CYFC 11s

On Saturday Cookstown played Enniskillen Rangers. The boys were hoping for the all important three points which would see them qualify from the group stage and guarantee them a place in the quarter final of the league cup.
From the start Cookstown looked the more dominant side, with the midfield of Aaron Quinn, Matej Kluka, Chris Ward and Jamie Barry controlling most of the play. The first half saw Cookstown play some nice football and create some good chances when going forward but they were just unable to find a breakthrough. Cookstown continued to press on determined for a goal with Luke Neeson working hard to create chances as the lone striker. Conall Sheehy and Jack Quinn were calm on the ball and impressive in dealing with the Enniskillen forward play while Jack McClure in the Cookstown goal ensured the back line were well organised. Cookstown continued to have efforts on goal with Jamie Barry, Aaron Quinn and Matej Kluka all going close. With Enniskillen under pressure, Cookstown eventually opened the scoring just before the break when some good build up play from midfield saw the ball played wide by Matej Kluka before it was played in to Chris Ward to score the important opener.
The beginning of the second half saw Cookstown under pressure from Enniskillen. However, Cookstown regained control of possession and with it their confidence grew and they pushed for goals. Peter McLean, Rory O’Neill, James Bell and Jamie Kerrigan were all introduced as Cookstown kept the Enniskillen defenders under pressure. Peter McLean was causing trouble and was unlucky not to score as he had two efforts which hit both the post and the crossbar. Minutes later, Cookstown scored another when Matej Kluka carried the ball forward and hit a fantastic strike from the edge of the box into the bottom right corner of the net. Cookstown were keeping the ball well in midfield and their sustained pressure resulted in several good chances. Jamie Kerrigan then scored a Cookstown third when he was first to react to a loose ball in the box and fire the ball home. Cookstown were now firmly in control of the game and Peter McLean continued to deliver quality crosses into the box from the right hand side. The final Cookstown goal came when James Bell did well down the left hand side to beat his marker before squaring the ball to Jamie Kerrigan who was on hand to finish again. Cookstown were now hoping for a clean sheet and Tom Wilkinson was brought on and made some very important interceptions to keep the Enniskillen side out.
Overall, Cookstown were dominant in possession and solid defensively. The boys were pleased to secure a place a place in the quarter final of the cup and look forward to next week when they meet Armagh to see who will finish top of the qualifying group.
Cookstown squad: JackMcClure, Jack Quinn, Conall Sheehy, Aaron Quinn (c), Matej Kluka, Jamie Barry, Chris Ward, Luke Neeson, Jamie Kerrigan, James Bell, Peter McLean, Rory O’Neill, Tom Wilkinson, Ethan Gordon




CYFC u13s 3-2 Enniskillen Rangers  (MUYL)

Conditions were near perfect on Saturday morning for football.

Cookstown started of with some slick passing from O’Neill, Whitten and Devlin the Cookstown team was full of confidence. As time passed by after hitting the woodwork and making their goalie do all the work from nowhere Enniskillen broke through. with confusion from the centre backs a penalty was awarded with an untimely tackle.

With Enniskillens converted spot kick they grew in confidence and got themselfs another goal at the end of the half.

After a half time team talk the boys started like the first half chance after chance till finally a through ball from Adems to Armstrong the goalie didn’t have a chance it was game on.

The second came much the same as the first only Heagney was the deliver Armstrong on two. With Armstrong having the game of his life  broke through the defence only to be fouled by the defender who was shown a red it was free kick from outside the box.

Armstrong again steps up to take it. over the wall and into the top corner a fantastic goal to finish a superb come back.

Man of the match Armstrong.

Team Mccallin, Mccann Leek Hobson, O’Neill, Whitten, Devlin, Morrison, Brownlee, Harvey, Armstrong, Darby,Heagney and Adams.





Cookstown Youth u13 2-1 Limavady
Cookstown secured their status in section A of the National League after Christmas when the league splits thanks to a come-from-behind victory at MUSA. For the first time this year Cookstown came from behind to secure the win they needed thanks to Conor Kane and Callan Devlin. The visitors started brightest and were rewarded for their energy when their centre forward beat the offside trap to slot past the best attempts of the otherwise excellent Jack Martin. Cookstown needed a response and it was Shea O’Hare who set the wheels in motion with a thunderous effort off the inside of the post as well as having one cleared off the line as the home team pushed. The equaliser came 5 minutes from half time when the ball was flicked on by Ferguson to Kane. His first touch set the ball up to be hit and that he did; the keeper could only help it into the corner. This served as a energetic potion to the boys as from then on it was all Cookstown. Forbes, O’Donnell and Kane were controlling the midfield while O’Hare, Ferguson and Larmour were now more influential in proceedings. Donnelly and O’Hare were constant outlets at full back while Hurl and Devlin kept things steadier after the equaliser. Murphy and Devlin were brought on to push for the winner and it came but not before Shea O’Hare hit the post for the second time. A wonderful corner was met forcefully by Callan Devlin as Forbes also ended up the net seeking that winner. Martin was called into action straight after and made two superb saves from consecutive free kicks to preserve the lead. Cookstown had a few more chances through McNally and Donaghy but will settle for the deserved 2-1 victory that secures a seat at the top table of u13 football in Northern Ireland.
Squad: Martin, Donnelly, Se O’Hare, Hurl, C Devlin, Forbes, O’Donnell, Kane, Sh O’Hare, Larmour, Ferguson, McNally, Donaghy, D Devlin and Murphy.
MOTM: Jack Martin. Super stops and confidence rising.




