9th March 2016 1757 Views


CYFC Youth U11s   7    Portadown Colts   2

Cookstown Youth U11s hosted Portadown Colts last Saturday in the quarter final of the Mid Ulster Knockout Cup. The Cookstown lads had defeated the boys from Shamrock Park earlier in the season but we’re expecting a more difficult game this time around and so it proved.
The Portadown boys started on the front foot and took an early lead through a fantastic strike from their striker which gave Scott Gillis in the Cookstown net no chance. This seemed to kick-start the Cookstown boys into gear and they started to play their usual flowing football which resulted in the equalising goal.A ball in from the right hand side from Shea Mc Cann landed to the feet of Kai Lamont and he made no mistake with his finish to level the scores.
However within a few minutes Portadown again took the lead.Some great play from the Portadown wide man in going past Kristian Levsins and then driving the ball to the corner of the Cookstown net.
To the credit of the home team they never let their heads drop and again were the team playing all the football.A great ball from defender  Ben Mc Adoo into Michael Mc Elhatton put the midfielder into space and his shot was perfectly met by Keegan Hampsey to tie the game up again.
This time their was no lapse in concentration and the Cookstown boys really kicked on before the half time whistle.Michael Mc Elhatton and Kai Lamont were controlling the midfield battle and with Harry Bownes stepping in from defence the Cookstown boys were well on top and before long took the lead for the first time in the game.A looping ball from the wide area from Shea Mc Cann found David Monaghan unmarked at the back post and he made no mistake.Then on the stroke of half time a pinpoint corner from Michael Mc Elhatton was met by the head of Harry Bownes and the big defender powered the header to the net to leave the Cookstown lads leading 4-2 at the half time whistle.
If the first half was a tight affair then the second half was all one way traffic.The Cookstown boys really stepped up through the gears and moved further ahead. Firstly David Monaghan got on the score sheet again and this was followed by a goal from Shea Mc Cann. The introduction then of Charlie Hawker,Jamie Shephard and Luke Haycock seemed to work wonders with all three having good performances. The scoring was then finished by a fine header from Michael Mc Elhatton to leave the final score of Cookstown Youth U11s  7  Portadown Colts U11s  2 and moving the Cookstown boys into a Semi Final place.

Cookstown Youth U11s Team
Scott Gillis,Ben Mc Adoo,Harry Bownes,Kristian Levsins, Shea Mc Cann,Michael Mc Elhatton,David Monaghan,Kai Lamont, Keegan Hampsey,Charlie Hawker, Jamie Shephard, Luke Haycock.

CYFC 11s Michael weaves through against Portadown Youth.IMG_1540

Cookstown Youth U12s v Tandragee U12s (MUYL)

On a run of home games it was back to MUSA again on Saturday where Cooktown Youth U12s welcomed Tandragee U12s in the Mid Ulster Youth League. Although a cold morning the rain came and went and allowed brief glimpses of the sunshime we expect this time of year all in all setting the perfect scene for the match.

Tandragee kicked off the first half and for a while it was the only touch of the ball that they had as Cookstown knocked the ball about with some sublime passing ensuring that their opponents where doing all the chasing. Although the dominant side Cookstown tried with fantastic build up play to get that all important breakhrough but giving credit to the opposing goalkeeper he stood strong and prevented the flurry of shots that came his way with the pick of the bunch coming from both Leek and O’Neill. With Cookstown unable to convert their chances Tandragee managed on a few occasions to hit them on the break but soon seen their opportunities thwarted as the defence trio of Whitten, Morrison and Jeffers stood firm ensuring Monaghan had very little to do. Nearing the end of the half and with their possession football Cookstown drew a foul from their opponents. Donaghy stepped up to take the free kick and although Tandragee had a height advantage he managed to get it over the wall and leave the opposing keeper planted to the floor as he watched the ball float over his head and in giving Cookstown a marginal lead at the break.

With the score line in their favour Cookstown kicked off the second half and maybe became a bit complacent giving their dominance in the first half as it wasn’t long before Tandragee had their own breakthrough and the game was tied. Stepping up again and with the driving force of the midfield made up of Murphy, Donaghy and Larmour pushing higher up the pitch Tandragee yet again were feeling the barrage of shots that they had become accustomed to in the first half with their goalkeeper seemingly unbeatable as he kept his team in the game. Larmour however made sure that this was not the case as coming in from the right side managed to drill his shot past him and Cookstown were back in front again. As with the start of the half complacency set in and Cookstown saw their dominant play and lead diminish as Tandragee yet again managed to level the game completely against the run of play and with a minute of play left the clock beat them to the win.

Man of the match went to Larmour who ran the right side of the pitch, penetrated their defence on a number of occasions, passed his way out of trouble and with his shot and goal thought that he had given his side the win.

A great game from Cookstown who gave their all going forward only to see their chances denied by a goalkeeper who was having his game of the season and although the spoils were shared they will feel this was a game that they should have won comfortably.

Cookstown: Monaghan, Whitten, Jeffers, Morrison, Murphy, Donaghy, Larmour, Leek, O’Neill, Graham, Cathal, Duffin

CYFC 13s Finton on the ball against Tandragee RoversIMG_1496

CYFC 14s v Dromore Amateurs

Cookstown welcomed league leaders Dromore to Fairhill on Saturday. Cookstown started brightly and had the majority of possession throughout the opening twenty minutes. After this Dromore started to come into the game a took the lead just before half time. Cookstown continued to press to score an equaliser but where hit several times on the counter attack. Cookstown continued to play football and had several chances to score but could not capitalise, they eventually got the break through with a J. McElkennon strike before B. Tereso scored shortly after the leave the final score Cookstown 2 – 4 Dromore.

