CYFC12s defeated Coalisland Young StarsLast Saturday Cookstown Youth U12s entertained Coalisland Young Stars at Mid Ulster Sports Arena and won convincingly in a one sided affair. The Cookstown boys took the game to their opponents and never let up up throughout the whole game. Their free flowing passing game and ruthlessness in front of goal were far too much for the Coalisland team.Goals in the first half from Michael Mc Elhatton,Eoin Mc Cracken,Shea Mc Cann and Ben Mc Adoo gave the home team a half time advantage. The Cookstown lads started the second half in similar fashion and never gave the Coalisland boys a chance to settle.David Monaghan was causing the Coalisland defence all sorts of problems with his direct running and crossing.Scott Gillis in the Cookstown goal was a virtual spectator throughout the game and the defence of Harry Bownes,Kristian Levsins,Ben Mc Adoo and Charlie Hawker were rarely troubled.Further goals from Michael Mc Elhatton,Kai Lamont,Keegan Hampsey and Shea Mc Cann made for a convincing scoreline to the Cookstown Youth boys at the end. This was a good team performance from the Cookstown Youth U12s and a good warm up for the start of the League Cup next weekend.


CYFC13s 5-1 Magherafelt Sky Blues

Cookstown started this game as they finished the last by pressing Sky Blues from kick off and working really hard for each other.
After missing a few early chances Cookstown finally made the breakthrough after 12 mins when some good play down the right side resulted in Donnelly crossing the ball which dropped to Donaghy. His shot got blocked but Shea O’Hare was on hand to drill the rebound into the corner for a well deserved lead . With Hurl and Devlin marshalling the defence, it was soon 2-0 when Shea again finished a great cross from his brother Sean with a header into the top corner.
The second half began as the first ended with more goals. Kane and Murphy linked well to get the ball into the feet of Donaghy  who turned on the penalty spot and curled the ball into the corner for 3-0.
Then a few mins later it was 4. This time O’Donnell burst through the sky blues defence and crossed for the onrushing Forbes who headed past the keeper, giving him no chance. Cookstown brought on Larmour, Devlin, McNally and Ferguson to freshen things up and after all the energy used by the players it was great to be able to bring on good players to see the game through. With 10 mins left sky blues pulled 1 back giving Martin in goals no chance  with a good finish . Cookstown then got the last goal of the day to cap of their best performance of the season so far when another lung busting run from MOM O’Donnell was deservedly finished by himself into the top corner of the net. Cookstown can carry loads of positives into next week’s trip to Maiden City Academy.

Squad: Martin, Donnelly, Se O’Hare, Hurl, C Devlin, Forbes, O’Donnell, Kane, Sh O’Hare, Murphy, Donaghy, Larmour, Ferguson, McNally and D Devlin.


CYFC 13s (MUYL) v Craigavon city

Both teams started slowly. 15 minutes in and the coaches made a change on the left wing by bringing on Jeffers which was instant  with passing between him and Mccallin Jeffers found the top corner. Shortly after Mccallin got him self on the scoresheet Armstrong got two and Farley got one going into the first half 5-0 up.
With the game over at that the coaches decided to try out new positions for the players for experience which turned out to the  good with another 6 goals and a clean sheet for the new keeper Brownlee
With two tough games in the last two weeks it was good to get one like this.
Man of the match Mccallin.

Mccallin,Armstrong, Darby,Devlin,Jeffers, Leek,Brownlee,Heagney,Morrison,Farley,Mccann,Graham,Whitten,Harvey and O’Neill

Craigavon City v CYFC 15s

Cookstown travelled to take on Craigavon City on Saturday in the league. Cookstown started brightly and found themselves taking an early lead through C. Mallon. Cookstown continued to control the game and quickly doubled their lead through A. Traill followed by a third through E. O’Neill. A lack in concentration allowed Craigavon to pull one back before the break. Cookstown continued to dominate possession and created numerous chances. S. Coleman was next to get himself on the score sheet following a driving run down the left hand side. This was quickly followed by C. McGonigle beating the full back before slotting the ball into the back on the net.

E. Donnelly, D. Banas, C. Robb, P. Monaghan, J. Donnelly, J. McElkennon, S. Coleman, L. Patterson, A. Trail, B. Tereso, C. McGonigle, C. Mallon, E. O’Neill

Harry Cavan Cup

Cookstown Youth U18 4 – 1 Portadown Thirds

CYFC 18s meet portadown 3rds in the 1st round. Cookstown started out very strong and put portadown under pressure. Within 5minutes cookstown got there 1st goal by keifer scott. Portadown then equalized and it was 1 all at half time. Second half cookstown scored there second goal by mark lamour followed up by a third goal by mark. With cookstown in control of the game Keifer Scott added a 4th goal.



Cookstown Youth 2 Sofia Farmer 3

CYFC 1st were knocked out of the Crawford Cup last Saturday in a very entertaining match against the very Talked about Sofia Farmer.

