Lisburn Distillery  0  Cookstown Youth U12s 5Last Saturday Cookstown Youth U12s travelled to Belfast for the second week in a row to take on Lisbun Distillery in the second round of the NIBFA Cup and returned with an outstanding victory.
Right from the first whistle the Cookstown boys started on the front foot and took the game to their opponents. Their passing was free flowing and this led to an early chance for Kai Lamont but his effort was well saved by the Lisburn Distillery keeper. It wasn’t long though until the Cookstown lads took the lead in the game.A great move down the right hand side involving Shea Mc Cann and Michael Mc Elhatton led the ball being played back to Harry Bownes whose first time shot was expertly flicked Into the net by striker Keegan Hampsey.From here the Cookstown boys played some terrific football with David Monaghan and Harry Bownes almost doubling the visitors advantage but unluckily they both hit the crossbar. Then on the stroke of half time the visitors did double their lead.From an inch perfect corner from Shea Mc Cann,Michael Mc Elhatton was about to head for goal when a Lisburn Distillery defender pushed him from behind and the referee awarded Cookstown Youth the penalty. David Monaghan stepped up and made no mistake to give the Cookstown boys a 2-0 half time lead.
At the beginning of the second half Lisburn Distillery came back into the game however great defending from Ben Mc Adoo,Charlie Hawker and Kristian Levsins kept them at bay and gave good protection for their keeper Scott Gillis. After weathering the early storm Cookstown again took control of the game and it wasn’t long until they increased their lead.A poor clearance from the Lisburn keeper fell to Shea Mc Cann and his first time shot found the corner of the net.Almost immediately Lisburn Distillery broke clear but a last ditch tackle from Charlie Hawker stopped an almost certain goal.After a change in some personnel and the introduction of Eoin Mc Cracken the Cookstown boys pushed forward to kill off the game.A short corner fell to Michael Mc Elhatton and his shot was flicked Into the net by Eoin Mc Cracken to make it 4-0 to Cookstown Youth. In the final minutes Cookstown Youth completed the scoring with arguably their best move of the match going from one end of the pitch to the other. A short kickout from Scott Gillis was played to Kristian Levsins who found Michael Mc Elhatton  unmarked in the centre of midfield.Michael then found Eoin Mc Cracken who played a first time pass into Keegan Hampsey.Keegan took one touch and played it wide to David Monaghan whose pinpoint cross found Shea Mc Cann who finished to the corner of the net leaving a final score of Lisburn Distillery 0 Cookstown Youth U12s 5.
This was arguably the Cookstown boys best performance of the season to date and now progresses them to the last 16 of the NIBFA Cup. Also a word of thanks to the parents who provided transport on the day and also for their support.


CYFC 14s v Roe Valley

Cookstown Youth U14’s played Roe Valley Youth at MUSA on Saturday. Both teams were fairly evenly matched in the early stages with the visitors taking the lead from a corner kick midway through the first half. Cookstown were unfortunate not to equalise when Smith was put through by Young forcing an excellent save from the keeper. The visitors scored again just before half-time from a free kick just outside the box. Cookstown started the second half well, pushing forward taking the game to Roe Valley and were rewarded for their efforts when Smith scored from the penalty spot after Cahoon was fouled in the box. With renewed confidence, the home team kept up the pressure and were unfortunate not to score when they hit the crossbar not once but twice. With time running out and Cookstown pushing forward looking for the equaliser, they allowed the away team in to score two late goals.
Final Score CYFC 1 – Roe Valley 4

CYFC 15s v Glentoran

Cookstown welcomed Glentoran in the Northern Ireland Cup on Saturday at MUSA. In the opening exchanges Cookstown where well in the game and had a chance to take the lead when a through ball by B. Tereso found A. Traill but the keeper saved well. Following some good midfield play by Glentoran they were able to get the breakthrough and take the lead. Glentoran continued to have the majority of possession but Cookstown continued to work hard and press the ball high up the field. In the second  half Glentoran showed their quality and when they got a half chance took it. Cookstown will look to bounce back next week when their back in league action.

E. Donnelly, D. Banas, C. Robb, P. Monaghan, J. Donnelly, J. McElkennon, S. Coleman, L. Patterson, A. Trail, B. Tereso, C. McGonigle


CYFC u16s 5 Banbridge 2
Last Saturday Cookstown travelled to Cheney Park 3G to face Banbridge in a MUYL fixture. In wet and blustery conditions the young sizzlers dominated early proceedings in terms of possession and chances with captain Iarlaith Donaghy, Lee Glasgow and Shane Murphy testing the home keeper. Out of the blue a misjudged bounce of the ball saw Banbridge take an unexpected lead on 20 minutes. Five minutes later Glasgow opened his body in space on the edge of the box and drilled home a low drive into the bottom corner. Just before halftime Dean Bigger combined well with Glasgow who set a lovely pass into Donaghy’s run who powered through and smashed home the lead. Into the second half Joseph and Harry Wilson come on with Ben McErlean and Piotr Gabrysiak joining the fray. A great run and cross by Murphy saw Gabrysiak hit the post with Harry Wilson also testing the keeper. Donaghy grabbed the game by the neck scoring two quick fire goals before Jake Fraser stole in at the back post to hit Cookstown’s fifth. Murphy was a whisker away from 25 yards out with a free in the dying minutes. A late free nestled into the roof of the net right at the death for Banbridge with the game finishing 5-2.

