Cookstown Youth U12s v Loughgall U12s MUYL Plate Final 2016

Cookstown Youth U12s hit the road on Saturday with venue being Lurgan Town Arena to face Loughgall U12s in the Mid Ulster Youth League Plate Final in a midday showdown. Although forecasters predicted bad weather the players could not have asked for better weather as the sun shone and conditions were excellent.

Cookstown kicked off the first half and almost immediately Derby found himself one on one with the opposing keeper just seeing his shot hit the woodwork and letting Loughgall know that Cookstown were more than up for this game. Not letting it get the better of him with almost a carbon copy of the first Derby was able to convert his second chance and Cookstown were on their way. It was all Cookstown from this moment with Loughgall having little or no answers to the simply sublime passing and movement that Cookstown were able to create and with this came a little luck as a cross from Derby saw the opposing team hit an OG. With the midfield trio of Larmour, Donaghy, and Murphy pushing up allowing O’Neill to drag players away Derby yet again found himself in space and duly converted from a low level cross with Cookstown seemingly cruising at this stage. And that they were as Murphy found himself in the right place at the right time to simply tap in his first and the fourth for Cookstown. They say you make your own luck and Cookstown did it in spades on the day as they watched Loughgall commit another error and turn the ball into their own net yet again. With the first half coming to a close Loughgall fired a warning sign with their first of the game just to show that they were still there.

Loughgall kicked off the second half and it certainly looked as their goal had given them a lift as they came out fighting with the defence of Jeffers, Whitten and McCallion being forced to make important interceptions whilst all the time protecting the goalkeeper Monaghan in nets. They duly obliged and with ease played it out from the back through the midfield with Derby almost waiting on the chance with which he converted and complete his hat-trick. With the game effectively won and the trophy in sight changes of personnel were afoot as Leek, Heagney, Graham and Morrison got their chance to which they didn’t disappoint. With Heagney and Morrison sewing up the back line Leek and Graham were able to create chances for themselves and others as they along with Larmour and Donaghy were unlucky not to find themselves propping up the list of goalscorers. Although 6-1 in front Cookstown were not done there as with his first Murphy found himself in a great position to tap in his second and managed to wrap up the game completing his hat-trick with a delightful shot across goal with the post helping it on its way in seeing Cookstown Youth U12s crowned MUYL Plate champions for 2016.

A fantastic display by all the players but the man or men of the match had to be split between two players in Donaghy and Murphy. With the latter running the left channel, getting into perfect positions to ensure he grabbed his hat-trick and his high work rate and the captain Donaghy who lead from the front giving a faultless display and winning all that came near in the centre of the park.

What makes the whole triumph even more endearing is that only 8 months ago this team did not even exist and came about asa parent sought a place for their child to play football this season. A lot of hard work has gone in by Mark and Coly to get the team up and running.  Players who played elsewhere or had never played in a team took a leap of faith and joined a team that at that stage wasn’t a team, and Cookstown Youth FC gave their backing as a club in allowing this to happen.  Eight short months has seen a team go from not being able to buy a win to a team that reached and won their respective final and become MUYL Plate winners 2016. Congrats to all involved in this huge achievement.


CYFC 12s , Mid Ulster Youth League Plate winners 2016CYFC 12s player unleashes a fierce shot against Loughgall Youth.Its a race for the ball between Loughgall and CYFC 12s.




Cookstown youth seniors made the journey to the coast to play Larne Olympic in a top of the table clash in which both teams are pushing for promotion and the possibility to actuallly win the league. With both teams being in dominate form of late this was to be a true test of steel. Cookstown started on the front foot and the opened the scoring in the first 5 mins. Trail blazer Larmour opened up on the right wing and whipped in a cross and there was goal predator Megarry to side foot the ball into the Larne net. The Larne defence were finding it hard to contain the pace of larmour and the young man was upended just outside the box by the centre half . From the resulting free kick Kelly shot over the bar. Midfield maestro Mckenna seen his effort go over the bar as the youth were camped inside the Larne half. Megarry  had a header saved from one of Barrie kelly,s missile throws.  On the 30th minute came one of the goals of the season. Great work from the midfield of the youth and a cross was sent in and there was O,Neill who flicked on a ball to Larmour and from 35 yards out hit a ball that screamed into the top corner of the goal giving the Larne keeper no chance. Cookstown defence of Dardis, McEllhatton ,Scott and Leslie were containing the Larne attack with ease.  A cross into the Larne box seemed easy to clear but the defender handled the ball and the referee pointed to the spot. Steven McEllhatton fluffed the chance to extend Cookstown lead when he shot at the keeper and the keeper pushed the ball to safety. John Scott found himself in the box and from a yard out he hit the ball over the bar when it seemed easier to score.
The second half started with the Larne side pressing the Cookstown defence. McEllhatton in goal was safely catching any high balls that were creating danger in front of the Cookstown goal. On 50 mins again Larmour skipped past the Larne defence and again he was upended in  the box and the ref had no hesitation but to give the youth another penalty on the day. This time O,Neill stepped up to take the penalty and as coolly as you like hit the ball high into the roof of the net again giving the Larne keeper no chance. Larne tried to break the Cookstown midfield but McKenna and Danny McEllhatton were majestic in the midfield battle with Larne.
Larmour again broke down the left flank and put in a cross and there was Barrie Kelly at the corner of the box who unleashed a shot which rattled the back of the Larne net to make the score 4.0 to the visitors. Larne did get back into the game when  a long ball into the box caught  McEllhatton in goal out and the ball sailed into the goal to everyones surprise.Hunter then made a few substitutions, Mcmenemey replaced Larmour, Megarry was replaced by Keifer Scott and Glasgow replaced O,Neill. Scott with his first touch hit the post. McMenemey seen his effort saved by the Larne keeper . With only minutes left on the clock Keifer Scott had a shot form all of 30 yards out , the ball just curled at the last and hit the base of the post much to the young mans dismay. The referee blew the full time whistle with the score Larne Olympic 1 Cookstown Youth seniors 4. This win moves the youth up into automatic promotion place and a great chance of winning the league.
This Sat 30 April the Cookstown youth seniors travel to 3 mile water to play Remo with a  2pm ko
Cookstown Youth seniors team
G McEllhatton, Leslie,S McEllhatton, Dardis, J Scott, D McEllhatton, McKenna, O,Neill,Kelly, Megarry, Larmour
K Scott, Glasgow, Mcmenemey, Wilson, Hunter
Barrie Kelly who was on the score sheet for CYFC against Larne Reserves.
CYFC Seniors For The Canada Cup Final.
The CYFC seniors are playing in the final of the Canada trophy on Friday 6th May at Allen Park in Antrim. 7.15pm kick off. CYFC are running  a supporters bus leaving from the Roya Hotell at 6pm. The costs are as follows:
The bus will cost £5 per person. Entry into the match is £5 however anyone 16 years and under will get in free.. Anyone looking to book a seat on bus must contact Phil Gray or leave a private message on our Facebook page by the 2nd May 2016.


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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