CYFC Youth U11 defeated Markethill Swifts U11

Cookstown Youth U11s travelled to Portadown on Saturday past to take on Markethill Swifts for the first time this season. The Cookstown lads came flying out of the traps from the first whistle and had the game out of sight within the first 15 minutes.Early goals from David Monaghan,Kai Lamont and Keegan Hampsey set the Cookstown boys on their way and the goals kept flying in.Next on the score sheet was Michael Mc Elhatton and Shea Mc Cann and the Cookstown boys were playing some excellent football.Just before the half time whistle Markethill managed to get on the score sheet. With all the Cookstown lads pushing forward Scott Gillis was left exposed in the Cookstown goal and the Markethill striker made no mistake.
The second half started much the same way as the first half had played out with Cookstown much the stronger team.Good defensive performances from Harry Bownes,Ben Mc Adoo,Kristians Levsins and Charlie Hawker kept Markethill to limited chances and Cookstown pushed on with further goals from Luke Haycock,David Monaghan,Keegan Hampsey and Kai Lamont.
In the end Cookstown ran out very comfortable winners with the team playing some great football and taking their chances when they came their way.

Scott Gillis,Ben Mc Adoo,Harry Bownes, Kristians Levsins,Shea Mc Cann,Michael Mc Elhatton, David Monaghan,Kai Lamont,Keegan Hampsey,Luke Haycock,Charlie Hawker


Cookstown Youth U12s v St Marys U12s

Cookstown welcomed St Marys to MUSA on Saturday in the Mid Ulster Youth League. In a season that has been plagued with match cancellations due to adverse weather both teams had to be commended for going out there and giving it their all in the cold and wet conditions that ensued.

Cookstown started the first half and could have been forgiven if it took them a while to come out of the blocks due to lack of match practice but on the contrary they started the stronger of the two teams and pushed forward from the off. With Cookstown seemingly playing in perfect harmony they let the ball do the work and left St Marys constantly chasing as with ease they passed and moved creating triangles of passing all over the pitch. Donaghy showed his class and mastery of the midfield as he dictated the play bringing the wide men Murphy and Larmour into the game who in turn managed to deliver ball after ball into the incoming strikers but to no avail as their efforts came and went with Cookstown still searching for that elusive first goal. With all their good play and their keep ball attitude Larmour drew a foul from the opposing player and with the usual free kick taker Donaghy handing the honours to Larmour he stepped up and rifled his shot past the wall and opposing keeper ultimately rewarding his teams efforts as they left for the break ahead.

St Marys kicked off the second half and immediately felt the pressure as Cookstown continued where they had left off. With St Marys being forced to sit back and soak up the pressure their luck kicked in not once but twice as they managed to hit Cookstown on the counter and completely against the run of play found themselves ahead as they managed to nab a couple of goals in as many minutes. Cookstown were not done however as knowing that they were playing the better football they continually started from the back working the ball through the pitch and leaving St Marys with no option but to defend the endless shots and corners that Cookstown bombarded them with. The leveller came as Monaghan played it to the left back Jeffers who carried it forward played it into space for Murphy to pick it up beat a few players and see his shot hit off the post and roll behind the opposing keeper. Having been in this position before and walking away with a draw Cookstown ensured that lightning doesnt strike twice and pushed on for the winner which ultimately came as Murphy delivered a sublime ball to the feet of Leek who coolly slot it past the opposing keeper sending Cookstown home victorious as they made a very good and competent side look very ordinary.

Although there could be case for any of the midfielders receiving the man of the match award as ultimately the two wingers found their names on the scoresheet the accolade went to Donaghy in centre midfield as he seamlessly spread the ball with ease as he got it out to the wingers, found the gaps through to the front men and brought a new meaning to the term going back to play forward with his continual use of defenders to switch the play.

A fantastic display from Cookstown in a game that they showed both their character and class as from the first touch of the ball they dominated the game and walked away with a victory.

Cookstown Paddy Monaghan, David Jeffers, Charlie Whitten, Fintan O Neill, Matthew McCallion, Matthew Larmour, Matthew Donaghy, Calum Murphy, Ben Leek, Drew, Jake


CYFC 12s v St Oliver Plunkett FC ( National League)

On Saturday 20th February saw Cookstown host St oliver plunkets at musa 3g in national league u12 age group

As Cookstown looked ahead to a massive cup match against Linfield on Wednesday they wanted to keep the momentum going that has seen them unbeaten since the start of November.

As the match ko both team were well up for it but both were struggling to keep possession of the ball in what was a very scrapy first half however as the game wore on St oliver plunkets would start to pass the ball abit faster an neater but it was Cookstown who would get the break through with S.Donnelly thumping home a rebounded shot. Cookstown wouldn’t stay in front for long tho when a brilliant through ball would send St oliver plunkets forward clean on goal and a well taking finish would level the match.