E. Donnelly D. Banas C. Robb J. McElkennon  S. Connelly P. Monaghan E. O’Neill J. Donnelly  D. O’Neill S. Coleman A. Traill D. Devlin  B. Tereso

CYFC u15s 1 Enniskillen Rangers 1
With several players missing due to a variety of reasons, manager Gerry Quinn delved deep into his 20 man squad to face Rangers in a National League fixture. Both teams created opportunities from the off with Rangers taking the lead after a massive deflected shot wrong footed Moore in goal after 10 minutes. Speirs and Donaghy both went close from range and a headed effort with Moore having to be sharp on three occasions just before half time. Into the second half Cookstown created some great efforts with Gabrysiak clipping the cross bar with a hooked effort on 40 minutes. Donaghy went close from two long range efforts before the Fermanagh boys failed to execute with the goal at their mercy. Substitute Kyle Cahoon calmly slotted home his first of the season on the hour mark after a great through ball from Patterson. Cahoon went close again right at the death but a draw was probably about right at the end. MOM Rian Mullan.
Crusaders in the quarter final of the NI Cup next Sat at home – all support welcome.

U15s William Kenning has only eyes for the ball against Enniskillen Rangers.IMG_1567

Strathroy Harps U16 — 3

Cookstown Youth — 6

The game was scrappy at times and Cookstown drew first blood with Jack Turkington`s cross turned in by the unlucky defender. Martin McCracken made a great run but was harshly flagged for off side and then Strathroy equalised as Cookstown were caught napping with a long ball. Kaelum Irvine shot narrowly wide but then Strathroy went ahead as another long ball wasn`t dealt with at the back. Ryan McFarland made a good burst off the left flank and coolly dinked the keeper. Cookstown were all over the place at the start of the second half and it was little surprise when they again went 3-2 behind. Cookstown stepped up their efforts in the last 20 minutes and started by crafting a fine goal as Nathan Connolly cleverly evaded his marker and he fired over a cross and Adam Scott finished it off. Moments later they went ahead with Tyler Anderson`s deep cross headed in by Sam Hardy. Another dangerous cross resulted in another own goal and at last Cookstown were starting to show their class. Tyler Anderson wrapped it up as he fired a long range effort over the despairing keeper.



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



Clough Rangers Athletic 1 Cookstown Youth Seniors 6
It was back to league action for Cookstown Youth Seniors as the traveled to Clough to take on Clough Rangers Athletic . The game started of scrappy in midfield but Cookstown settled down and started to find their stride. Mcgarvey set up Glasgow to which the young man blazed a shot just over the bar. O neil who has been in prolific goal scoring form of late seen his first effort scrape paint of the cross bar from 40 yards out. Clough were looking dangerous and it took senior player Mcellhatton at the back to marshall his defensive line. Gareth Mcellhatton was called on early to stop an effort by Mcquicy. The young trio of Megarry, Scott and Doyle were now starting to carve up the Clough midfield. Megarry had a shot from 20 yard out only for it to be blocked but the ball fell at Oneills feet and he showed no mercy by blasting the ball in the net to give the youth the lead.Paul Stewart replaced Danny Mcellhatton after 30 mins due to an injury. Jordan Scott had a chance to extend the lead but his effort just went wide. Clough pushed and they sprung the off side trap and their was Mcquincy to shoot high into the Cookstown goal and level matters up. Cookstown Youth then stepped up a gear. . Clough were finding it hard to contain Megarry and it was the big man who was next to score. With Clough defence carved open Megarry hit a thunderbolt of a shot that flew into the net to restore the Cookstown lead and take them into the half leading 2.1.
The Youth started the second half on the front foot and the pressure was relentless on the Clough goal.
On 48th minute Oneill got his second . John Scott motoring down the right flank put in a super cross and all Oneill had to do was guide the ball into the Clough goal. Within minutes Megarry scored his second when young midfield maestro Keifer Scott dazzled the Clough defence and put in an inch perfect cross and there was Megarry to make it 4.1 to the visitors.Chances were coming thick and fast and it was Aiden Doyle who was  next to get himself on the score sheet.  A ball played through from midfield left Doyle one on one with the keeper and this young marksman made no mistake in rounding the keeper and putting the ball into an empty net. James Leslie went on one of his virtuoso runs but his final shot let him down.Kyle Mcmullan came on for Glasgow and he made his presence felt with a thunderbolt from 35 yards that clipped the cross bar. Goal hunter Megarry got his hat trick when Doyle crossed to the big man in the box and Megarry side footed the ball into the net to make it 6.1. there was a late substitution when Larmour came on for Keifer Scott . Cookstown Youth seen out the rest of the game and the final score ended Clough Rangers Athletic 1 Cookstown Youth Seniors 6
This Sat 12th March sees the seniors take on Sport and Leisure reserves in the 1/4 final of the Canada Trophy.
KO 2pm at the MUSA
Mark Megarry



Cookstown Youth Football Club are holding a Table Quiz on Saturday 19th March in The Royal Hotel Cookstown , kick-off 8.30pm.

Test your knowledge and at the same time enjoy a great nights fun which in turn will help CYFC continue to serve the local community.

All teams will be made very welcome and each team are allowed six quizzers and the enterence fee is £5 each person.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 19th March .

Table Quiz




CYFC Development Centre continues this Friday 11th March 2016 at The Mid Ulster Sports Arena. Player numbers are still unbelievably high and unfortunately the waiting list is still in place , however we look forward to seeing another good crowd this week again.

One of the Development Cntr groups from Fri 20.11.15


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