsters Rocks and Wilson again opened up the RBL defence and it was O.Neill who had the easy task of shooting into and empty goal .The RBL still kept pushing late in the game but it was Megarry who got his hatrick on the day when from a cross he headed the ball into the RBL net to make the final score on the day Cookstown Youth 5 Cookstown RBL 2
CYFC Team,
G McEllhatton,Leslie,Glasgow,Dardis,Stewart, D McEllhatton,S McEllhatton,Larmour,Scott, R O,Neill, Megarry
Subs
Wilson,Rocks,Keane, McKenna
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CYFC Reserves 4 Sporting Lisburn Reserves 3
CYFC Reserves were at home against Sporing Lisburn last Saturday who they had yet to play and knew that three points were a must to keep in touch with the top teams in the league.
The reserves started brightly and Matty Kelly , Matthew Heagney and Kyle Devlin had chances to open the score early on however it was Heagney who hit the net after twenty minutes after great work from Barrie Kelly and Kyle McMullan . This seemed to settle the home team and ten minutes later Johnny O’Neill made it two after a great cross from that man McMullan again. The Lisburn outfit pulled one back and there wasn’t much between the two teams until Heagney stepped up for his second and CYFCs third . A short time later Heagney was upended in the Sporting box and O’Neill cooly slotted the ball home to seal the three points . Lisburn grabbed a late consulation but the game ended with a well deserved win for the reserves .
MOTM : Matthew Heagney.
Squad : Luke Donaghy , Adam Watson , Matthew Stewart , Matthew Kelly , Cameron McMullan , Barrie Kelly , Matthew Heagney , Wilson Tavares , Kyle McMullan , Johnny O’Neill , Kyle Devlin , Miguel Alvin , Stevie Arrell , Conal Kilpatrick.
CYFC Reserves before their game against Sporting Lisburn Reserves.
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