CYFC 14s v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Cookstown Youth U14’s played Magherafelt Sky Blues in the Quarter final of the MUYL KO Cup at Fairhill playing fields on Saturday. Both teams were fairly evenly matched in the early stages with both creating chances; the visitors took the lead midway through the first half. Cookstown equalised early in the second half when a brilliant pass by C.Davidson split the visitors defence, it reached Ekiert who drew the defenders then laid off a pass to Smith who had time to settle and fire past the keeper. The match continued to be evenly matched throughout the second half and could have gone either way but it was the visitors who scored twice to seal the win.
Final Score CYFC 14s 1 – Magherafelt 3
Cookstown Youth u13s 1-3 Linfield ( National League)

Cookstown welcomed Linfield to MUSA on Saturday hoping to record three consecutive league wins in the National League. Their illustrious opponents hadn’t lost in the league and that says it all about the challenge. The match was a scrappy affair at times, with the midfield area seeing most of the possession but Cookstown was much the stronger team in the first half with plenty of penetration down the wings. However they found themselves a goal down at half time after some sloppy defending allowed the forward to hammer past Monaghan. O’Donnell, Ferguson and Kane tried to get the boys level and good wing play by Murphy and Devlin almost got O’Hare in but the defender made a great tackle. At half time the boys knew they were still capable of a win and the returning Michael Forbes was introduced. Immediately his shot was closed down for a corner and from the kick Devlin’s header shaved the outside of the post. O’Hare and Donnelly were moving forward with confidence while Hurl was busy as always. Larmour and McNally were introduced as Cookstown sought an equaliser but the killer blow was dealt when a cross was inadvertently turned into his own net by a Cookstown defender. To rub salt in the wounds another preventable goal was scored with 5 minutes left. Not even Shea O’Hare superb free kick could rescue this game. Cookstown will be bitterly disappointed with the result, knowing they were a match, and more, for Linfield.

Squad: Monaghan, Donnelly, O’Hare, Hurl, Devlin, O’Donnell, Kane, Ferguson, Devlin, O’Hare, Murphy, Larmour, McNally and Forbes

Roe Valley v CYFC 13s (MUYL)
Cookstown stepped out on Saturday morning on a pitch that was hit with two days heavy rain. 

The match was to go ahead.
Cyfc started with a strong defence line up
Of Whitten, Morrison. Mccann,  Adems and the safe hands of Sheehy it was always gonna be tough for the opposition.
Cookstown got of to a flying start seeing plenty of the ball with a  midfield of Oniell, Heagney Devlin and Jeffers who where pushing the ball through the defence of Roe Valley with great skills from Jeffers onto the feet of Armstrong and Darby.
Against the run of play Cookstown went behind. The manager made two changes McCaliion and Leek to settle things down who made an immediate impact. 10 minutes left of the half Devlin won a free kick and from the halfway line he hit a superb ball onto the feet of Armstrong who with great skill levelled the score line for half time.
The second half started like the first with Cookstown on top with changes made left back from Adems to Mcvey who showed great skills at times.5 minutes in Cookstown went ahead with a piece of magic from  Mccallin who laid the ball unto the path of Armstrong who sloted it in.

With an on timely tackle from Roe Valley left Oniell to be replaced by Graham who done a fine job.
Mccallin got on the score himself from a ball in from Jeffers.
Roe Valley pulled one back. With good pass and moment from Heagney and Mccallin got the ball to Armstrong again who put the game out if reach. Man of the match was between Mccallin and Armstrong.
Cyfc 4 – 2 Roe Valley
Having played Brantwood only a few weeks ago in the Canada cup and coming away victors in that tie it was now back to league action for the both of these teams. The previous encounter was closely contested and this tie turned out to be the same. Ryan O,Neill had the first chance of the game when his freekick from just outside the box just went the wrong side of the post. Cookstown were having all the possession and were creating some good goal scoring opportunities. Dardis should have put the local side into the lead from a beautifully flighted corner but he failed to make a good conection with the ball and his effort went over the cross bar. CYFC were dominant in midfield with Kelly, McEllhatton and  O,Neill creating chances for the forward line of Megarry and Mcmenemey. Full back Leslie fluffed his chance from a corner when it looked easier to score for CYFC. Brantwood were happy to play the counter attack game and it nearly paid off . A break away attack by Brantwood lead to one of their forwards being brought down outside the box . The resulting freekick lead to a scrabble in the Cookstown penalty area and it was John Scott who Cleared the lines for CYFC. CYFC midfield maestro Mckenna was pulling the strings in the midfield and it was when he had some great linking play with Leslie that nearly lead to the opening goal. Leslie provided an excellent ball into the box but goal scoring predator Megarry did not have his goal scoring boots on as the Brantwood goalkeeper comfortably saved his effort. Megarry was replaced on the 40th minute by Keifer Scott due to an injury and immediately Scott made his mark on the game.Scott picking up the ball on the half way line attacked Brantwood but he was fouled just outside the box . Barrie Kelly took thew resulting free kick but his effort was deflected wide. With half time fast approaching the dead lock was broken. The youth,s midfield made 15 passes and the final pass was met by sub Scott who unleashed an unstoppable shot from 20 yards out and  past the Brantwood goalkeeper  to give the Cookstown side a well deserved lead going into the break.
Brantwood started the second half lively and they really should have levelled in the first minute of the second half. A long ball clear out from the keeper caught  CYFC napping and Donaghy had to be alert to palm the ball away from the oncoming Brantwood forward. CYFC thought they had got their second goal when O,Neill headed into the net but the ref disallowed the goal due to an infringement that both sides had not seen. Brantwood were now starting to creep into the game and they had a golden chance to level up when from a freekick CYFC goalkeeper only managed to push the ball to the feet of a Brantwood player who then shot and only for the quick thinking of Dardis on the line who cleared the effort, Brantwood would surely have equalised.
Brantwood were now looking the more likely of the 2 teams to score and manager Hunter introduced the fresh legs of Drew Kelly and Keane on for Mcmenemey and Barrie Kelly. Still Brantwood  pushed and they came so very close . Brantwoods number 9 had the goal at his mercy but some how he steered the ball the wrong side of the post much to the disbelief of his team mates. CYFC were now holding on for their dear lives but a clearance from a Brantwood attack found Keifer Scott in acres of space and the youngster ran the half  the length of the and pitch and then calmly slotted the ball past the Brantwood keeper to make it 2.0 the host team with only seconds on the clock. With the game over as a contest the final whistle was blew up for the end of the game .
Donaghy,J Scott, Leslie,Dardis,S McEllhatton, Mckenna, D McEllhatton,B Kelly, O,Neill, Megarry, Mcmenemey
K Scott,Keane,D Kelly Mcgarvey, Stewart.

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