CYFC u11s Into Last 16 of NIBFA Plate

CYFC u11s Into Last 16 of NIBFA Plate

CYFC u11s defeated Ballymoor

Saturday morning saw the u11s take the long journey to Londonderry to play Ballymoor in the last 32 of the NIBFA plate. With the snow & hail beating off the boys the match kicked off & it wasn’t long before CYFC got into their groove with slick passing & moving. the 3g pitch was awful & resembled a rubber recycling plant but the boys got down to business & after 10 mins a slick move finished off with a cushioned header by Kerr opened the scoring. it wasn’t long after that Gabrysiak slotted his first of the game to double CYFC’s lead. CYFC continued to press Ballymoor & in turn Ballymoor found it incredibly difficult to get out of their own half & when they did the CYFC defense were equal to anything they threw at them. just before half time Levsins was played in & he sent both the defender & then the keeper the wrong way to slot in to give CYFC 3 goal lead at half time.
A formation change at half time saw CYFC wanting to hit Ballymoor on the break with speed & this happened time & again with Orzel & Campbell in midfield feeding Moore, Kerr & Gabrysiak. A corner floated in by Campbell found Moore at the back post & he blasted the ball past the diving keeper to again increase CYFC’s lead. some great work between Donnelly & Kerr then led to Gabrysiak to curl the ball into the net to give him his second. Again Donnelly & Kerr were taking the Ballymoor right side apart & again the ball found its way to Gabrysiak & his shot clipped the post on its way in to give him his 2nd hatrick in as many weeks. Not to be out done Kerr then went on a punishing run & he punched a whole through   several Ballymoor players to then calmly slot the ball past the forlorn Ballymoor keeper. CYFC then had a corner in the dying minutes of the match and a moments lapse in concentration saw Ballymoor break free & slot the ball past the oncoming Wilkinson. The game ended with CYFC progressing through to the last 16 of the NIBFA plate competition.
CYFC u12’s defeated Maine Castle

Last Friday evening the 2008’s faced Antrim based side Maine Castle in the second round of the NIBFA Plate in a re-arranged fixture.
In wet and Baltic conditions the young Whites got off to a flyer with Kelso thundering home the opener with a left foot drive from 15 yards on 3 minutes. The young sizzlers could sense early Antrim nerves and went for the jugular with their high press,  forcing Maine Castle back in their own third for long periods. Wilson, Mulgrew, Donnelly, Lennox and McElhatton were all denied from good chances in the opening 15 minutes. A fantastic move down the right involving Lennox, Mulgrew and McElhatton nearly produced the second of the game before striker Wilson finally drove home from close range on 20 minutes. Kelso had another great shot denied before an attempted clearance somehow ended up in the Cookstown net just before halftime to let Castle back into the game.

Four minutes into the second half Cookstown restored their two goal lead through winger Ferguson with a fine right foot finish from just outside the box. The Whites continued to dominate the Antrim defensive third with Mulgrew, Wilson, Kelso and Talbot all testing the Castle goal. To their credit Antrim never gave up but the back line of Patterson, Lennox, McKenzie, Price and Ferson were superb on the night as the Whites confidently progressed to the quarterfinals of the NIBFA Plate at the expense of their SBYL counterparts. Coaches Donnelly, Turkington and Warwick would like to wish all our boys, our wonderful parents, and all our supporters and sponsors a fantastic Christmas and a peaceful New Year as we look forward to hosting Portadown in the League Cup in our first fixture of 2020 in early January.
TEAM: B. Patterson, B. Lennox, H. McKenzie, J. Ferson, A. McElhatton, B. Mulgrew, I. Kelso, J. Donnelly, J. Wilson, J. Ferguson, J. Price, C. Talbot.  

CYFC 2-2 Ballyclare 

The CYFC under 14 team travelled to face in form Ballyclare colts. The Cookstown boys started well, pressing the Ballyclare defence. The visitors opened the scoring after only five minutes.Wilkinson played a lovely through ball to McClean who rifled a shot at the Ballyclare keeper who could only Palm the ball away providing Speirs with an opportunity to head the ball home. The CYFC lead was short lived as Ballyclare burst into the CYFC half and after some confusion in the CYFC defence the score was 1-1. The CYFC forward line of Higgins, Speirs and Mallon linked up brilliantly and were a real handful for Ballyclare but struggled to convert their changes. CYFC eventually did regain the lead with 5 minutes of the first half remaining.
McLean fired a shot from the edge of the box with real venom, the keeper couldn’t hold on to the ball and  Mallon tapped the ball in to make it 2-1 at half time . Some tough talking from the Ballyclare manager at half time saw the colts come out blazing. Two minutes after the restart Ballyclare ripped through the CYFC defence and levelled the score with a blistering shot. The introduction of Kearney, Neeson, McElkennon and Ward provided fresh legs and a fresh impetus to CYFC. With five minutes remaining Ward was fouled and awarded a free kick down from 25 yards out .Mallon stepped up and was unlucky not to score as the ball hit the crossbar. The score at full time saw both teams walk away with a 2-2 draw and a point a piece.  Both teams had opportunities to win the match, however both will be happy with the draw.
Team: C. Moran, c. Hawker, c.sheehy, f.mcnicholl, a.quinn, p.mcclean, j.kerrigan, t.wilkinson, b.mallon, c.speirs, c.higgins, c.Ward, j.kearney, l.mcelkennon, l.neeson.
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