CYFC MATCH REPORTS FROM SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2017.

CYFC MATCH REPORTS FROM SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2017.

CYFC 11s v Armagh City

On Saturday Cookstown travelled to Holm Park where they faced Armagh City in the second round of the knockout cup. After an impressive win last week, Cookstown were hoping to carry this momentum into Saturday’s fixture.
Cookstown began the game the stronger of the two sides and controlled the game for the opening 15 minutes with Luke Neeson and Aaron Quinn doing well in midfield. In a very closely contested opening to the half neither side created many chances. Armagh soon began to press high up the pitch. Cookstown were under pressure on the ball and   Jack McClure in the Cookstown goal along with the back line of Jack Quinn, Luke McElkennon and Conall Sheehy had to disciplined to keep Armagh at bay. Cookstown were struggling to use any width and create chances for the lone striker James Bell. Despite being under pressure, Cookstown kept trying to get forward which resulted in them being awarded several corner kicks. It was from these set pieces that Cookstown had their best chances to take the lead. Peter McLean’s delivery was superb but none of the Cookstown players were able to get the vital touch to knock the ball in. Armagh continued to press Cookstown in their own half and they earned a corner of their own on the stroke of half time. A moments lapse in concentration saw Armagh given the chance to take the corner quickly and their onrushing player was able to finish at the front post before Cookstown got themselves organised.
After the half time break, Cookstown came out trying to use more width from Chris Ward and Peter McLean to attack the Armagh defence. Cookstown started the second half with much more sharpness and soon into the half Peter McLean had an effort on goal that was unlucky to hit the crossbar. James Bell was doing well to press Armagh back with Aaron Quinn and Luke Neeson also working hard. With Cookstown looking to keep the pressure on Thomas Greer, Jack Kearney and Jamie Kerrigan were introduced. Jamie Kerrigan immediately began reorganising the midfield and played some good touches while Thomas Greer offered some good deliveries from the left hand side. Armagh were holding onto their lead but again Cookstown came close when a Peter McLean free kick was saved and Jack Kearney was just unable to bundle the ball over the line. Armagh continued to hold on and managed to score a second after some good play down the right hand side before they were able to strike past the unlucky Jack McClure. Cookstown then made another attacking change when Tom Bell was brought on in an attempt to bring Cookstown back into the game. Tom Wilkinson also came on as part of the Cookstown back line and made some brilliant tackles to win the ball back and get Cookstown up the pitch. Cookstown began to look dangerous when going forward, however it was not to be their day as Armagh remained disciplined at the back to hold onto their two goal lead. Cookstown will look to get back to winning ways again next week when they travel to play Glenavon in the semi final of the cup. Cookstown squad Jack McClure, Jack Quinn, Luke McElkennon, Conall Sheehy, Aaron Quinn (c), Luke Neeson,Chris Ward, Peter McLean, James Bell, Jamie Kerrigan, Tom Bell, Jack Kearney, Thomas Greer, Tom Wilkinson

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CYFC 15s v Annalong

Cookstown welcomed Annalong to MUSA on Saturday in the league. The visiting side started brightly and immediately put pressure on the home side, and opened the scoring within the first five minutes. Full of confidence Annalong continued to press the home side and capitalised on errors to scored another two goals in quick succession. As the game continued into the half , Cookstown came into the game and had several half chances to gain a goal back but could not find the breakthrough before the break. The second half was a more even affair with both teams creating several half chances. Annalong scored a fourth following play down their right hand side before A. Trail pulled one back for the home side.
E. Donnelly, D. Banas, C. Robb, J. Glendinning, P. Monaghan, J. McElkennon, A. Trail, B. Tereso, E. O’Neill, A. Levsins, C. McGonigle, L. Patterson, J. Donnelly

CYFC 15s 04.02.17

COOKSTOWN YOUTH UNDER 17 — 1

ARMAGH CITY UNDER 17 — 2

 

COOKSTOWN STARTED WELL BUT STILL WENT A GOAL BEHIND AS A GREAT STRIKE ON THEIR FIRST SERIOUS ATTACK BEAT JAMIE CAMPBELL`S DIVE. IT WAS SOON 2-0 WITH AN EVEN BETTER FINISH FROM A FREE KICK. THE SECOND HALF SAW THE GAME SWINGING IN COOKSTOWNS` FAVOUR WITH MARTIN McCRACKEN AND TYLER ANDERSON GOING CLOSE. THEN TOM BLACK`S CHEEKY FINISH GAVE THEM REAL BELIEF AND AFTER THIS SEVERAL GREAT CHANCES CAME AND WENT WITH MARTIN McCRACKEN, RYAN McFARLAND AND TYLER ANDERSON ALL SO CLOSE. ARMAGH ALSO HAD CHANCES TO SEAL THE GAME ON THE COUNTER ATTACK BUT COOKSTOWN WILL WONDER HOW THEY FAILED TO TURN THIS GAME COMPLETELY AROUND WITH THE AMOUNT OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY CREATED.

