7th April 2016 2395 Views


Ballinamallard Utd u12s v CYFC 12s .

Last Friday evening saw Ballinamallard u12’s host CYFC u12’s in the National League Knock-out Cup semi final .

This match was to be a massive contest for both team who were aiming to get their hands on their first bit of silverware of the season and a place in the final of the national league ko cup was at stake. Both teams were as up for this fight as the other team and when ko got under way it was Ballinamallard who would take the upper hand immediately pressuring Cookstown in their own half creating several chances in the first 15mins Cookstown however  threw some great defending from B Purvis in goals and a back line of S Donnelly N.O’Donnell, Se O’Hare and particularly C Devlin who was the stand out defender of the night weathered the storm and eventually started to grow into the game and finished the last 10mins of the first half definitely the stronger team.

As the second half got under way and Cookstown having made a few slight changes to positions Cookstown would continue the second half the way they did the first but knew they had a real fight on their hands with this Ballinamallard side who was particularly very strong at pressing the ball in the right areas of the pitch and also as equally very strong in possession.

However it was Cookstown who remained the most dangerous and the most likely to score in which 1 goal would possibly be enough to win this tightly contested match between two equal sides.

Play went on in the second half and afew nerves were definitely floating around as play went from one end back the other and a midfield of M Hurl, M Forbes, M Conlin, J Devlin working tirelessly against their midfield to see who could get the upper hand it would prove Cookstown where definitely helped with a stand out performance from B Hamilton who’s composure and confidence on the ball would be something to be admired for a player of his age.

As the final whistle neared both teams were looking towards extra time and possibly penalties Shea O’Hare capped off a brilliant man of the match performance doing what he had to do all night which was chasing down countless threw balls and this time it would pay of when he stood strong against a incoming defender to hit a shot which was parried but the goal keeper and again O’Hare latched onto the rebound to lob the ball over the goalkeeper into the other corner of the net and make it 1-0 to Cookstown as expected 1 goal was enough to win this contest but Cookstown did have to withstand the last 5mins with Ballinamallard pushing hard and coming close with a few good chances including hitting the post with a long range effort.

Overall a brilliant contest and fantastic performance from Cookstown who now move into the final.

Team:  B Purvis, S Donnelly, N.O’Donnell, Se.O’Hare, C Devlin, J Devlin, B Hamilton, M Forbes, M Hurl,  R Ferguson, Sh.O’Hare, D McNally, C Hughes, B Ryan.


CYFC 12s , before their emphatic win against Ballinamallard.U12s Man of The Match Shea O'Hare is congratulated by manager Ryan Hamilton.

Dungannon Youth u12 v Cookstown Youth u12 ( Mid Ulster Youth League)

Cookstown made the short journey on Saturday up the road to Dungannon to take on Dungannon Youth in a 9am kick off and although the rain stayed away there was a cold mist hanging over the pitch which at times made conditions difficult.
Cookstown kicked off the first half and seemed to start the brighter of the two sides but after a few minutes this changed as the playmaker Donaghy had to come off injured forcing a change in centre midfield and seemingly changing the game. With this in mind Dungannon were now allowed to move the ball around with a bit of freedom that had been lacking in the early stages and although Cookstown had a few chances they found themselves heading into the break at a deficit.
The second half kicked off and Donaghy returned with it bringing stabilty to the midfield. Yet again Cookstown had settled and were playing the better football resulting in a beautiful through ball from Donaghy to Armstrong who took his chance well and Cookstown were back in the game. Unfortunately this wasnt to last long as Dungannon pressed on and a few defensive errors saw them pull away again leaving Cookstown chasing again. Although the game was now beyond them Cookstown done their best to reduce the deficit and did so as Leek (who won every tackle he threw himself into and gave Dungannon a headache) done all the hard work to leave Murphy one on one with the goalkeeper to which he duly obliged.
Although not one of their better days positives can be taken as they never gave up and maybe complacency had set in due to their fantastic recent form which serves to bring them back down to earth and realise that every game is not as easy as they had made previous games seem.

Cookstown: Monaghan,Jeffers,Whitten,Jamie,Ethan,McCallion,O’Neill,Larmour,Donagh,Murphy,Leek,Armstrong.


