CYFC 13s v Dromore Amateurs
Cookstown Youth U13’s kept up their good form with victory over Dromore Amateurs at MUSA on Saturday. The home team settled quickly putting the visitors under immediate pressure, Cookstown took the lead when Smith was put though and gave the keeper no chance. Cahoon scored next for the home team when he smashed the ball into the net from a difficult angle.  Smith scored two more to complete his first half hat trick.  The home team kept up the pressure in the second half and Cahoon scored the first two goals to complete his hat trick. With the defence standing strong limiting the visitors to long range strikes, the home were able to keep pushing forward, passing well and scored again with goals coming from Davey, Henry, Nugent and Ekiert.
CYFC u15s 0 Bertie Peacocks 2

Last Saturday Cookstown made the trip to Rugby Avenue 3G in Coleraine. Peacock’s mobile frontline started the brighter with the back four of Patterson, Tiernan Mackle, Kenning and Mullan having to be at their best in front of keeper Moore. But it was Eoin Gallagher who tested the goal first with a powerful drive from distance on 12 minutes. Shane Murphy then had another shot well saved on 15 minutes as Cookstown began to test the homester goal. Thomas Mackle then had a great chance saved after a great run from 15 yards on 20 minutes before Tiernan Mackle’s powerful header from a corner flew just wide. Into the second half Mackle’s injury turned the tide of the game with Peacocks exploiting space to score the opener on 55 minutes. The boys continued to push for an equaliser with Joseph and Harry Wilson, Mauritio Mauro, Piotr Gabrysiak and Kyle Cahoon all coming on to try and get an equaliser. But with 5 minutes remaining Peacocks penetrated the back 3 to leave Moore no chance in goal. This Wednesday sees the final game of the season at home to Ballinamallard at Fairhill KO 7pm.
Cookstown Youth U12s v Moira Fc U12s

Cookstown welcomed Moira FC to MUSA on a very cold Saturday morning for a 10:00am kick off in the Mid Ulster Youth League.
The first half kicked off and spectators wouldve been forgiven for thinking that they were at the wrong match as a club (Cookstown Youth) who prides themselves on development decided this was the day to give those who are not usually in the starting line up their chance to shine.
It was a pretty even first half with both teams getting stuck in and cancelling out each others opportunities with the best chance coming for Cookstown as McAleer having linked up well with Nugent saw his shot go wide. With a well disciplined defensive trio of Larmour (later to be replaced by Donaghy) Morrison and Heagney and Glendenning in nets it seemed that should they let the midfielders Leek, McCallion and Graham do their thing they would easily have went to the break in front. This wasn’t the case however as with a slight lapse in concentration Moira luckily found themselves in front.
The second half kicked off and barring Donaghy it was a complete change of personnel as Cookstown reverted back to their usual 9 in their favoured positions. With this brought alot of possession and chances from Derby and Jeffers in particular that wouldve put the game beyond doubt. With Monaghan not having to make a save as his defence of Whitten Jeffers and O’Neill stood strong yet again as with the first half it was whether the midfield of Donaghy Larmour and Murphy could drive the play forward enough to deliver the chances for Derby and Armstrong to latch onto. Chances came and went and although they dominated score wise at least it wasnt to be Cookstowns day.
With it being effectively being a game of two halves with completely different lineups it would be an injustice to give only one man of the match so for this reason it goes to Glendenning who was both brave and  superb in nets in the first half taking control of anything that came near him and winning a 50/50 which drew gasps from the spectators only for him to get up and on with it to Whitten in the second half who controlled his defence and with calm play and mind mopped up everything that came his way.
Although the scoreline was against them on the day credit has to go to the management team who within the ethos of Cookstown Youth chose development over winning and gave young lads their chance which they embraced to the core.

Cookstown Youth: Glendenning,Larmour,Donaghy,Morrison,Heagney,McCallion,Leek,Graham,Nugent,McAleer,Monaghan,Whitten,Jeffers,O’Neill,Murphy,Derby,Armstrong.