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IFA JUNIOR CUP
NEWRY CELTIC  3 COOKSTOWN YOUTH 2 ( AET]
CYFC Seniors traveledlast Sat  to Newry in the IFA Junior cup. A quarter final place awaited the victors of the tie.
The match started very scrappy as the pitch looked more like a rugby pitch than a football pitch. Neither team could take a strangle hold of the game due to the poor conditions. Larmour did have the ball in the Celtic goal both was adjudged to have been offside. On the 28th minute Newry took the lead. Poor defensive play by the CYFC back four allowed a Celtic player to shoot past McEllhatton in the Cokksown goal. Within minutes that lead was doubled when the Newry offensive line breached the high line of Cookstown and the on coming McEllhatton clipped the Newry attacker in the box and the ref pointed for a penalty.Newry made no mistake from the penalty to make it 2.0after 30 mins played.  Cookstown Youth dug in and reduced Newrys lead when Dardis tapped  into the net from a Megarry flick on. Just before half time James Leslie went off injured and was replaced by Jack Wilson.
Cookstown Youth started the second half with more aggression and had more of the possession for the first 10 minutes of the second half.Celtic were prepared to soak up all the CYFC pressure and then hit Cookstown on the counter attack. CYFC leveled the score when from a Larmour throw Keifer Scott dribbled past a motionless Newry defence and put in and inch perfect cross into the box and there was Megarry to head the ball into the Newry net and make the tie all square. Newry stepped up nother gear and only for the brilliance of McEllhatton in the CYFC goal the local team would have taken the lead again. Twice from freekicks McEllhatton saved when goals looked certain. Cookstown in the second half had over 70% of possesion put could not turn it into goals. With the game set for extra time both Kelly and McKenna came on for Glasgow and Steven McEllhatton. Newry Celtic had a chance at the death when a diving header just went the wrong side of the Cookstown goal.With no winner within 90 mins of play extra time was required.At the start of extra time CYFC threw everything but the kitchen sink at Newry but the local side were again content to soak up the pressure. With only minutes left of the first half of extra time the referee did not give Cookstown a freekick for a blatant foul and the Newry side picked the ball up and put the ball into the box and there was the Newry centre forward who was in an obvious off side position put the ball into the Cookstown net to make it  3. 2 on the day. The second half of extra time Newry were on the back foot and could not get out of their own half.. CYFC pushed and pushed for and equaliser but it was to no avail and the local team ran out 3.2  winners were they now progress into the quarter final of the IFA junior cup.
This Sat 11th Feb CYFC Seniors are again in action when the take on Brantwood res in the Canada Trophy which the Cookstown team are holders. The tie will be played at MUSA WITH A 1.30PM KO
CYFC Seniors team
G McEllhatton, Leslie,Dardis,Glasgow,Stewart, S McEllhatton,D McEllhatton, Scott, O,Neill, Larmour ,Megarry
Subs
Wilson,Kelly McKenna
Banbridge YCOB Reserves v CYFC Reserves.
This was a must win game for the reserves against a Banbridge team who also knew they needed the three points also to keep their league title campaign alive.
CYFC started with Luke Donaghy in goals , Stevie Arrell , David Miller , Matthew Stewart and Josh Adams at the back , in midfield were Ryan Dobson , Matthew Heagney , Philip McGarvey , Kyle McMullan and up front Johnny O’Niell along with Richard McMenemy which left Matthew Kelly , Kyle Devlin , Adam Bell and Adam Keane on the bench.
The first half was a tight affair and most of the action was in the midfield were Heagney and McGarvey were in the thick of the action along with McMullan who put severel great crosses into the home box only for them to be cleared . The first goal of the game came from an unlikely source when a Heagney header was clear by the Banbridge defence as far as centre back Miller who poked the ball over the line to give the visitors a deserved lead. Both teams continued to battle hard and Luke Donaghy in the Cookstown goal pulled of a couple of great saves to keep the lead however a mistake from the reserves defence allowed Banbridge in on goal and Donaghy had no chance with the equaliser .
The second half was something similar with end to end action from both teams with Cookstown introducing Kelly , Bell and Keane into the fray and Kelly came close with a great headed effort from an O’Niell cross , McMenemy produced some sintalating moves and space only to see his shots go wide or saved by the home keeper and O’Niell was unlucky with a couple of free kicks as was Arrell. As in the first half Donaghy continued to be sublime in goals and made some severel fingertip[ saves . The game was heading towards a draw when up popped that man McMenemy in the last minute to finish a great attacking move which started at the back with Keane , 2  1 to CYFC Reserves final score.
This was a fantastic win for the reserves in what was probably the best and hardest game of the season so far and a credit to both teams.
The CYFC Reserves management team of Kelly and McKenzie apologise to Kyle Devlin who didn’t get on and also congratulate the whole squad for the effort shown during the game, and also a word of thanks to Banbridge YCOB for the post game refreshments.
Man of The Match : Luke Donaghy.
Luke Donaghy , reserves Man of The Match against Banbridge YCOB.
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