Castlecaulfield Youth v CYFC 13s

Cookstown Youth U13’s played Castlecaufield Youth at White City 3g, Dungannon on Friday evening. Cookstown had to make a number of enforced changes due to illness and injury and struggled to find their rhythm in the first half. Castlecaufield took the lead early in the second half from the penalty spot. Cookstown lifted their game and were soon putting the opposition defence under pressure, linking well and creating chances. When a Castlecaufield kick-out fell to the feet of Henry just inside the oppositions half, he hit it first time sending it back over the keeper and into the net. A goal Beckham would have been proud of. Cookstown pushed forward and a cross from the left wing by Adams was only half cleared when Davey latched onto it and fired it home. Cookstown full of confidence kept up the pressure and a foul on Smith resulted in a free kick just outside the box. Smith placed the ball and dispatched it into the top corner of the net. Cookstown kept attacking but no further goals. Many thanks to S.Taylor for stepping in as goalkeeper and had a wonderful game.

Final Score: – Cookstown 3 – Castlecaufield 1

CYFC u15s 1 Crusaders 4
Last Saturday the young sizzlers faced Belfast Giants Crusaders in the quarter finals of the NIBFA Cup at Beechway. With the Crues second in Section A Cookstown’s management team knew this was going to be a tough encounter in their biggest game of the season. Acting captain Eoin Gallagher got an early shot away from distance but it was the Belfast boys who stormed into a two goal lead within 12 minutes. Ten minutes later it looked like it would be 3 goals to the good when Crusaders were controversially awarded a penalty. Justice was done when the striker hit the upright with Cookstown able to clear. A quick free taken 10 yards from the incident created Crusaders third after a devastating run from their left winger. Good interplay from Thomas Mackle and Karl Martin gave Gallagher another chance from distance with Shane Murphy also testing from distance just before half time. Into the second half Jake Fraser entered the fray and his good work combining with Martin created Gallagher’s opening goal for the homesters on 45 minutes. Cahoon, Hodgson, Mullan and Wilson all came on but it was Crusaders day when they plundered their fourth on 65 minutes. A good display by the home team despite the final scoreline, full of desire and togetherness and committement against a giant in local youth football. Thanks to our parents for providing the after match refreshments and special thanks to Kyra, Phyllis and Donna with your help at the Hockey Club. A final thanks to Les and Alan for allowing the use of Cookstown Hockey Club.


Cookstown Youth U16 — 1

Lurgan Town U16 — 1

Cookstown dominated the first half and should have been out of sight. Martin McCracken shot over the bar when he just needed to keep his effort on target, Ryan McFarland waisted several good opportunities and Matthew Scott had a great strike fly narrowly wide. Cookstown continued to assert pressure and Sam Hardy had an effort fly just wide. Lurgan were playing the long ball and from one of these hopeful punts their striker latched onto the ball and fired a great low shot across Afonso Tereso giving his team an undeserved lead. Cookstown came storming back with Kaelum Irvine setting up the opportunity from which his team were awarded a penalty. Tyler Anderson fired into the top right hand corner. Cookstown put plenty of crosses into the box but Lurgan managed to deal comfortably with them to hold out for a draw. Erik Banas, Matthew Scott and Sam Hardy played good stuff for Cookstown.



Adam Scott, Jack Turkington, Tyler Anderson, Matthew Scott, Brendan Davey,  Martin McCracken,  Jamie Campbell ,  ryan murphy ,  Philip Laverty ,  Erik Banas, Kaelum Irvine, Ryan McFarland , Afonso Tereso, Sam Hardy , Adam Montgomery


CYFC 18s v Dungannon Swifts 19s ( semi-final Mid Ulster Youth Cup)

Cookstown youth under 18s took to beechway to play local rivals Dungannon Swifts in the semi final of the mid Ulster cup which was sure to be an exciting match. Both teams started off rusty but it was Dungannon who settled into the match the quickest going 1-0 up with 15 minutes played, Cookstown had their chances when Paul Stewart got onto the end of a Dungannon mistake but could only volley over the bar. Cookstown were made pay for their mistakes and were shortly 2-0 down due to an error at the backline which could gave been stopped. Shortly before half time Cookstown pulled one back when again Megarry and Stewart combined in great build up play before Stewart smashed in megarrys cross. A minute before half time Dungannon found the net again, leaving the score at 3-1 at half time meaning Cookstown knew that they had a lot to do to reach the final. Minutes after the game started back up Cookstown pulled another goal back this time Mark Megarry assisting Aiden Murphy who made no mistake in putting the ball into the net to make it 3-2. But again for the 4th time Dungannon put the ball into the Cookstown net to make the score 4-2 with 60 minutes played. Cookstown did not let their heads drop and found more luck when Wilson Tavares was brought down in the box to win a penalty and also bringing Dungannon down to 10 men. Kieffer scott made no mistake in knocking the ball into the net to make it 4-3 with 15 minutes to go. Amazingly Cookstown found themselves level when  Stevie Arrell  swung in a free kick which was missed by every one and to everyones surprise Centre half Adam Bell was able to compose himself and volley it past the keeper. With 7 minutes to go Cookstown completed an amazing comeback when a ball over the top fell to Kieffer Scott who found himself 1 on 1 with the Dungannon goalkeeper and fired past him to send Cookstown into the final of the mid Ulster cup. The players and management would like to thank the support at the match which was second to none and all the team agreed it was the fans who pushed them through the 90 minutes.

