CYFC u12s Make It Through On Penalties

CYFC u12s Make It Through On Penalties

CYFC u12s 2 – 2 Fivemiletown United (CYFC won 2-0 on penalties)

On Saturday, the CYFC Youth team took on Fivemiletown United in the first round on the NIFBA cup at the MUSA. Having started the season strongly there was an air of expectation from the crowd of supporters who had gathered to cheer on the home team. The lads didn’t disappoint in the early exchanges with some excellent passing moves from the midfield line up of Tom Wilkinson, Peter McClean and Aaron Quinn. Young Quinn was instrumental in the middle of the park, releasing the wing men of Jack Kearney and Chris Ward on numerous occasions cutting open the Fivemiletown defence. Mid way through the first half, the home team took the lead from a beautifully floated corner played in by Peter McClean, drilled into the net by Chris Ward. Despite having the majority of the play in the first half, a mix up in the defence provided Fivemiletown United the opportunity to pounce on a loose ball just on the stroke of half time.

The CYFC team were clearly rocked by the setback and were unable to settle as the second half began, with Jack Quinn and Connall Sheehy absorbing all the pressure. Having just brought on Jamie Kerrigan and Tom Bell, Fivemiletown opened up the defence with a nicely played through ball which was promptly despatched into the CYFC net. The fresh legs of Luke Neeson, Dara McNally and Shea McGeehan made a real difference as the CYFC team chased the game. The endless pressing from the boys eventually paid off as a scramble in the goal month saw that man James Bell come to the rescue and score his sixth goal of the season. The remainder of the half was a real tussle, with Tom Bell shaving the woodwork in the last minute.

The tie was eventually settled on penalties. A few nervy attempts from CYFC, combined with some outstanding goalkeeping from Jack McClure kept the scores equal in the early exchanges. The deadlock was eventually broken with Dara McNally and Peter McClean drilling their attempts home. The victory sets up a thrilling prospect of playing Cliftonville at MUSA in the next round

Team: Jack McClure, Jack Quinn, Connall Sheehy, Tom Wilkinson, Aaron Quinn, Peter McClean, Jack  Kearney, Jamie Kerrigan, James Bell, Dara McNally, Luke Neeson, Chris Ward, Shea McGeehan and Tom Bell.

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