CYFC Youth U12s   6     Lisbellaw Utd U12s   2

Last Saturday Cookstown Youth U12s hosted Lisbellaw Utd at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena.Having beaten Lisbellaw last season in the NI Cup the home side knew they would be in for a tough game and that’s how it turned out. The first half was a tight and tense affair with both teams giving little room away and both finding it hard to get control of the game.The Cookstown lads were struggling to get their passing game going and fell behind to a scrappy goal.Then on the stroke of half time and almost against the run of play Cookstown managed to draw level with the first meaningful attack.A great ball from Michael Mc Elhatton released David Monaghan on the left hand side and his first time ball into the box found Keegan Hampsey who finished it to the net. If the first half was tense then the second half was the opposite with the Cookstown boys stepping it up and playing more like themselves.Firstly they fell behind again when a mix up in the defence left Scott Gillis with no chance. From here the boys lifted their game and the defence of Charlie Hawker,Ben Mc Adoo,Harry Bownes and Kristians Levsins gave their opponents no time on the ball and within minutes Cookstown were level again through a free kick from Shea Mc Cann.Soon after the Cookstown boys got themselves in front for the first time in the game.A great defence splitting pass from Michael Mc Elhatton sent Eoin Mc Cracken free on the right hand side and his pin point cross found Kai Lamont who made no mistake with the finish.From here the home team pushed on and a great finish from Ben Mc Adoo increased the lead and further goals from David Monaghan made a great end to the game making the final score Cookstown Youth U12s 6 Lisbellaw Utd 2.



CYFC 11s v Beragh Swifts

On Saturday Cookstown Youth under 11s travelled to Castlecaulfield to take on Breagh swifts.

The Cookstown squad where on a high from a great performance last week and although a very well organised Beragh team made things difficult, Cookstown continued there great vain of form.

The midfield 4 of Peter Mclean, Matej Kulka, Luke Neeson and Aaron Quinn worked very hard to limit the Beragh midfield of any time on the ball.  The back line of Tom wilkinson, Luke McElkenon and Conall Sheehy kept their shape brilliantly, Also fantastic communication from goalkeeper Jack Mcclure, it was evident why the Breagh attackers found it hard to penetrate the young Cookstown team.

The game was tight and it took a moment of brilliance for the Cookstown team to get on the score sheet, Peter McLean dribbled past 3 defenders and whipped an unstoppable ball across the Breagh goal and there was Luke Neeson on hand to volley the ball into the net. Tom Bell was working his socks off closing the space and pressing the Beragh defence into their own half. Toms hard graft nearly paid off as he cracked a shot off the post and had a goal disallowed shortly after.

The second half was a completely different affair, with some changes made at the half, Ethan Gordon coming on in goals, Conall Sheehy making way for Jack Mcclure. Cookstown came out of the traps early. A move starting with Ethan Gordon, he found a pass to Aaron Quinn who put the ball into the box and there was Matej Kulka to head the ball home. The continued hard work of Tom Bell closing the defenders forced a mistake and the ball fell to Peter McLean who hit an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. Captain Aaron Quinn was controlling and screening the midfield he was outstanding all day long, he set the tempo and intensity of the team and Cookstown reaped the rewards. Jamie Barry, Jamie Kerrigan, Chris ward and James bell replaced Peter McLean, Matej Kulka, Tom bell and Luke Neeson. Cookstown went from strength to strength creating more chances and the back line now consisting of Tom wilkinson, Luke McElkenon and Jack McClure looked as solid as ever. Infact the next goal was just a pleasure to watch, Ethan Gordon rolled the ball out to Jack McClure who ran into the space committing a defender, he passed a great ball to James Bell who found the net after rounding the keeper.

Hesitation finally did occur in the Cookstown defence and after a mix up Beragh where awarded a penalty. The attacker stepped up and Ethan Gordon clawed the well hit penalty out of the top corner, Ethan’s save started an attack and the 3 subs of James Barry, Jamie Kerrigan and Chris ward combined well and set up James Bell for his second goal. Over all a fantastic result and performance.

Cookstown squad.  Jack McClure, Luke McElkenon, Tom Wilkinson, Conall Sheehy, Peter McLean, Matej Kulka, Aaron Quinn (C), Luke Neeson, Tom Bell, Ethan Gordon, Chris Ward, Jamie Barry, Jamie Kerrigan, James Bell