Cookstown Youth 5
Dungannon Swifts 4

Cookstown will play Portadown in the final on the 6th of April at 7:30 at stangmore park in Dungannon. All support is welcome.

u18s , 27.02.2016


Last Saturday seen Cookstown youth seniors take on Sport and Leisure in the quarter final of the Canada Trophy at MUSA.With several key players missing manager  Hunter draughted up several of his young starlets from the under 18,s to bolster his team. As early as the first minute Keifer Scott had a glorious chance to give the Youth the lead. One on one with the goalkeeper Scott managed to fluff his shot and Nugent saved comfortably in the Leisure goal. Doyle and Scott combined well to lay on a pass for Kelly but he seen his shot go high and wide. Sport and Leisure were content to spread the ball wide and use their pacey wingers but John Scott and young debutant Jack Wilson were happily containing the 2 wingers.Chances for the youth were coming thick and fast. Scott had another chance but his shot just went over the bar. Megarry had a bullet header saved superbly by Nugent in goal. O, Neill seen his shot cleared of the line . Kelly with one of his missile throws found Doyle and the young man tried a bicycle kick and his effort just went over the bar . Mckenna just back from injury was holding the midfield up well with Megarry and Leisure could find no way through in this midfield battle. The pressure was relentless on the visitors goal  and just when Aiden Doyle thought he had scored the referee blew for offside. Johnny O,Neill had 2 more great chances when one effort hit the side netting and the other had goal written all over it only to see Nugent in goal again deny the Cookstown team. Both teams went into the half level 0.0
Speed merchant Mark Larmour was introduced at half time for Scott. Cookstown picked up where they left off in the first half. It was all one way traffic and surely a goal would come some time. Stigsy McElhatton and his back 4 were containing the attack of Sport and Leisure but the visitors did breach the back line after 55 mins only for Gareth McEllhatton to come racing of his line and deny McCann a certain goal. Cookstown had claims for a penalty when Flynn handled the ball but the ref adjudged the offence just outside of the box. Megarry took the resulting free kick but his effort was saved comfortably. Wilson and Leslie pushed forward and it was Leslie who let fly with a half volley which was saved again in goal by Nugent. Two more debutants were introduced Rocks came on for Kelly and Keane for McKenna.  With the game ticking away it seemed extra time was destined. On the 80th minute Cookstown had a cornerwith the ball in the air there was O,Neill who rise above everyone in the box to put the home side into the lead. Now Leisure had to attack and that proved to be there unvailing. Rocks who had just came on threaded a ball through to Larmour and this whizz kid latched onto the ball and casually rifled the ball low and hard into the Leisure goal and kill off the match . Moments later the referee blew the final whistle much to the delight of the Cookstown Youth management team and all the supporters who attended the game.
Cookstown Youth Seniors team
G McEllhatton, Scott,Wilson,Leslie, S McEllhatton, Mckenna,Megarry,Kelly,O,Neill, K Scott, Doyle
McMullan,Rocks,Keane,Larmour, Donaghy



CYFC Development Centre in partnership with Copelands finished last Friday for the Easter break and we would just like to thank all the players and Parents / Guardians for their continued support every Friday night , the numbers attending has been phenomenal and great to see.

Tonights session was one of several which was free of charge for all players and we would like to put on record our thanks to our partners Copeland Cookstown who make this possible .

Last but by no means least a massive thanks to all our Development Centre co-ordinators , coaches and registration staff for their time and commitment throughout the term , because lets face it , without them there would be no Development Centre.

Have a great Easter break whatever you are all doing and we will see everyone back for more on Friday 8th April 2016.






Cookstown Youth Football Club are holding a Table Quiz this Saturday 19th March in The Royal Hotel Cookstown , kick-off 8.30pm.

Test your knowledge and at the same time enjoy a great nights fun which in turn will help CYFC continue to serve the local community.

All teams will be made very welcome and each team are allowed six quizzers and the enterence fee is £5 each person.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday night.

Table Quiz


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