CYFC MATCH REPORTS FROM SATURDAY 1st APRIL 2017

CYFC MATCH REPORTS FROM SATURDAY 1st APRIL 2017

On Saturday 1 April  CYFC under 11 were away to Lurgan Town predators. Coming off the back of some good results including a win over Dungannon Youth last week, CYFC were determined to maintain momentum.

Lurgan started the strongest of the two teams and the Cookstown boys were slow to get into their stride. Jack McClure, Luke McElkennon, Jack Quinn and Tom Wilkinson kept a strong back line to keep the score level.

The tide started to turn as the CYFC midfield of Matej Kluka, Peter McClean, Aaron Quinn and Luke Neeson put their mark on the game winning the majority of the tackles in the middle of the park. It wasn’t too long before the breakthrough came. Luke Neeson won the ball form a Lurgan free kick, weaving through a number of players to bury the ball in the back of the net ! This was quickly followed by a wonderfully crafted goal from Peter McLean dancing around 4 players to bury the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

James Bell and Aaron Quinn added to the tally of goals before half time. The second half saw the introduction of Jamie Barry, Tom Bell, Gary Simpson, Chris Ward and Jack Kearney. The fresh legs made an instant impact with an injection of pace that Lurgan found difficult to deal with. Within 3 minutes Jack Kearney broke from the halfway line and finished nicely. He soon followed up with another impressive burst of pace, holding off a number of Lurgan players to drill the ball into the back of the net again.

Not to be out done, Chris Ward also got himself on the score sheet with a great individual run down the wing beating a number of players with some fancy footwork, slotting the ball past the keepers near post. James Bell completed the scoring with an impressive run from the halfway line bringing his tally to an impressive 25 Goals for the season so far!

Both Tom Bell and Jamie Barry went close on a number of occasions, making some great some great runs and beating players at will.

An impressive win from a young team with strength in depth making its mark in the Mid Ulster league. Gary Simpson also made a good return to the team with some strong defending helping to keep a clean sheet.

Team – Jack McClure, Luke McElkennon, Jack Quinn, Tom Wilkinson, Luke Neeson, Aaron Quinn, Matej Kluka, Peter McLean, James Bell, Jamie Barry, Tom Bell, Gary Simpson, Chris Ward, Jack Kearney.

Cyfc u13s 7 -1

After a very disappointing semi final loss the week before, Cookstown set out to make amends. The youth team started full of energy after an inspired team talk.

Whitten started with  a string of attacks up the right with precision passing with O’Neill who in turn layed it of to Darby and Armstrong.

It was Armstrong who was brought down and was awarded a penalty which he sloted in with ease.

The Cookstown team dominated throughout the game. With goals from Armstrong 4 Darby 1 and Adams 2.  But man of the match was a tough one to call with Armstrong, Whitten and Adams in with a shout. But the whole team played their  part!

Whitten, O’Neill, Morrison, Leek, Jeffers, Sheehy,Mccann, Adams, Mcvey, Darby, Armstrong, Graham and Devlin.

 

Cookstown u13s 3-0 Ridgeway

Following on from last week’s match v Greenisland, Cookstown were on home ground for the visit of the Belfast side. Buoyed by the return of Paddy Monaghan and Michael Forbes, the boys were at full strength for arguably the first time since January. A dogged defensive effort, coupled by hard work and perseverance meant the boys recorded win number 4 of 7 in the National League A section. Under pressure early on, Hurl, Devlin and Donnelly stood up well to the task to protect their keeper. Kane, O’Donnell and Donaghy were working hard in the middle while Devlin and O’Hare provided width in attack. The opener came from Shea O’Hare who beat 3 defenders before slotting home his 20th of the season. McNally was working tirelessly in an effort to gain possession for the home side who were not having things their own way. At half time, Murphy, Ferguson and Forbes were introduced to give a fresh feel on a heavy pitch. Any nerves were eased when a corner found its way to Callan Devlin to score with his head. Monaghan needed to be on his toes on occasions as Ridgeway threatened to pull one back. Larmour came on for added pace and fresh legs as Cookstown tried to cement their margin. In the dying minutes Devlin added another headed goal from a Forbes free kick to put the gloss on the scoreline, one which was slightly closer than it suggested. However the squad each played their part and can delighted with another win as the coaches certainly are! The boys go to Coleraine next week.

 

 

UNDER 17 SEAL MID-ULSTER LEAGUE TITLE

 

RATHFRILLAND YOUTH — 1

COOKSTOWN YOUTH — 1

 

COOKSTOWN YOUTH DESERVEDLY CLINCHED THE MID-ULSTER YOUTH LEAGUE TITLE BY FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THEIR NEAREST CHALLENGERS TO EARN THE DRAW THAT THEY NEEDED. MARTIN McCRACKEN HAD AN EARLY SHOT PARRIED AND TYLER ANDERSON LOOKED TO HAVE A SIMPLE TASK BUT LIFTED HIS EFFORT AGAINST THE BAR. MATTHEW SCOTT BLAZED AN EFFORT WELL OVER AND TOM BLACK HAD A LOW SHOT WELL SAVED. AT THE OTHER END JAMIE CAMPBELL MADE AN EXCELLENT STOP AND SAM HARDY CLEARED ANOTHER LOB OFF THE LINE. RATHFRILLAND TOOK THE LEAD WITH A SPECTACULAR FREE KICK GIVING JAMIE CAMPBELL NO CHANCE. COOKSTOWN TOOK CONTROL OF THE SECOND HALF AND MATTHEW SCOTT CROSSED FOR LEE GLASGOW TO SHOT HIGH FORCING A GOOD STOP FROM THE KEEPER. MARTIN McCRACKEN SMASHED A LEFT FOOT EFFORT JUST OVER AND THEN TYLER ANDERSON SURPRISED THE KEEPER WITH A LONG RANGE SHOT BUT IT HIT THE INSIDE OF THE POST. EVENTUALLY THE PERSISTANCE PAID OFF WITH ANDERSON`S FREE KICK FUMBLED BY THE KEEPER AND LEE GLASGOW ON HAND TO APPLY THE FINISH. AN EXCITING END TO THE GAME WAS INEVITABLE AND KAELUM IRVINE ALMOST SCORED DIRECTLY FROM A CORNER KICK AND RYAN McFARLAND ALSO HAD A STRONG RUN HALTED BY A LAST DITCH TACKLE. RATHFRILLAND HAD ONE FINAL CHANCE TO SPOIL THE PARTY BUT JAMIE CAMPBELL NARROWED THE ANGLE AND THE ENSUING SHOT STRUCK THE POST AND WAS CLEARED TO SAFETY. A GREAT ACHEIVMENT FOR THE SQUAD TO WIN THE LEAGUE AND REMAIN UNDEFEATED THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGNE.

 

CYFC: JAMIE CAMPBELL, JAKE CROOKS, KAELUM IRVINE, SAM HARDY, JACK TURKINGTON, BRENDAN DAVEY, TYLER ANDERSON, RYAN McFARLAND, MATTHEW SCOTT, MARTIN McCRACKEN, TOM BLACK, LAUL LIVDVINAVICIAS, MARC GLASGOW, JOSEPH WILSON, DEAN BIGGER, LEE GLASGOW

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