Cookstown created the 1st attempt on goal when Mark Megarry linked well to set up Ali Young but his shot was saved by the keeper. The home team were finding it hard to get the ball of the very talented Sofia players and it was a great move that they took the lead. Their best player on the day the No 9 picked the ball up deep in the Mid-Field and 4 Passes later he was through on goal and scored past Luke Donaghy in the home goal for 1-0 on 10 minutes. The home team got more into the match after this and Megarry was always a threat up front and it was Magerry who won a header again to put young in again but the keeper was again quick of his line to make a good save. Minutes later Young pulled up with injured and was replaced by Drew Kelly on 23 minutes. Cookstown were now keeping the ball better with Steven McElhatton and Jordon Glasgow working overtime to contain and keep the ball of the Sofia players. Barrie Kelly made a good break on the right and his cross found Megarry but his header was just over. McElhatton had two shots from 22 yards out that just went wide as well on 30 and 32 minutes. on 40 minutes a great passing move from the home side put in Megarry but instead of having a shot with only the keeper to beat he tried to pass the ball to Kelly but the pass was blocked. The game was very much end to end in the final 10 minutes of the half and at time tempers were at boiling point. Drew Kelly, Megarry and Glasgow all went close for the home team but it was Sofia who added to the score just before the break. Again it was the No.9 picking the ball up 35 yards out on the Left and spotted Donaghy of his line and his quick shot found the top corner of the net for 2-0.

Cookstown came out the 2nd half and took the game to Sofia with Drew Kelly and Megarry going close in the opening minutes. The home team were now getting alot closer to the Sofia No.9 and kept the ball alot more with McElhatton and Glasgow now dominating the Mid-field. Cookstown got back into the game on 60 minutes when Drew Kelly did well on the right and his good cross was not cleared but the Sofia Defenders and Johnny O’Neill was on Hand to head home for 2-1. Cookstown kept the pressure up and brought on Ryan O’Neill and Keiffer Scott. for the final 25 Minutes and it was O’Neill that almost got his side level with a great free kick that the keeper just managed to keep out. O’Neill then linked well with Kelly and he sit up Megarry how shot just wide. Sofia were always a danger on the break but the back four of Scott, Leslie, Stewart and Dardis stood up well and put their bodies on the line with some greatly timed tackles and the Sofia player never had a shot to trouble Donaghy. With the game still played at a quick pace and the Sofia players trying very trick in the book to waste time once more tempters were at boiling point with a few hard tackles going in from both teams the referees was a very busy man keeping the game under control and booking players from both team. On 80 minutes Cookstown drew level from a great move that started on the left wing and ended up with Megarry passing to Drew Kelly on the right who broke into the box and scored into the far corner for 2-2. Again both team kept up the tempo but it was Sofia who scored another remarkable goal. Their centre half controlled a long kick from Home keeper Donaghy and hit a shot from inside his own half and with Keeper Donaghy not able to get back the ball sailed over his head and into the back of the net to the disbelief of the players and supporters. Cookstown ones more pushed for the equaliser and in injury time an O’neill cross found Megarry unmarked but his header from 6 yards out was over the bar.

L Donaghy, J Scott, J Leslie, G Dardis, P Stewart, S McElhatton, J Glasgow, J O’Neill, B Kelly, M Megarry, A Young, D Kelly, R O’Neill, K Scott, R Rocks, A Keane




Cookstown Youth Reserves entertained the league leaders, Goodyear Reserves at MUSA on Saturday past.

Due to the days fixtures the Reserves called up a number of the under 17 squad and started the game with no subs on the bench.

This was always going to be a very tight game after the teams shared the spoils in the first game of the season but from the start Goodyear looked a different team.

With the game not too old failure to clear a corner saw CYFC Res go 1-0 down.

The remainder of the first half saw Tyler Anderson and Kyle McMullan control the midfield and nothing was getting past the back four of Sam Hardy, Adam Glasgow, David Millar and Jack Turkinton.

Wilson Travares and Cameron McMullan where giving CYFC good width.

The Goodyear keeper pulled of a couple of excellent saves to keep them in the game. Towards the end of the half Chris Britton saw a miss-timed tackle result in a yellow card

Cookstown Youth Res came out in the second half full of determination and were bossing the game leaving Goodyear playing on the break.

The arrival of the subs bench from the under 19 game saw a few changes with Stevie Arrell replacing Britton, Ryan Dobson came on for Turkinton and a reshuffle in the middle of the park kept things going.

Cookstown pressed and the pressure paid off when Arrell was released before smashing the ball under the keeper from a tight angle.

CYFC Res goalkeeper Darren McKernan had little to do but was called upon to make an excellent save to keep the game all square.

As CYFC Res pushed for a winner the Goodyear keeper was equal to it with some fine saves the most notable from an Anderson pile driver which somehow he kept out.

So it finished as per the first meeting between these sides and CYFC Res maintain their unbeaten league record.

Joint Managers McKenzie and Kelly were delighted with the result. A point against the league leaders which could have been 3 bar their goal keeper isn’t a bad afternoon’s work.

Man of the match was Tyler Anderson who gave a superb performance on his senior debut.


Thanks go to the Royal Hotel for the after match refreshments.




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