Rathfriland v CYFC 14s

Cookstown Youth U14’s played Rathfriland Youth in the in the fourth round of the League Cup at Rathfriland on Saturday. Both teams were evenly matched in the early stages with both creating good chances to score. Rathfriland went ahead midway through the first half and scored again soon after. Cookstown responded and when a delightful pass from Ballentine was collected by Smith he calmly chipped the keeper. Cookstown began the second half well and should have equalised but for an excellent save from the keeper denying Smith a second.  Cookstown were unfortunate to concede a late goal that put the match beyond them.

Final Score – Rathfriland Youth 3 – CYFC 1




CYFC 15s v Portadown

Cookstown welcomed Portadown to MUSA on Saturday in the league following a break last week. Cookstown started the better of the two sides but where struggling to create any clear cut chances. Portadown were playing on the break and their centre forward found himself one on one with E. Donnelly but the Cookstown keeper pulled off the save with the defence mopping up. This was the wake up called needed and Cookstown began to put more pressure on the Portadown defence. Following a series of corners B. Tereso opening the scoring with a header, the lead was quickly doubled with C. McGonigle getting himself on the score sheet.  Cookstown added a third just before the half with A. Traill. Cookstown started the second half with intent and with J. Donnelly and A. Levsins controlling the midfield this allowed numerous chances to be created. First S. Coleman was played through who made no mistake one on one with the keeper and slotted it into the bottom corner, followed by E. O’Neill scoring from just outside the box. Cookstown continued to dominate the second half to see out the game.
E. Donnelly, C. Robb, J. Glendinning, J. Donnelly, J. McElkennon, S. Coleman, A. Traill, B. Tereso, C. McGonigle, E. O’Neill, A. Levsins




CYFC u16s 0 Ardstraw 5 The young sizzlers made the long trip to Newtownstewart last Saturday to face league leaders Ardstraw in the Mid Ulster League Cup. It was always gonna be a tough ask for the Cookstown boys against the best side in the league with Dean Bigger, Iarlaith Donaghy and Jake Fraser all missing in action but the lads started brightly in the opening 10 minutes. Unfortunately a lack of communication  at the back led to Ardstraw’s opener on 15 minutes. Cookstown went really close 3 minutes later when a rasping 30 yard drive from Shane Murphy struck the crossbar with the rebounded finish from Lee Glasgow deemed from an off side position. Murphy struck the woodwork again with another wonderful strike before Ardstraw hit a second just before halftime. Unfortunately despite the lads best efforts and a couple of great strikes from Lee Glasgow and two fine saves from Keelan Gault, Ardstraw struck three more without reply. Ardstraw were comfortable winners on the day but the boys all never gave up and put in a good shift against a formidable side. Home to Banbridge next Saturday in the league cup as the u16s try to get their cup campaign up and running. TEAM: K. Gault, A. Montgomery, R. Mullan, B. Patterson, B. McErlean, K. Cahoon,  T. Mackle, F.Silva, S. Murphy, H. Wilson, L. Glasgow, J. Wilson, M. Mauro, P. Gabrysiak , M. Hodgson.




Armagh City 2 CYFC 17s 2


Cookstown went ahead with a freak Matthew Scott corner evading everyone and going straight in. Cookstown pushed for another goal and Tom Black applied the finish from a long throw in. Armagh pulled a goal back just after half time with a good strike helped home by a Cookstown defender. Great determination from Tom Black set up Ryan McFarland who slotted wide with the goal empty. Martin McCracken had a good chance to finish it off but shot into the side netting with his left foot. Cookstown seemed to have held firm but in the final minute a clearance was charged down and ran kindly for the home team to equalize. A 2-2 draw is still a fair result for the Cookstown lads. Good displays from Brendan Davey, Tom Black and Kaelum Irvine.



A hat trick by Mark Megarry and goals from Mark Larmour and Paul Stewart seen CYFC Seniors take 3 points in the local derby with Desertmartin Swifts. This hard fought victory sees the Cookstown team starting to slowly rise up a few places within the Ballymena Div1 league.
CYFC Res 1 Valley Rangers Res 2
The Reserves miserable run of results continued against Kilkeel based Valley Rangers Reserves in the Mid Ulster League Cup , however the result was the only miserable thing as the Cookstown boys put in probably the best performance of the season against a team two leagues above them.
The Reserves went one up with a Stevie Arrell penalty after Matthew Heagney was upended in the box. Matthew Kelly and Heagney were fantastic in the midfield and Gareth McElhattons distripution from the back was outstanding and with Drew Kelly and Richard McMenemy up front the home team did cause the the visitors a few problems. Rangers brought the game level and then took the lead with two great strikes which is the way the game finished . Man of The Match was Adam Watson at right back who missed nothing the whole game.
Squad : Gareth McElhatton , Adam Watson, David Millar, Adam Keane , Jack Wilson, Wilson Tavares, Matthew Heagney , Matthew Kelly , Stevie Arrell , Drew Kelly , Richard McMenemy , subs : Kyle Devlin , Miguel Alin , Kyle McMullan.

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