St Marys v CYFC 15s

Cookstown travelled to Portadown People’s Park on Saturday to take on St Mary’s in their final league cup group game. Cookstown started the first half brightly after the Christmas break and immediately put the home side defence under pressure, the break through came five minutes in when C. McGonigle made a good run down the left hand side and slotted past the keeper. Cookstown doubled their lead shortly after when A. Traill found space in the box and made no mistake finding the back of the net. Cookstown continued to dominate the midfield and had a large percentage of possession. Cookstown scored a third when C. Mallon played a one two with A. Traill to fire in from the edge of the box. Cookstown changed formation in the second half and rotated personell to different positions to try a few new things. Cookstown continued to dominate, and S. Coleman found himself on the score sheet from a corner. D. Devlin was next on the score sheet,  after an individual run beating the St Mary’s defence before rolling it past the keeper. J Glendinning scored the final goal after picking the ball up in the box and firing low into far bottom corner.
E. Donnelly, D. Banas, C. Robb, J. Glendinning, P. Monaghan, J. McElkennon, A. Traill, B. Tereso, C. Mallon, D. Devlin, E. O’Neill, A. Levsins, S. Coleman, C. McGonigle, L. Patterson

CYFC 15s before their clash with St Marys , 7.01.17


CYFC 13s (MUYL) v Valley rangers

Cookstown headed to Rathfriland for their last game of 2016.
If Cookstown were to win this it would be eight on a row.
Valley rangers kicked off but we’re immediately dispossessed by Jeffers who made a run at there defenders beat two and sloted it by the keeper. It was one sided affair after that. Jeffers hits the post and three from Armstrong and two from Harvey cyfc we’re happy going into the second half….
Valley rangers stared the second half with a bit more fight won them self’s a free in a dangerous area. Monaghan didn’t stand a chance against the strake that was to follow.
Cookstown pressed agian with Mccallin playing as the new number 10 roll was spreading the ball about with great skill.
With an on timely tackle Mccallin win a penalty which he coolly slots in.
Whitten and Devlin played there part today as well as the defence of O’Neill, Morrison. Mccann. Leek. And the two subs Mcvey who scored 1 and Derby who got 2.
Man of the match went deservedly Matthew Mccallin.
Cyfc 12- 1Valley rangers
Whitten, Devlin, Mccann, Leek, Jeffers, Monaghan, O’Neill, Harvey, Armstrong, Darby, Mcvey, Morrison and McCallion.


CYFC 13s v Glentoran
Cookstown travelled to Glentoran in the National League KO Cup on Saturday knowing the size of the task they faced. Their illustrious opponents have swept all before them this year and recently defeated Cherry Orchard in a Champions Cup final. Glentoran’s movement, desire and ability was superb and they fully deserved their victory. Cookstown battled hard and may feel they could compete even more in the league match coming up but were always chasing when Glentoran opened the scoring in the second minute after a corner was headed home to really turn the heat up. The second and third goals were fine finishes that included an overhead kick from the Glens centre forward; something that was a wow moment in the game. Cookstown had some chances on the break but found it tough going against the Oval Men who added more in the second half to assert their dominance. The boys will have learnt a lot from this game and they didn’t give up the fight despite the difficult situation of the game, very much to their credit. If they can channel that work rate they can begin their National League A campaign on a positive note away to Ballinamallard next Saturday. On this showing however, Glentoran are the team to beat.

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

MOTM: Callan Devlin.



CYFC u16’s 1 Lurgan Town 1 Last Saturday the young sizzlers faced Lurgan in the MUYL in their first fixture of 2017. With no referee in attendance for the third time this season coach Andy Warwick had to step in once again for the fixture to go ahead. Buoyed by their superb win over Lurgan Celtic in their final fixture of 2016 Cookstown started brightly with chances falling to Lee Glasgow, Iarlaith Donaghy and Shane Murphy. As the game moved on it became a battle of the midfields with both teams giving possession away and creating few opportunities. Thomas Mackle nearly sneaked in between the defender and keeper to create the opener but poor marking and organisation created the opening goal for Lurgan from a corner two minutes from halftime. Into the second half Keelan Gault made a superb save with his feet to prevent Lurgan doubling their lead. A great run and cross down the right from Donaghy was nodded inches wide by Glasgow on the hour mark. Both Glasgow and Donaghy attempted similar lobs from distance on the advancing Lurgan keeper minutes later but both sliced their attempts with the goal at their mercy. Glasgow went close again with Fraser, Montgomery and Mauro brought on to freshen tiring legs. The Lurgan keeper then pulled of a tremendous save from Donaghy’s powerful drive from 25 yards. In the dying minutes a superb corner from Dean Bigger was met by captain Donaghy who powerfully headed home a well deserved equaliser with the game ending in a draw. TEAM: K. Gault, R. Mullan, B. Patterson, K. Cahoon, D. Bigger, J. Wilson, F. Silva, I. Donaghy, S. Murphy, T. Mackle, L. Glasgow, J. Fraser, H. Wilson, M. Mauro, A. Montgomery, P. Gabrysiak.



