2nd March 2016 1615 Views


CYFC 12s v Craigavon City
Cookstown Youth U12s welcomed Craigavon city U12s to Musa on Saturday in The MUYL shield in conditions that could only be described as perfect as the sun managed to sneak through and the rain had stayed away.
The first half kicked off and Cookstown were in control and dominant from the getgo spreading the ball and immediately going on the attack. It wasnt long before their dominance paid off as Derby managed to find the net in what would become the first in a quickfire hat trick sending Cookstown 3 up before Craigavon could even try to find their shape. Unfortunately Craigavon came up against a side who were in form and only had an eye for goal as Leek headed in from a cross and Larmour drilled a shot that ensured by half time the tie was effectively over as they headed to the break 5 in front.
The second half started and although the defence of Whitten,McCallion and Jeffers had to deal with a few attacks from the opposition they did so easily and so continued the dominance that Cookstown had shown in the first half allowing changes to be made and players tried out in differing positions. Rather than slow the game down it only encouraged the team who were now effectively lining up to have a go. A rout of goals unfolded as Jeffers, Donaghy, Larmour, O’Neill, Murphy and Leek found themselves on the scoresheet with the latter rounding off his hat trick. Not letting the midfielders and strikers steal the limelight Whitten the centre back managed to get forward and with a decent effort found himself on the scoresheet.
Man of the match as picked by the referee went to David Jeffers who in the first half in defence cleaned up anything that came his way and when the changes were rung and he found himself in midfield totally outclassed anyone that came near with the end result of netting a brace as well.
Although the opposition offered very little Cookstown delivered with style, taking their chances when they came and in convincing fashion manged to book their place in the next round.
Cookstown:Monaghan, Whitten, Jeffers, McCallion, Larmour, Donaghy, Murphy, Derby, Leek, O’Neill
Dungannon Utd Youth v CYFC 14s
Cookstown where back to league action this week and travelled over to Dungannon. Dungannon started the stronger of the two teams and raced into a two goals lead within five minutes. Things didn’t get better for the Cookstown side when they conceded a third, shortly followed by a penalty to give Dungannon a four nil lead at half time. However Cookstown picked themselves up at half time and started to pressurise the Dungannon  defence. The comeback started with an E. O’Neill free kick and a second was scored five minutes later with D. Devlin getting on the score sheet. Cookstown started to use the width of the pitch better in the second half with S. Coleman and A. Traill down the left and D. Banas and E. O’Neill on the right creating numerous chances. As the ball was played into the box D. Devlin was on hand to score his second of the game to make the score 4-3. Cookstown continued to press but the Dungannon keeper made several  good saves to keep them in the lead. Cookstown eventually got the equaliser as the ball was played into the box and D. Devlin headed in to complete his hat trick. Cookstown where now in control of the game and continued to push forward to find a winner. As the ball was played forward, B. Tereso controlled on his chest before lobbing the ball into D. Devlin’s path to score his fourth of the game. Final score Cookstown 5 – 4 Dungannon.

E. Donnelly D. Banas J. McElkennon  S. Connelly P. Monaghan E. O’Neill J. Donnelly  D. O’Neill S. Coleman A. Traill D. Devlin  B. Tereso

Action from the u14s derby with Dungannon.u14s in posession against Dungannon.


CYFC u15s 4 Carryduff Colts 4 CYFC won 3-2 on pens AET

What a dramatic day in Carryduff!! The young sizzlers met SBYL Premier team Carryduff in the fourth round of the NIBFA Cup last Saturday and dramatically won 3-2 in penalties after extra time in an extraordinary match. The Colts started the game sharply causing Cookstown problems in defence with their speed and movement. As Cookstown found their feet a fantastic through ball by Tiernan Mackle found Eoin Gallagher who delightfully slotted home the opener on 8 minutes. Less than 10 minutes later a great passing move involving Shane Murphy and Piotr Gabrysiak created Gallagher’s and Cookstown’s second as the sizzlers threatened to run riot. Morgan Moore in goal made a fine save before the Colts were awarded a penalty on 22 minutes to get back into the game. Then a foot race and last gasp tackle ended up with Cookstown reduced to 10 men quickly followed by a Colts equaliser on half time. Into the second half Moore pulled off to fantastic saves. Captain Iarlaith Donaghy went close with a drive before a headed goal from a corner gave the Colts their first lead in the game. Great work by Gallagher and Donaghy in the middle led to a well deserved equaliser from Shane Murphy who powerfully finished from the edge. Into extra time regained the deserved lead when Donaghy powerfully drove home from an acute angle after a great run. Then with 2 minutes to go the referee controversially award the Colts a second penalty to make it 4-4. Heroes Moore in goal, McErlean, Wilson and Gallagher all contributed to a 3-2 win  on penalties in what was a terrific game of football for different reasons. What a performance lads and thanks to Carryduff for their hospitality after the match.

