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Final Score – Valley Rangers 2 – CYFC 13s  1
Cookstown Youth U13’s played Valley Rangers at the Craigavon City 4g on Saturday. The home side settled quickly and from a corner kick scored the opening goal when Cookstown failed to clear the ball. The first half continued to be a very even contest with both teams creating chances, Cookstown deservedly equalised just before half-time with a cool finish by Ekiert.  Cookstown were the much stronger team in the second half and with Young and Nugent bossing midfield, they were soon dominating possession forcing Valley Rangers to concede several free kicks.  A brilliant pass out of defence by Donnell found Cahoon on the right wing and his cross was met by Smith whose shot went just wide hitting the side netting. Another chance fell to Smith but the goalkeeper was equal to it and was able to make the save.  With time running out Cookstown piled on the pressure, Smith hit a shot that the keeper couldn’t hold and the follow up by Henry was deflected away for a corner. In the final minute, Valley Rangers hit Cookstown on the break and heartbreak for Cookstown when they took the lead and won the game.   
CYFC 14s  3 – 2 Bandbridge
Cookstown welcomed Banbridge Rangers to the Sports Arena for the final league game of the season. Following an excellent performance the week before, Cookstown started sluggish and allowed Banbridge to settle into the game and dominate possession, this lead to Banbridge taking a 2-0 lead at half time. At tweak in formation allowed Cookstown to start the second half brighter and following a passing move the full length off the pitch, allowed A. Traill a shot on goal which was well saved before J. Donnelly knocked in the rebound. This gave the Cookstown side more confidence and they began to control the game, the equaliser came mid way through the second half, following a driving run by J. McElkennon who left footed shot across the keeper found the back of the net. Banbridge had a two chances to retake the lead but could not capitalise as S. Connelly cleared the ball off the line for one chance and the other the hitting the crossbar. Cookstown pushed for the winner and where awarded a freekick high on the left hand side of the pitch. As E. O’Neill whipped in the freekick it found itself beating everybody into the far corner. Cookstown saw out the game to win 3-2 in a very good second half performance.

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

Ballyclare North End 0 Cookstown YFC 4.


CYFC played Ballyclare last Tuesday evening in the League and kept the pressure on league leaders Branwood with a convincing 4-0 win. With the Cup final being played on Friday night CYFC Manager Niall Hunter played a very young side with 17 year olds Steven Arrell, Jack Wilson, Mark Larmour and U18s Wilson Tavares and Jordon Glasgow  all added to the squad. Cookstown were in control of the match from the start and it was Drew Kelly that put them 1 up after 20 minutes after a good run and pass from Tavares.  Drew Kelly then doubled the lead on 40 minutes this time linking well with Barrie Kelly for 2-0.

The 2nd half was much the same with Cookstown in control and it was MeGarry who scored Cookstown 3rd after a good cross from Steven Arrell. With 5 minutes to go Kyle McMullan put his side 4-0 up with a good back post header after Arrell had crossed again to finish the match which keeps Cookstown 2 points behind the league leaders with 2 games in hand.

Team L Donaghy, J Glesgow, J Wilson, J Leslie, P McGravey, D McElhatton, J McKenna, B Kelly, W Tavares, D Kelly, R McMenemy, K McMullan, S Arrell, M Megarry, J O’Neill, G Dardis, M Larmour





In their first season in junior football Cookstown youth seniors made the journey to play 3rd Ballyclare old boys in the Canada Trophy final at Allan park, Antrim. Both these teams have been in prolific form of late and it was always going to be a tight game. Ballyclare started of quick as they mounted pressure on the Cookstown defence. A freekick from 25 yards out by Balyclare was comfortably saved by McEllhatton in goal.Nerves were apparent in the Youth squad and they wee struggling to contain the Ballyclare attack . A few stern words from veteran centre half Dardis seem to work as the young forward partnership of Larmour and Megarry were now starting to carve out opportunities. Slick passing from Mckenna in midfield released Kelly on the flank and he provided a cross to which young Larmour squandered a golden opportunity to open the scoring. 3rd Ballyclare themselves had a wonderful chance to score only for the brave heroics of Glasgow at right back prevented a certain goal.Again Ballyclare breached the back line of the youth and this time Gareth McEllhatton pulled of a world class save to deny the Ballyclare front line. Barrie Kelly on the right wing was now getting a bit of space and provide telling balls in for Larmour and Megarry.  With dynamic duo Mckenna and McEllhatton starting to boss the matters in midfield the scoring finally opened in the 40th minute. Some nimble footwork between McEllhatton, McKenna and Kelly sent young speedster Larmour bearing down on goal but the Ballyclare keeper upended Larmour  and the referee pointed to the spot. Top goal scorer Jonny O,Neill accepted responsibility to take the penalty and he duely obliged by hitting the ball high into the roof of the net giving the keeper no chance and much to the delight of the travelling support who had made the journey from Cookstown.

Moments later a cross from Kelly found Megarry with the goal at his mercy but the young man managed to fluff his golden opportunity .to get on the score sheet.

At the start of the second half Ballyclare came out all guns blazing and this played into the hands of the youth. With gaps now opening in the defence of Ballyclare young speedster Larmour was getting to use his blistering pace to good effect. Cookstown had a corner on the 55 minute .  A hanging cross put in by Kelly and there was Dardis who majestically soared higher than anyone and headed a bullet of a header into the back of the net and double the lead of the youth. Larmour made it 3-0 when put through on goal the keeper came to meet him and missed the tackle and as cool as a cucumber the young man shot into an empty net . Manager Hunter made a few changes replacing Megarry and O,Neill with Keifer Scott and Drew Kelly. Both had and immediate impact on the game. Kelly created a chance for himself when he skipped a couple of tackles and rounded the keeper and with the goal at  his mercy he managed to skew his shot wide much to the disbelief of everyone in the ground. Ballyclare did get a consolation goal when the youth back 4 were undone and the Ballyclare forward headed into the goal. With minutes left Cookstown missed another open goal. Larmour who has been scoring for fun of late managed to miss a certain goal when from 5 yards out and no keeper on the line he managed to place his shot wide. Rodney Campbell the referee blew the final whistle much to the delight of all the players , management team and all the travelling supporters of Cookstown youth. At the end of the game Ballymena league chairman Ian Shields presented the Canada Trophy to winning capt Philip Mcgarvey.


G McEllhatton,Leslie, Dardis, Mcgarvey,Glasgow,McKenna,D McEllhatton,B Kelly,O,Neill,Megarry, Larmour’


K Scott, D Kelly, J Wilson, R Rocks, K McMullan, L Donaghy.

Now attention is turned back to the league. Cookstown have now been promoted to Ballymena div 1 but are still chasing leaders Brantwood with only 3 games left to play. 6 points will guarantee that the local side will be champions.

This Sat 14th May Cookstown youth seniors will entertain Mountainview at the MUSA 2pm KO all support welcome.

Next Jordan Scott Memorial 5 aside

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