TEAM: M. Mauro, A. Montgomery, B. Patterson , R. Mullan, K. Cahoon, I. Donaghy, F. Silva, D. Bigger, S. Murphy, T. Mackle, L. Glasgow, J. Fraser, J. Wilson, H. Wilson, P. Gabrysiak, Ben McErlean.


Red Star Reserves 4 CYFC Reserves 6 ( Mid Ulster Cup)

For the second week running the reserves travelled to take on opposition in a league above them in the Mid Ulster Cup , and with a depleted squad. Red Star were the hosts in Armagh and normally if you concede four goals away from home it can be a bad day , however 4 2 down with twenty minutes to go and the Cookstown boys made a fantastic comeback winning the game 6 4. Red Star took the lead in the first half before Deckie O’ Neill equalised .The home team went on to score two more before Wilson Tavares went on a blistering run and slotted home to put the reserves back in the mix. A lack of concentration from the Cookstown men gave Star the advantage again and 4 2 down with twenty to go and by all accounts the reserves were out of the cup. Up stepped Ryan O’Neill to crack home a world class free kick to make it 4 3 before Kyle Devlin levelled the game and Deckie O’Neill scored his second and the reserves fith to put them in front for the first time in the match. Wilson Tavares secured the win for the visitors with his second to make the final score 6 4 , what a game. Matty Kelly was voted man of the match and along with Devlin , Dobson and Young had already played ninety minutes for the u18s earlier that morning. A great team effort by all concerned.

Squad : Ben Young , Adam Glasgow , David Millar , Shea McMath , Matty Kelly , Wilson Tavares, Ryan Dobson , Deckie O’Neill , Ryan O’Neill , Jonny O’Neill , Chris Britton , Kyle Devlin.


After disposing of local rivals Coagh utd res in the previous round of the junior cup , Drumquin utd were the visitors to the MUSA . As early as the first minute Megarry chested of a ball to Drew kelly to have a pop shot at goal but his effort went wide. Mark Larmour who has been a reglar in the first team squad of late was making a nuisance of himself on the left wing. It was that young man who had the first real goal scoring opportunity of the game , when he cut in from the wing and hit a low hard shot to which the Drumquin keeper got down well to save. Paul Stewart along side Junior Dardis in the centre of defence were limiting the Drumquin attack to the odd long range shot. James Leslie who has been in fine form of late was conjuring up some neat football with Kelly and it was Kelly who laid on a pass to Leslie who unleashed  a thunderbolt of a shot only to see it scrape the paint of the crossbar. Megarry the lone striker up front had several headers at goal but the big mans efforts were all going wide.On the 35th minute the deadlock was broken when Leslie went on one of his virtuoso runs going past 3 Drumquin players and unselfishly laying the ball of to goal predator Megarry and the youngster made no mistake in putting the ball into the visitors net. This seemed to open the game and chances were now being created by both sides. Donaghy in the Cookstown goal was called on to make a super save from the visitors number 9. Steven McEllhatton had a shot from 30 yards out but again the Drunquin keeper denied the CYFC midfielder. The local team went into the break with a slender 1.0 lead.
Within 2 mins of the restart Megarry had another great chance to extend the home teams lead when again out jumping the Drumquinn defence he managed to head over the bar. Drumquin did give Donaghy in the CYFC goal a real scare when from a shot from the Drumquin forward rattled the cross bar and it was Donaghy in goal who reacted quickest to clear the danger in front of the CYFC goal. Larmour seen another one of his efforts on 65 mins just go past the upright. Player of the year last season McKenna doubled the lead for the locals when with some lovely sweeping movement from the CYFC midfield there was McKenna as cool as a cumber slotted a ball low and hard into the corner of the Drumquin goal giving the keeper no chance. Manager Hunter made a few subs introducing Barrie and Jordan Glasgow. Glasgow only on the pitch scored the best goal of the game with his first touch. Several players on the CYFC were ivolved in the build up to the goal and there was the young man who has been out through injury since pre season who unleashed a quality finish which left the poor Drumquin keeper rooted to his line. Steve Arrell got introduced to the game late on and the under 18 winger had himself a chance but his effort was comfortably saved . The ref blew for the final whistle with the final score CYFC 3 DRUMQUIN UTD 0. CYFC Seniors now await the draw of the 3rd round of the Junior cup which is set to take place at the IFA headquarters .


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