CYFC 13s 4-0 Tristar (National League)
Cookstown started very brightly for the first time this season and reaped the rewards with an assured performance that held lots of positives. The early stages were tense with Cookstown working hard for each other in a new formation of 4 3 3. They welcomed Paddy Monaghan as their goalkeeper with Donnelly, Devlin, O’Donnell and Hurl as a back four. The two O’Hare’s and Forbes made up the three with Donaghy, Murphy and Ferguson starting up front. They settled quickly and started with a few early chances through Shea O’Hare. The attack was linking well when the breakthrough came on 20 mins. Murphy skipped past 2 men before being heavily challenged for a penalty which Shea O’Hare calmly put away. After the goal Cookstown kept the tempo going and deservedly got a second just before half time when Shea again got onto a ball from Forbes and poked it round the keeper for 2 0 at half time. The second half started as the first finished with Cookstown on front foot. The roll on, roll off sub rule was utilised with fresh legs appearing in the form of Larmour and Kane. The  third  goal came on 40 minutes when shea completed his hat trick. With his confidence up he took a pop from 25 yards which hit the bottom corner and gave the keeper no chance. It was all cookstown now with larmour going close on few occasions but the 4th goal came with 5 mins left which summed up performance; a superb team goal on the counter attack.  From a Tristar corner Ferguson won the ball and fed it to McNally down the left who played it inside to Forbes who played Kane with a great ball in behind the full back. In turn Kane pulled it back and there was Sean O’Hare arriving in the box to slot it home. He couldn’t let his brother steal all the glory! A fantastic performance from Cookstown and huge credit to the defence who kept their clean sheet and a well done to paddy Monaghan who stepped very confidently into nets. Anything he had to do he did with ease. Squad: Monaghan, Donnelly, Devlin, O’Donnell, Hurl, O’Hare, Forbes, O’Hare, Donaghy, Murphy, Ferguson, Devlin, McNally, Kane and Larmour Motm: Shea O’Hare: Well done Shea!


St Marys v CYFC 15s

Cookstown travelled to play St Mary’s on Saturday and immediately took control of the game. Within the opening minutes A. Trail opened the scoring and quickly got a second following a well worked corner from L. Patterson and C. Mallon. The back four of D. Banas, C. Robb, J. Glendinning and P. Monaghan were rarely troubled, this allowed the defense to bring the ball into midfield to set up several attacks following good distribution from E. Donnelly in nets. Following a good cross into the box C. Robb was next to get on the score sheet followed by D. Devlin after good play down the right hand side. J. Donnelly, C. Mallon and J. McElkennon were controlling the midfield and J. McElkennon was able to get his shot away and beat the keeper. At half time changes were made, C. McGonigle looked comfortable at centre half and brought the ball into midfield and B. Tereso was able to get on the ball to set up S. Coleman to score. As the game continued Cookstown looked comfortable throughout creating plenty of chances. After quick passing in midfield, P. Monaghan was able to find space outside the box and lob the keeper for his first goal of the season to cap off a very good team performance.
E. Donnelly, D. Banas, C. Robb, J. Glendinning, P. Monaghan, J. Donnelly, J. McElkennon, C. Mallon S. Coleman, L. Patterson, A. Trail, D. Devlin, B. Tereso, C. McGonigle



CYFC u16s 7 Lisbellaw 1

Last Saturday in summer like conditions at MUSA Cookstown faced Lisbellaw in a MUYL fixture. Cookstown like the previous week against Tandragee got off to a flyer with Shane Murphy striking home a wonderful 35 yard drive after 2 minutes. Further opportunities fell to Murphy, Lee Glasgow, Thomas Mackle, Adam Montgomery and Piotr Gabrysiak before Lisbellaw threatened the homester’s goal. The back four of Montgomery, Patterson,Mullan and Joseph Wilson remained resolute with Mauricio Mauro in goal making a couple of good saves. A massive deflection off a Fermanagh defender from another Murphy effort fortuitously led to Cookstown’s second on 20 minutes. Glasgow put the game to bed with two superb quick fire finishes within ten minutes before Lisbellaw struck home from the edge when Cookstown stopped for a Lisbellaw injury with the ref allowing play to continue. Into the second half Gabrysiak got the goal his hard work deserved slotting home from 12 yards on 45 minutes. Cahoon, Fraser and Hodgson entered the fray with both Fraser and Hodgson going close nearly immediately. Harry Wilson then made it six with a great finish inside the box on the hour. Glasgow then wrapped up the game with a super headed effort and his hattrick to seal a man of the match performance and three vital points. TEAM: M. Moura, A. Montgomery, B. Patterson, R. Mullan, J. Wilson, T. Mackle, S. Murphy, F. Silva, H. Wilson, P. Gabrysiak, L. Glasgow, K. Cahoon, J. Fraser, M. Hodgson.


Valley Rangers v CYFC 17s

Cookstown almost scored from their first attack as Kaelum Irvne ran behind the opponents defence but his cross was intercepted. Jamie Campbell`s clearance forced an error which lead to Ryan McFarland rounding the keeper and squaring for Matthew Scott to slide home. The second came from a well worked short corner with the ball falling kindly to Martin McCracken who fired home. Valley hit back with an excellent header giving the keeper no chance. Cookstown responded quickly with Tyler Anderson getting fouled in the box and scoring from the penalty kick. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home team and Cookstown should have scored several more goals with Jake Crooks, Martin McCracken, Tyler Anderson, Matthew Scott and Philip Laverty all guilty of poor finishing. Two of Cookstowns` best performers were Adam Scott and Brendan Davey who done solid jobs in their roles.