With all to play for in the second half it was clear that st oliver plunkets players were tiring and Cookstown would take clean advantage of this when B.Hamilton slotted home a brilliant shit from outside the box to make it 2-1 not long after that the same player would wip in a free kick for sh.Ohare to head home for 3-1 and then se.Ohare would then make sure of the win with a well taking goal for himself which he would have been glad to get in the score sheet and make it 4-1 as the match came to a end however st oliver plunkets would score a free kick to bring it back to 4-2 Cookstown had just switched of at defending it and was abit upset to give away a such a cheap goal final score 4-2

Brilliant performance boys keep up the good work and let’s have the same on Wednesday please

Team: B.Purvis, B,Hamilton, N.O’Donnell, B.Ryan, C.Devlin, S.Donnelly, M.Forbes, M.Conlin, M.Hurl, Sh O’Hare, Se O’Hare, J.Devlin, R.Ferguson, A.Rainey

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Rathfriland Youth v CYFC 13s

Cookstown Youth U13’s played Rathfriland Youth in the Quarter Final of the MUYL KO Cup at Lurgan town 3g on Saturday. Both teams were evenly matched in the early stages with both creating good chances to score. Rathfriland went ahead midway through the first half but Cookstown responded soon after with a great goal from Young whose effort went in off the crossbar. Cookstown should have taken the lead before halftime but were denied twice by the Rathfriland keeper. Rathfriland took the lead in the second half scoring twice in quick succession, one of which from a very dubious penalty.  Cookstown kept working, creating chances and were rewarded with a goal when Young unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Not enough in the end but a great effort from all the guys.

Final Score – Rathfriland Youth 3 – CYFC 2



CYFC u15s 1 Warrenpoint Town 4
Cookstown’s poor recent form continued against Warrenpoint last Saturday at Markehill Swifts 3G. With a venue change, no referee and the absence of several players including long term injured player Dean Bigger the management team knew this would be a tough fixture. To their credit the young sizzlers started brightly with Tiernan Mackle stepping in between the posts in Morgan Moore’s absence. Good play by Piotr Gabrysiak on the left created good chances for Jake Fraser and Harry Wilson with captain Iarlaith Donaghy and Shane Murphy pulling the strings in the centre. A great run on 15 minutes by Fraser gave Cookstown the opener with a fine finish from a narrow angle. Ten minutes before half time Point equalised after a long clearance with Cookstown’s defence unable to deal with the quick forward. Cookstown finished the stronger with some great possession football but could not convert. Into the second half gaps in midfield began to form as Cookstown lost their shape and discipline leading to 2 quick fire goals despite Mackle’s best efforts in goal. The Point keeper pulled off several fine saves with Cookstown still creating but not taking the chances and a late Point goal took all 3 points in a scoreline that didn’t reflect the game. In a game well within their grasp self belief evaporated as soon as the boys went behind. Carryduff next week in the NIBFA.
Wishing Dean Bigger a speedy recovery from players and management.


Cookstown Youth U16 — 6

Dromara Village — 2

Dromara started better but Cookstown scored on their first meaningful attack with Martin McCracken slotting past the keeper. Soon it was 2-0 with Adam Scott crossing and again McCracken firing home. McCracken then completed a stunning hat trick by slotting home with his left foot. Matthew Scott and Tyler Anderson both came close to increasing the score. Dromara pulled one back just before the break with a brilliant free kick. Tyler Anderson had a ferocious effort brilliantly turned away from a keeper with loads of potential. At the other end Dromara scored another good goal and for a few minutes Cookstown showed some vunerability. But order was restored in the final 10 minutes with Ryan Murphy scoring with a powerful back post header and then following an effort from Jake Crooks which was turned onto the post Erik Banas applied the finish.



Adam Scott, Jack Turkington, Tyler Anderson, Matthew Scott, Brendan Davey,  Martin McCracken,  Nathan Connolly, Jamie Campbell ,  Ryan Murphy ,  Philip Laverty , Jake Crooks, Erik Banas, Kaelum Irvine, Ryan McFarland

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Cookstown U-17s 3-5 Portadown

Cookstown travelled to Portadown to play their cup match at Brownstown 3G. The boys knew the difficulty of the task given Portadown is in the league above but they can be feeling aggrieved and disappointed with the outcome. Poor defending as a team and collective lapses in concentration cost the boys big time as Ben Young had very few saves to make throughout the game. The game started at blistering pace which didn’t suit Cookstown and they were one down early on. To their credit they restored parity soon after when Larmour’s pace was too much for the Portadown defenders. At half time the boys knew the game was there to be won but as is habit nowadays, they started slowly and gifted Portadown two soft goals. Oliver Diamond grabbed a goal back with a neat finish inside the post to give Cookstown hope but again slack defending meant the two goal cushion was restored within a minute. Senior team coach, Jackie Carson, came with the boys and was impressed with their fighting spirit as they matched a very physical team for most of the game but a long ball caught out the defence to make it 5-2. However, Cookstown really were unfortunate not to get a draw from this position as Arrell’s fine lobbed finish made it 5-3 with ten minutes to go. Larmour went close, as did Arrell and Keane and a series of corners and free kicks were well defended by Portadown. The coaches could only think about what might have been again on a night of frustration for the Cookstown lads. They know they are a match for anyone on their day but just couldn’t score when they were on top and hold tight when they were being pressured. A learning curve again but they showed a fighting spirit that the watching senior coach will be more than delighted to see as he prepares to take them over the next few years.