Cookstown YFC 5 Remo FC 1


CYFC kept their promotion hopes alive with a good home win against Newtownabbey side REMO FC at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena running out 5-1 winner in the end.


The home side took the lead in the 2 minutes when Johnny Skids O’Neill drilled a sublime 30 yards pass from the left wing that found Barrie Kelly and Kelly took one touch on the edge of the box and curled and wonderful shot into the top corner for 1-0. Cookstown continued to dominate with Mark Larmour causing havoc with the Remo back line. Larmour should have added to the score on 8 and 16 minutes but the Remo keeper pulled of 2 good saves. The home team when 2 up on 20 minutes when Danny McElhatton unleashed a thunderous shot from 20 yards out that the keeper could only parry and it was Mark Megarry who pounced on the ball first to score from 5 yards out for 2-0. The home team were well on top at this stage with the Midfield duo of Johnny McKenna and Danny McElhatton bossing the centre of the park and with O’Neill and Kelly on both wings supplying some great ball for the front paring of Larmour and Megarry Chances were coming thick and fast. And it was Megarry who somehow missed the target from 2 yards out after a great ball in from Kelly on 30 minutes, the next attack say O’Neill find Larmour with a good pass but again a poor shot let the speedy striker down. It was soon 3-0 however as Megarry this time provided the pass for O’Neill to show the two young strikers how to finish from inside the box and on 40 minutes after a good run and pass from Larmour, O’Neill got his second with another good finish for 4-0. Right on the blow of half time Mark Larmour picked the ball up 25 yards out from his on goal and when on a great run but his attempted chip had the advancing keeper well beaten but it went just wide of the post.


The home side were 1st out of the box again in the second half when McKenna picking out a great run from full back John Scott and his cross picked out Megarry at the back post and this time the big Forward made no mistake to put his side 5-0 up. The away team continued with their long ball game and the was easily dealt with by the centre half paring of Steven McElhatton and George Dardis. John Scott and the young Jack Wilson were playing some great stuff at full back and getting forward to support Kelly and O’Neill on both wings. On 60 minutes Glasgow and McMenemy were introduced for the hard working McKenna and Megarry and again the home side pushed for more goals, O’Neill had a shot saved by the keeper and Larmour was just having one of them days when the keeper pulled another  save of from the young forward from 10 yards out. Remo had a spell with the ball as the home team kept giving the ball away and the should have scored on 78 minutes but Luke Donaghy pulled of a good save. Remo did pull a goal back a few minutes later when their left winger cut into the box and hit a shot from 16 yards out that looked to go right through Donaghy from 5-1. Cookstown tried to hit straight back with McMenemy this time hitting and shot from 16 yards out the hit the outside of the post. And in the last 10 minutes Larmour was again left 1 on 1 with the keeper but the keeper saved well. O’Neill had the last chance of the match but again found the Remo Keeper in no mood to be letting in anymore goals and the match finished 5-1 .


Team: L Donaghy, J Scott, J Wilson, G Dardis, S McElhatton, D McElhatton, J McKenna, B Kelly, J O’Neill, M Megarry, M Larmour, G McElhatton, K Scott, R Glasgow, R McMenemy, K McMullan


Cookstown are away next Saturday when they take on Larne Res at Inver Park in what will be seen at a top of the table clash. Larne sit 2nd in the league 2 points ahead of Cookstown. Kick off 2pm

George Dardis wins this airiel battle against Remo.Ryan Glasgow shows some silky skills against Remo
The CYFC Development Centre in partnership with Copeland Cookstown continues this coming Friday evening at The Mid Ulster Sports Arena and the big numbers just keep coming.
A big thanks to all the players for their attendance and also the Parents / Guardians for their continued support.
Coaching continues this week from 6.30pm – 7.45pm and if you are reading this and know of a player who would like to attend then go to our club website and get them registered, a word of caution though only registered players who have received an email from CYFC are eligible to attend and new players will be contacted in due course.

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