On Saturday 8 April CYFC under 11 took on Beragh Swifts at the MUSA. A bright sunny morning was matched by some sparkling play from the CYFC team who had some mightily impressive performances over the last number of weeks. The CYFC lads started off much the stronger of the two teams with the in form Matej Kluka opening the scoring after 6 minutes. This seemed to rock the Beragh team and with the defence opening up the CYFC team capitalised with further Goals from Peter McClean, James Bell,Luke Neeson and Jack Kearney. The pick of the Goals was from Peter McClean with a strong drive from within his own half, holding off multiple players and finishing powerfully into the bottom corner of the net.


The second half saw several changes to the CYFC team with the introduction of Thomas Greer, Jack Quinn, Gary Simpson, Aaron Quinn and Jamie Kerrigan. The changes didn’t seem to disrupt the run of play as the passing and movement off the ball was impressive. Tom Wilkinson continued to be a force in his new Central defensive mid field role winning the battle in the middle of the park for CYFC and providing quality first time balls for the strike force of Bell and Kearney to feed off.


Whilst the Goal scoring opportunities were aplenty in the second half the CYFC team seemed to lose a bit of their usual killer instinct with numerous opportunities rebounding from the post. Mid way through the second half the man with the Golden Boots decided to stamp his authority again striking twice in the space of ten minutes to get his hat trick and bringing his tally for the year to 28.


Another resounding win for this young and improving side.  

Team : Jack McClure, Conall Sheehy, Luke McElkennon, Tom Wilkinson, Luke Neeson, Peter McClean, Matej Kluka, Jack Kearney, James Bell, Jack Quinn, Aaron Quinn, Gary Simpson, Jamie Kerrigan, Thomas Greer.

Midway Utd v CYFC 15s

Cookstown travelled to Markethill on Saturday to take on Midway FC in the league. The home side got off to a good start in the opening five minutes when a through ball was not cut out to allow the on coming striker a one vs one with the keeper who made no mistake in front of goal. This did not affect the Cookstown side who where back on level terms five minutes later when E. O’Neill found the net from a freekick. As the first half continued Cookstown had the majority share of possession and created several chances but could not capitalise. As the second half started Midway came back into the game and took the lead through a strike from the edge of the box. Cookstown pushed for an equaliser but could not get the breakthrough.

A.Levsins , C. Robb, J. Glendinning, J. Donnelly, J . McElkennon, A. Traill, B. Tereso, E. O’Neill, C. McGonigle, L. Patterson, D. Devlin

CYFC u16s 6 Lurgan Celtic 0
Last Friday evening the 2001’s faced Lurgan in a rearranged fixture at MUSA. On a great Springlike evening the Whites stormed into the lead after a powerful drive by top goal scorer Lee Glasgow within two minutes. A great cross from Glasgow was then headed just wide by captain Iarlaith Donaghy two minutes later. Donaghy then pulverised the Lurgan defence hitting a quick fire hattrick in an astonishing five minute spell his third a fantastic finish from a Fernando Silva cross. Shane Murphy then struck a wonderful 35 yard drive past the despairing Hoops keeper on thirty minutes before Piotr Gabrysiak dispatched a rocket from 15 yards just before half time. Joseph Wilson, Jake Fraser, Malik Hodgson and Mauricio Moura all entered the fray with Fraser finishing well from the edge on 40 minutes. Lurgan never gave up to their credit and Cookstown’s keeper Keelan Gault had to make two superb left handed saves on 45 and 47 minutes. A great corner from Harry Wilson was then met by Hodgson who thundered home a header from 12 yards on 50 minutes. A poor defensive error then presented Hodgson his second and Cookstown’s ninth on 55 minutes. With 12 minutes remaining both sets of managers and the ref sensibly agreed to finish the game as a contest. Next up is the MUYL Plate Final on Saturday 22 April at Gordon Playing Field in Lurgan KO 1.15PM versus Newry City – a much closer contest. Well done to Lee, Joseph and Dean who helped the U17s to a league and cup double and well done to the u17s and coaches Nigel and Boski.
TEAM: K. Gault, R. Mullan, H. Wilson, B. Patterson, P. Gabrysiak, T. Mackle, F. Silva, D. Bigger, S. Murphy, L. Glasgow, I. Donaghy, J. Wilson, J. Fraser, M. Moura, M. Hodgson.