On a sour night the boys had a few injuries on the night. Ryan Dobson returned with a fractured ankle while Ryan Rocks suffered a suspected broken nose. We wish both boys a fast and speedy recovery and thank them for their efforts on the night.

Squad: Young, Thom, McCrum, Keane, Wilson (c), Dobson, Rocks, Arrell, Hughes, McConville, Devlin, Larmour, McMullan, Grimes, Diamond and Kelly.





Cookstown entertained local rival Moyola Park Olympic at a damp blustery day at the Mid Ulster Arena. With so many matches postponed due to the weather it was only now that Cookstown manger Hunter could get to give debuts to Mark Megarry and Ryan Pickering that he signed in January. Cookstown  Youth looked menacing from the kick off and they took the lead in the first minute. A freekick by Leslie was met by O,Neill who headed the ball into the net to give the hosts the lead.From the kick off Olympic lost the ball and there was debutant Megarry to slot the ball home and extend the lead to 2.0 to the youth. Matters got worse for Olympic when on 5 minutes forward partnership of Megarry and Mcmenemey worked well together when Megarry picked the ball up 40 yards from goal and carried the ball into the box and unselfishly squared the ball to Mcmenemey who blasted the ball into the back of the net to make the score 3.0 with only 5 minutes gone.It was only now that Moyola Park Olympic started to play football. For the next 20 minutes the besieged the Cookstown goal. Moyola had several corners in sucession but the Youth held firm and cleared all dangers. Danny Mcellhatton who was partnering Mckenna in midfield had a pop shot out from 30 yards but just seen his effort go over the bar. Johnny O,Neill who has been in fine form of late had 2 great chances to add to his goal tally . first he seen a thunderbolt of a shot crash of the cross bar and then a header that looked all over a goal well saved by the young Olympic goal keeper. With Cookstown mounting a serious assault on the Olympic goal it was the visitors who broke away collectively into the Cookstown box and one one with the keeper Loughran was brought down by Donaghy in the Cookstown goal and the referee pointed to the spot. With seemed a life time for a penalty to be taken it was the number 10 of Olympic who placed the ball on the spot . With a short run up he placed the ball wide of the goal.Kevin Loughran was looking lively up front and he had a few chances to reduce the margin only to see a few of his efforts go wide or over the bar.
At half time Mcmenemey was replaced by Ryan Pickering and it was this young debutant who started to boss things as soon as he came on the pitch. Mcellhatton had a freekick but it blazed over the bar. there was a spell for about 15 minutes when there was a succession of freekicks and everyone were put hopelesly over the bar.
Again for the second time in the afternoon O,Neill hit the cross bar. Megarry who was a thorn in the Olympic defence again turned provider. On the left flank he cut inside and glided an inch perfect ball unto the head of Pickering who just headed into an empty net of Moyola.. With score comfortable at 4.0 Glasgow was introduced for Aiden Doyle.Moyola to their credit still pushed for a goal and it was Luke Donaghy in the Cookstown goal who prevented several good efforts from going in and Olympic would have deserved one of them.
Danny Mcellhatton went off and was repaced by speed merchant Mark Larmour. It was Larmour who had the next telling chance to extend the lead.Taking the ball on the right wing he blazed down on the goal beating 3 of the Moyola defence, with all the hard work done and an empty goal at  his mercy he managed to put the ball wide to everyones disbelief. Pickering 5 minutes later managed to do the same as Larmour when he too done all the hard work of carving up the Moyola defence he skewed his effort wide.With the game coming to an end it was Pickering who finshed the scoring on the day when he side stepped the keeper and shot low and hard into the goal to make the final score on the day Cookstown Youth 5 Moyola Park Olympic 0
Cookstown Youth Seniors team,
Donaghy, Leslie,Scott, S Mcellhatton,Dardis, Mckenna, D Mcellhatton, Doyle,O,Neill, Mcmenemey, Megarry
Pickering, Mcmullan,Larmour,Glasgow,Millar
Next Sat Cookstown Youth travel to play Division 1 leaders Ballyclare Comarades in round 2 of the Canada cup.
John Scott makes a tun against Moyola OlympicRyan Pickering in action against Moyola Olyimpic

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