Cookstown Youth Colts U11’s -2 Lurgan Town Predators U11’s – 2 Cookstown Youth Colts played host to Lurgan Town Predators on Saturday morning with the visitors travelling in confident mood have been nawrolly beaten the week before by the league leaders Cookstown Youth. The home team themselves have recently put In some improved performances but there was no doubt that they went into this game the heavy underdogs. However Cookstown did not let this tag affect them. They started the game brightly pushing the ball into the Lurgan half, pressuring the Lurgan defense and giving the visitors no time on the ball. As early as the 2nd minute a good ball from captain Charlie Dingley was taken down by Darragh McAleer, the ball bounced between him and 2 lurgan defenders and fell to the onrushing Nathan Ferguson who caught the ball on the half volley and rifled it into the top left hand corner. A great start for the home team and nothing more than they deserved. Cookstown kept pushing and forcing their opponents into their own half. Good work down the left from the McElkennon brothers, Luke and Jude, released Jude who had a clear pathway to goal, but he chose to shoot with the Lurgan keeper saving comfortably. Lurgan then started to come into the game and they pegged Cookstown into their half. A solid back three of Rory Devlin, Conall Sheehy and Luke McElkennon resisted all efforts from the visitors. On the 20th minute this resistance was broken with the visitors working the ball well down the right and after a few ricochets the lurgan forward found the ball at his feet with the goal at his mercy and he Cooley slotted the ball past Kuba in the Cookstown goal. Shortly after Lurgan Town pressed forward again, and with the first bit of sloppy play from Cookstown, they were presented a chance on goal which they gratefully took. This then began a passage of sustained pressure on the Cookstown goal and only for an amazing goal line clearance from Rory Devlin the Cookstown Colts would have been going into half time 1 – 3 down. Instead they headed into the break 1-2 down and this bit of inspiring play seemed to lift the players and give them belief. A confident Cookstown team took to the field in the 2nd half full of belief and they pushed the visitors from the off. James Bell and Matej Kluka were creating numerous problems for the visitors with their runs in behind and constant pressure on the ball. With the Cookstown defense holding strong they were just hoping for that one chance to be taken. On the 40th minute mark the ball fell to captain Charley Dingley in his own half and he unleashed a huge clearance up the pitch which went at some pace and caught the Lurgan keeper by surprise. The ball took one bounce and went over the keepers head and gave the home team the equalizer they deserved. Both teams pushed for a winner in the last 10mins but both defenses held strong with the game ending in a 2-2 draw, with Cookstown believing they had done enough to shade the game. This was one of Cookstown Colts best performances of the season which is just reward for the hard effort and commitment they have been showing from the Christmas break. Great effort by all 13 of the players and a deserved result. Man of the match – Rory Devlin Team – Kuba, Rory Devlin, Conall Sheehy, Luke McElkennon, Charlie Dingley (C), Nathan Ferguson, Jude McElkennon, Darragh McAleer, Kealan Moore, James Bell, Matej Kluka, Mark Cuddy, Colum Donaghy

u11s clts



This week the Cyfc u12 national league team on a 15 unbeaten streak run had a quarter final cup tie against glenavon u12  the venue was mid Ulster sports area a 3G with mid day KO,glenavon took centre playing from right to left,cookstown started off from the start pushing glenavon into there own half restricting there passing type of play,Cyfc then struck with Brandon Hamilton hammering a right foot shot from 25 yards into the top corner this give the cookstown side a real boost and extra edge in confidence  as they pushed on to get a second before half time when the ball broke kindly to Shaun o’hare to side foot the ball into the net,the second half started with a formation change for glenavon which from the start looked to be more attacking in the sense that they created a few early chances with Ben purvis pulling of some brilliant saves,then in the next few minutes of play the big centre forward from glenavon got them a goal back which left the game with more in the balance,Cyfc never gave in they stood firm and defended the multiple attacks for glenavon being repelled back,then changes were made and new additions to the attack were added which lead to a third goal with a lovely through ball from michael Forbes to the feet of Shea o hare who side footed it by the glenavon keeper and that was to be the fourth and last goal of the game a brilliant standard of football played by two top youth teams a semi final awaits Cyfc u12


Ben purvis,Brandon Hamilton,Blaine Ryan,Nial o Donnel,Callum Devlin,Stephan Donelly,Michael Forbes,Matthew hurl,Matthew Conlon,Sean o’hare,Shea o’hare


Ross Ferguson,Mathew Mccann,James Devlin,Daniel Mcnally,Thomas Armstrong


Lurgan Celtic v CYFC 13s

Cookstown Youth U13’s played Lurgan Celtic at the Craigavon City 4g on Saturday. The home side settled quickly and the Cookstown defence was soon put under pressure.  Cookstown were unfortunate to concede a penalty when Donnell’s challenge on the Lurgan striker was deemed a foul by the referee. Goalkeeper A. Taylor pulled off an incredible save diving to his left to save the penalty. This galvanised Cookstown who went ahead soon after when Davey drove in a low cross that was finished by Martin. Cookstown could not build on this advantage and Lurgan scored twice before half-time. Cookstown started the second half much stronger and equalised with a goal from Smith, a quick break by the home side saw them take the lead midway through the second half. The home team scored again when a cross was not dealt with by the Cookstown defence. With time running out Cookstown kept pushing forward creating chances and were rewarded with a goal when a great strike from Young hit the crossbar and was finished off by Martin.

Final Score – Lurgan Celtic 4 – CYFC 3



Cookstown Youth U16 — 2

Armagh City U16 — 1

This was a very hotly contested affair and Nathan Connolly had the first chance as his header was cleared off the line. Matthew Scott found Tyler Anderson who fired into the top corner with his deadly left foot. A blinding run by Nathan Connolly was only stopped by a foul inside the box and Tyler Anderson thumped home the opportunity. Kaelum Irvine had a sweet left foot  volley just wide and at the other end Jamie Campbell could only parry a good cross and Armagh`s striker ought to have done better. Cookstown came under the cosh in the second half but had good numbers behind the ball and managed till limit Armagh`s chances. A brilliant effort from the edge of the box was tipped wide by Jamie Campbell. Martin McCracken drilled an effort just wide and then Ryan Murphy made a superb sliding challenge to prevent a goal. Armagh pulled one back with a brilliant free kick and Cookstown escaped a couple of anxious moments inside their own area in the final minutes. A deserved but hard fought victory against a very strong Armagh team which should boost confidence ahead of some big games coming up.




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


Development Centre

The Development Centre continues this Friday at MUSA and just a reminder to everyone that due to the fantastic numbers Registration has been closed for the time being.

Are you interested in taking up coaching the beautiful game!?

If the answer is yes then, The Cookstown Youth Development Centre in association with Copleands Cookstown needs you!!

Due to an increased numbers at CYFC Development centre the club will be running another Club Coach mentoring program. So we are calling on any Parents, Players or anyone that has a interest to contact the Club via Facebook, email or speak to a club coach. The program will see new coaches shown and trained how to coach children at the development centre and the will also be put through the IFA grassroots award and IFA Level 1 Course.

Please get in contact with us for further information.

Dean Suffers a Nasty Break

Everyone at Cookstown Youth FC would like to send u15s player Dean Bigger best wihes after he suffered a double fracture to his leg in the game against Glenavon last Saturday. We all hope Dean has a full and speedy recovery.

Dean Bigger


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