CYFC 17s v Rathfriland

Cookstown stamped their authority on this game early on and created enough chances to have killed the contest. Martin McCracken mishit and the keeper saved, he next had his effort blocked before Ryan McFarland shot off target and from a great Philip Laverty run and cross Marc Glasgow had his effort blocked. The pressure eventually told as Kaelum Irvine sent over a corner for Sam Hardy to head home. Tyler Anderson had his penalty superbly saved but soon after Martin McCracken slotted home. Rathfriland responded early in the second half and only for Jamie Campbell making 2 great saves the scores could have been level. Cookstown managed to survive Rathfrilands good spell and then began to claw their way back into the game again. Another corner from Kaelum Irvine this time was brilliantly volleyed in by Sam Hardy. Cookstown finished off in style passing the ball around the pitch and could have had a couple more. Best for the boys were Jamie Campbell, Jack Turkington, Kaelum Irvine, Ryan McFarland and Philip Laverty.


Under 17: Cookstown Youth 3 Rathfriland 0.




CYFC made the long haul to the coast of Newcastle to play the local side knowing a win would take the Cookstown men into the last 16 of the Irish Junior Cup. CYFC started lively on a massive pitch and it was Drew kelly who had the first real chance when great link up play between Danny Mcellhatton and Keifer Scott and it was the latter who squared the ball into the box but Kelly could not find his scoring touch. . The Mcellhatton brothers  were starting to boss matters in the CYFC midfield and they were bringing both wingers Barrie and Drew Kelly more and more into the game. On the 10th minute he deadlock was broken .A Barrie Kelly bullet throw was met by the head of forward Megarry and he flicked the ball past the Newcastle keeper. Both centre backs Dardis and Stewart were easily containing the Newcastle attack and limiting them to long shots at goal which Gareth Mcellhatton in the CYFC goal was easily dealing with. Megarry doubled the lead on 15 mins when on the edge of the box and surrounded by defenders he managed todrilla low shot into the Newcastle goal. Drew kelly had a shot saved which looked like a certain goal. Keifer Scott should have gotten on the score sheet when from a 50 yard pass from Drew Kelly which found Barrie kelly on the right wing he delivered and inch perfect ball intothe box but Scott head over the bar.
The second half started with CYFC dominating the play.As early as the 50th minute Megarry dispossessed the Newcastle left back and he back healed to Barrie Kelly but his shot was excellently saved again by the big Newcastle keeper. James Leslie was starting to push more forward and he lead on a cross and Scott again could not find the target.Newcastle did try to put pressure on the CYFC defence but the Cookstown back four were easily mopping up the pressure. Johnny O,neil, Larmour and Glasgow were introduced into the game for CYFC.. Newcastle could not seem to fin away past the Cookstown team as both teams had now packed out midfield. Megarry did have the last telling chance of the match when Danny McEllhatton and O,Neill carved open the Newcatle defence and squared the ball to Megarry who looked certain to score but again the Newcastle keeper denied Megarry.The referee blew the final whisle and the Cookstown men now progress into the last 16.
G Mcellhatton, J scott, Leslie,Stewart,Dardis,D Kelly,Bkelly,D Mcellhatton,S Mcellhatton , K Scott, Megarry
This Sat 14th Jan CYFC Seniors are back in league action were they travel to Belfast to take on Sport and Leisure at the Valley Leisure centre with a 2pm ko
CYFC Reserves v Newmills Reserves

Cookstown Youth Reserves recommenced their league campaign with their first game of 2017 being a local derby against Newmills Reserves. Even before the game started there were a few last minute alterations but included a mix of experience and youth. It was good to see club captain, Phil McGarvey, back from injury and also Ali Young on his come back.

CYFC really come out of the blocks and within four minutes had taken the lead when Jack Turkinton sent a cross in which Ryan O’Neill headed down to Ali Young who slotted home. As the game grew CYFC were in total control and soon saw a great move from left to right which resulted in a young, Adam Glasgow, Young move which resulted in a goal. Within 60 seconds of the restart Ryan O’Neill threaded through a ball to Young to make it 3-0. CYFC continued to press and a through ball from Matthew Heagney sent Ryan Pickering through to make it 4-0. On yet another move forward Glasgow sent a cross in which the defended failed to deal with and Young put the ball in the net. CYFC Res continued their dominance and just before half-time Heagney rose above everyone to score a cracking header.

So it was a comfortable first half from CYFC Res.

The second half was a more diluted affair, Newmills had restructured and frustrated the Cookstown attack. Chances went a begging, as in the first half. Another Young, Glasgow move saw O’Neill finish making it 7-0 before a penalty was awarded in the last 5 minutes which Miguel Alin converted to leave the final score 8-0

Joint Managers McKenzie and Kelly were delighted with todays result. A mixture of experienced  players and youth players eased us through.

This is what our club is all about, entertaining football with results to match.

Man of the match has to go to Ali Young but he was pushed close by the youngest man on the pitch Jack Turkington along with some other superb performances in a great team effort.

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

15894289_10154996484616661_8873709269397118080_nAli Young who hit the net four times for CYFC Reserves against Newmills Res .



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