Jamie Campbell, Adam Scott, Kaelum Irvine, Jack Turkington, Sam Hardy, Brendan Davey, Tyker Anderson, Ryan McFarland, Philip Laverty, Matthew Scott, Martin McCracken, Jake Crooks


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CYFC Reserves v Aghalee Village Res.

Cookstown Youth Reserves entertained Aghalee Village Reserves with high expectations for continuing their unbeaten run at MUSA.

Things were looking up with a referee here for the game.

CYFC pressed Aghalee from the start and after 15 minute a through ball from Chris Britton to Ryan O’Neill saw Ryan slot the ball home to put CYFC 1 up.

CYFC continued the game and Ryan O’Neill saw a point blank header saved by the keeper.

Chances fell also to O’Neill, Jordan Glasgow, Kyle McMullan and Chris Britton with Wilson also hitting the post.

On 40 minutes J Glasgow saw a fine effort to the top corner saved by the keeper. From the resulting corner J Glasgow headed the ball in. On 45 minutes Ryan Dobson took it upon himself to go on a run and smashed the ball into the top corner from 25 yards to make it 3-0. A matter of seconds a corner saw J Glasgow head home his second to leave the halt time score 4-0.

The second half started in the same manner, with chances going begging,

Any forward play by Aghalee was dealt with by the back four of Adam Glasgow, Davis Millar, Shay McMath and Cameron McMullan.

Ryan O’Neill hit he post no less than 4 times with some superb shots. Further chances fell to Matthew Kelly, Declan O’Neill, J Glasgow, A Glasgow but it wasn’t to be.

Joint Manager McKenzie was delighted with the performance and said that we did make it hard work for ourselves. It was great to see some good performances out there today. Jordan Glasgow coming back from injury was a massive plus and Cameron McMullan had a superb performance at left back.

The final ball in from Kyle McMullan was superb.

In relation to man of the match I think that Jordan Glasgow nipped it from Cameron and Kyle McMullan.

We would also like to thank the Royal Hotel for the after match refreshment.



Cookstown Youth 2 Mullusk Ath 1.


Cookstown youth played their 2nd league fixture of the season and were made to work hard for a 2-1 victory over basement side Mullusk.

The home team had the first effort on goal when Ail Young linked well to send Mark Larmour away on the right but his cross to Barrie Kelly was just behind the on rushing winger on 3 minutes. Young then had a shot from 20 yards out well saved by the keeper. At the other end Luke Donaghy had to be quick of his line to clear the danger on 15 minutes. by the keeper. At the other end Luke Donaghy had to be quick of his line to clear the danger on 15 minutes. Young then found Larmour again with an inch perfect pass but the keeper pulled of a good save again from the speedy winger. Young was then put through with only the keeper to beat but his chip hit the crossbar. Cookstown took the lead on 25 minutes and it was Larmour again who caused the problems when he picked up the ball or the right wing and beat his player to put in a cross that found Kelly at the back post for 1-0. The home team should have went 2 up minutes later when a long throw from Kelly found Young in the box free but when he pulled the ball back Megarry shot was well blocked from 6 yards out. from the next Kelly Throw it was Megarry again this time with a header at the back post but again the very busy Mulluskkeeper pulled of a fine save. With only minutes left in the half Kelly cut inside and again his shot this time clipped the crossbar to leave the home team 1 up at the break.


Cookstown started the 2nd were they left off with chances not being taken. Ali young again made a good run wide on the left and his great cross found young Larmour 5 yards out but somehow he managed to put his shot over the bar. Home keeper Donaghy came to the rescue of his defence when he saved well with his feet on 60 minutes. Johnny McKenna then went close from a short corner with his shot going just over. Minutes later the game was all square when Paul Stewart was caught out and muscled of the ball and the forward ran clear to square the ball to the winger for an easy tap in for 1-1 on 75 minutes. The home team pushed hard to get the lead but and D McElhatton and Drew Kelly were introduced. and it was Drew how found Larmour with a good pass but once more the keeper pulled of a good save. Cookstown when back in front on 80 minutes when Larmour was found in the box and his quick pass found Barrie Kelly who hit a 1st time shot into the corner of the net for 2-1. Mullusk also hit straight back when a good pass from the midfielder spilt the home defence wide open but again Donaghy was quick of his line and made a good save. Cookstown had a few more chances to add to their lead but was happy to hear the final whistle to register their 1st win this league.

Team: L Donaghy, J Scott, J Leslie, G Dardis, P Stewart, S McElhatton, J McKenna, B Kelly, M LArmour, M Megarry, A Young, A Keane, D McElhatton, D Kelly, B Young



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