u15s , 27.02.2016
Cookstown u17 4-1 Oliver Plunkett

Cookstown made short work of title chasing Oliver Plunkett from Belfast as a devastating 20 minute period either side of half time yielded four superb goals. Missing 3 regular defenders and a midfielder, Cookstown were playing players out of position and that the nerves showed early on as they were one down after 15 minutes. A long ball wasn’t dealt with and the quick thinking forward caught Young out with a speculative volley. However Cookstown were soon level; a great ball by Kelly was chested down by Larmour who shrugged off the attentions of the physical centre back to place into the net. If his goal was good, the next was arguably as good, if not better. Shea McConville, in fine form recently, took on a defender before spinning 360 with the ball and placing beyond the goalkeeper. A real superb piece of skill and a goal to be proud of. Rocks then won the ball in the middle of the pitch before releasing Larmour again whose speed was too much for the defenders. The big keeper made himself big but Mark found the chipped finish to make it 3-1 before half time. The coaches made it clear the boys needed to concentrate from the whistle and they went one more than that; they scored a minute into the second with Arrell’s audacious lob over the keeper from 25 yards. The rest of the game played out fairly comfortably for Cookstown although and Diamond made great saves and tackles respectively to keep the score at 4-1.

Squad: Young, Devlin, Wilson, Thom, Watson, Kelly, Rocks, McConville, Hughes, Arrell, Larmour, McMullan, Diamond, Dingley and Keane.

Man of the match this week was Shea McConville. Well done Shea!

Congratulations to CYFC 18s who have reached the Final of the Mid Ulster Youth Cup , after a dramatic 5  4 victory over neighbours Dungannon Swifts at Beechway last Saturday.

The Cookstown boys were 4  2 down at half time but after a fantastic performance in the second half progressed to another well deserved Cup Final.
u18s , 27.02.2016
Cookstown Youth Seniors travelled to Dixon Park to take on Division 1 league leaders Ballyclare in the second round of the Canada Trophy.With so many absentees and injuries manager Nial Hunter had to call on several of his under 18 squad to help field a team. Ballyclare started off lively and it was easy to see why they are top of their league. With some smart inter play in the midfield it was the home side who created the first opportunity at goal. A corner in by Ballyclare was quickly dealt with by the Cookstown defence. Steven Mcellhatton seen his free kick go agonisingly over the bar for the youth. Aiden Doyle and Jordan Glasgow were connecting well on the right flank for Cookstown and it was Glasgow who watched his bullet header beautifully saved by the young Ballyclare goalkeeper.Phil Mcgarvey had to be replaced Keifer Scott due to injury after only 15 minutes.
George Dardis had a clear cut chance to open the scoring when a hanging cross by O Neill found Dardis on his own at the back post and the veteran managed to head the ball over the bar. Ballyclare were playing some delightful football and they had a shot on goal and Gareth McEllhatton had to be at his best to produce  a wonder save when a goal looked certain. Pickering and Danny Mcellhatton were now starting to boss the midfield and chances were now starting to come Cookstowns way. Just on the stroke of half time Cookstown were given a free kick . Johnny O Neill placed the ball and from all of 30 yards rifled a shot into the goal giving the Ballyclare keeper no chance. Cookstown went into half time with  1.0 lead.
Ballyclare came out in the second half and just besieged the Cookstown Youth goal. Scott and O neill both had to clear the Cookstown goal line.With so much pressure a goal was surely on the cards. A free kick in by Ballyclare was met by the head of their centre forward and guided into the Cookstown goal to level things up.
Again Doyle and Glasgow connecting giving young Doyle a great chance to regain the lead for Cookstown , when one on one with the keeper his first touch let him down and the keeper saved comfortably.
Mark Megarry replaced Doyle and Mark Larmour came on for Glasgow in a bid to help win the game for the Youth. Tackles were flying in and it was John Scott who got his name into the referees book . Ballyclare pushed for a winner but the Cookstown side were having none of it and it was McEllhatton in goal who was keeping Ballyclare at bay. On th 80th minute Cokkstown produced a touch of brilliance. With the back line of Ballyclare pushing up and a finely threaded ball from the midfield put Pickering through on goal but the wee midfielder was brutally brought down in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Steven  McEllhatton stepped up and side footed the ball into the net to make the score 2 . 1 to Cookstown Youth. With minutes left Ballyclare pushed for a leveller but it was the pocket rocket  Larmour who broke away down the line and squared the ball to Megarry but it shot was well saved again . The referee blew the final whistle much to the jubilation of the whole of the Cookstown Youth team and the cup giant killing had been complete.
G Mcellhatton, Leslie, Scott, S Mcellhatton,Dardis, Pickering,D Mellhatton, Doyle,Glasgow,Oneill,Mcgarvey
Subs Mcmullan, Megarry, Scott,Larmour, Hunter
This Sat 5th March  Cookstown Youth Seniors are back in league action when they travel to play Clough Rangers 2pm  KO
Cookstown football veteran Steven McElhatton who was on the score sheet
Previous CYFC UPDATE FOR FRI 19th / SAT 20th FEBRUARY 2016

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