Cookstown Youth U16 — 5

Windmill Stars U16 — 0

Cookstown scored early with Philip Laverty involved in some excellent work and Sam Hardy slotting home. Matthew Scott hammered an effort off the bar from 25 yards out and then a brilliant cross from Jack Turkington caught all of his team mates back on their heels. Ryan Murphy reached a deep cross and Martin McCracken applied a simple finish. McCracken added another with a left foot strike evading the keeper and then a thunderous strike from Adam Scott brought a great save but Sam Hardy finished the rebound. Martin McCracken latched onto an opportunity when Windmill`s defence failed to clear a high ball and he deservedly completed a hat trick. This win keeps Cookstowns` league ambitions alive.



Adam Scott, Jack Turkington, Tyler Anderson, Matthew Scott, Brendan Davey,  Martin McCracken,  Jamie Campbell ,  Ryan Murphy ,  Philip Laverty ,  Erik Banas, Kaelum Irvine, Ryan McFarland , Afonso Tereso, Sam Hardy , Jake Crooks, Nathan Connolly

CYFC 16s


With Cookstown making the final of the Canada trophy  weeks ago it was back to league action in the Ballymena league last Saturday. Cookstown travelled to Ballymena to play Wakehurst Strollers knowing a win would keep their automatic promotion push on track. With the Strollers being the only team to inflict a league defeat on the youth this season , the Cookstown team were set on revenge. As early as the first minute the Youth opened the scoring. A missile throw from Kelly caught the Strollers defence napping and there was O,Neill to scissor kick the ball into the Wakehurst net.Striker Megarry had a pop at goal but his effort just went wide of the post. John Scott got himself in on the action and it was his telling cross into the box that found O,Neill and the striker just buried a shot hard and low into the net giving Cunningham in goal no chance and that made the score 2.0 with only 5 minutes gone.It was all one way traffic  on the Wakehurst goal and only for the heroics of Cunningham in goal were keeping Cookstown at bay. Mckenna watched his curling shot just go agonisingly wide. Even veteran centre half Dardis had a golden chance to score , only he fluffed his chance wide. Wakehurst forward line of Calderwood and Quigley were being contained by the back 4 of Scott, Dardis , McEllhatton and Leslie. McGarvey had a shot that that was superbly saved by Cunningham. With half time approaching Megarry was fouled in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Steven McEllhatton cooly slammed the ball high into the net to give Cookstown youth a 3.0 lead at half time.
Cookstown started the second half on fire and Kelly had a header that had goal written all over it but Cunningham again came out with a super save in goal.Another Kelly throw in  special found Megarry and that big man headed into the Wakehurst goal to make it 4 for the visitors. Wakehurst did claw one back when Quigley was upended in the box and another penalty was given. McEllhatton in goal for the youth had nothing to do all day but pick the ball out of the net as Quigley scored his penalty.  A flicker of hope for the Strollers was quickly put out when Kelly chipped the Strollers defence and there was Megarry who shows no mercy in front of goal blasted a shot past Cunningham to make it 5. With the game now comfortable Cookstown introduced Keifer Scott and Larmour  . Megarry fed a ball for O,Neill and he did not waste the opportunity to get his first hatrick of the season when he casually rounded the keeper and put the ball into the net to make it 6. Scott and Larmour were now making light work of the Strollers defence with their blistering pace. Both young players were guilty of wasting golden opportunities to extend the lead but it was Megarry who showed the youngsters how to do it when from 20 yards out he casually placed the ball high into the roof of the Strollers net to make the score 7.1 to Cookstown youth seniors. Mcmullan was introduced later on in the game but all the scoring had been done.
This Sat 9th April Cookstown youth seniors travel to take on league leaders Brantwood at Skegoneil ave 2pm ko.
Cookstown team
G McEllhatton, Leslie,Scott, S McEllhatton, Dardis, D McEllhatton,McKenna,O,Neill,Kelly, McGarvey, MeGarry
K Scott, Larmour, McMullan, Donaghy,Mcmenemey
johnny O'Neill


Development Centre

CYFC Development Centre in partnership with Copeland Cookstown commences again this Friday 8th April 2016 at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena .

Players who are already registered are asked to be at MUSA for 6.15pm for sign-in and the session is from 6.30pm – 7.45pm.

The numbers for our Friday nights has been phanominal and way beyond our expectations and long may this continue , so we look forward to seeing everyone back again this week.

Due the large numbers there is a standby list and by now those players should have received an email , and if not you will this week , if not please contact …… or Public Relations Officer Andy Kelly on 07872901473.


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