Cyfc u13s 3-3 Roe Valley

The U13s started the game with 3 first team players missing from the line up.
To say this was a game of to half’s is an understatement. The Cookstown team started the slower of the two with a team like Roe Valley who never give any time on the ball it was gonna be an up hill struggle.
Reo Valleys movement on and of the ball was to good for Cookstown. It wasnt long before they had there reward going ahead.
Again the u13s went further behind with a defenceive error. 3-0 down at halftime.
Halftime could not have come quick enough.
Time to regroup and try players in new positions.
The home team started the fastest with shoots missed by Darby and Armstrong they were coming back at them.
Cookstown had found there passing game and it wasn’t long before Jeffers had got  passed his man and lead a great pass up the line to Heagney who in turn set it in the space in front of Armstrong who sloted it in.
Within minutes Cookstown had another from Darby who at the minute is in great scoreing form. Armstrong leveled the scoreing at 3-3 with ten minutes to go.
It was a tence time for the Roe Valleys supporters as Cookstown had shot after shot but we’re unlucky not to win it at the end. A great come back for a team that know how dig deep.
Armstrong,Darby,Jeffers,Heagney,Mcvey, Morrison, Sheehy, Leek, Adems, Mccann, McCallion, Hobson and Harvey.
Congratulations to CYFC 17s who secured the League and Cup double on Saturday with a 3 nil win over Armagh City.

Brantwood Res 1 Cookstown Youth 3

Cookstown youth got back to winning ways last Saturday when the won on their travels to Belfast side Brantwood.

Cookstown started of the better of the side and Mark Larmour had 3 great chances to put his ahead but the home keeper pulled of 2 good saves and his last effort was well wide of the mark. Cookstown got in front of 16 minutes with a great move when right back Jordon Glasgow picked the ball up and his pass down the line found Mark Megarry how crossed to Barrie Kelly to head home from 12 yards out for 1-0. The home team started to put the pressure on the Cookstown defence and Stewart and McElhatton had to be at their best at the heart of the defence to keep them out. Cookstown went two up on 25 minutes from a Barrie Kelly long throw in that Megarry flicked on at the front post for Mark Larmour to score at the back post for 2-0. Brantwood hit back on 40 minutes when a mistake from Stewart  1st and then after a great save from McElhatton they switched off from a throw in and Brantwood scored from 6 yards out.

Cookstown were under pressure from the start of the half but again the back 4 of Glasgow, Leslie, Stewart and  McElhatton cleared their lines well. McElhatton was then called on to make a few good saves. Cookstown always looked dangerous up front with Larmour and Megarry linking well with the hard working Ali Young. Cookstown went 3-1 up on 60 minutes when Paul Stewart picked out a great pass the found Megarry and his strong run and finish put his side 3-1 up. again the home team tried to get back into the match but could not break down a well organized defence and keeper. Cookstown brought of Wilson for Drew Kelly on 65 minutes to freshen things up and a few minutes later another great flowing move from Cookstown resulted in Ali Young being brought down in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. After a very long protest and a few bookings for the home team players Mark Megarry stepped up but hit the crossbar and the chances was cleared. The home team threw more men forward for the final 15 minutes which seen Cookstown bring on Dardis in defence for the hard working Larmour. in the final stages of the match Brantwood had one chances from a free kick that was well blocked by Dardis and at the other end Jack Wilson went close but no more goals were added.

G McElhatton, J Glasgow, J Leslie, P Stewart, S McElhatton, D Kelly, B Kelly, J McKenna, M Megarry, A Young, M Larmour, J Wilson, C Kilpatrick, G Dardis, R McMenemy, L Donaghy


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