CYFC UPDATE FROM FRIDAY / SATURDAY 29th and 30th January 2016

CYFC UPDATE FROM FRIDAY / SATURDAY 29th and 30th January 2016

CYFC 15s 2 Oxford Utd 4
Last Saturday the young sizzlers made the long trip to Templemore Sports Centre to face Oxford in a National League fixture. After a good victory over Aquinas in the NIBFA Cup the previous week both players and coaches were hopeful of a good away result. On a heavy pitch in wintry conditions Cookstown got off to the worst start conceding a penalty in the first five minutes of the game. The boys picked themselves up to force the equaliser on 11 minutes. Eoin Gallagher threaded a sublime through ball for Adam Speirs to coolly slot home from 15 yards, his first for the club. Gallagher and captain Iarlaith Donaghy tested the home keeper before Thomas Mackle headed inches wide from 10 yards. Dithering on the ball just outside the area twice led to Oxford racing into a 3-1 lead just before half time as their pace and movement up front caused Cookstown all sorts of problems. Into the second half a great ball by Shane Murphy found Donaghy who powered down the right, cut inside the area and thundered home Cookstown’s second on 50 minutes. Mackle went close before a superb free kick by Murphy was tipped unto the bar as Cookstown tried to get the equaliser. The boys pushed and pushed for their third but got caught out at the back in the dying minutes despite Morgan Moore’s best efforts in goal with Oxford claiming all 3 points.

Harry Wilson on the ball for the 15s against Oxford Utd.

CYFC 17s 3 Institute 0
The 17s took on League Title contenders Institute at a blustery MUSA last Friday evening and put on a show for those who braved the elements to watch.
Ben Young started in nets with a back four of Cameron Thom , Adam Keane , Michael Grimes and Jack Wilson , in midfield was Jack Dingley , Shea McConville , Ryan Rocks and Matthew Kelly and up front Kyle Devlin and Mark Larmour , which left Oliver Diamond , Stevie Arrell ,Cameron McMullan and Adam Watson on the bench.
The Cookstown lads dominated from the off and on a windy night the only way to play was keeping the ball on the ground and this proved to be the secret of success as the Derry men didn’t know how to deal with it. Devlin opened the scoring after some great work by Rocks and Kelly and not content with that Devlin picked up his second after a fantastic run by Larmour whose cross / shot was poked over the line to double the score going in to half time.
Against a strong wind in the second half should have been difficult for the home team , however they kept the momentum going and continued to play some devine football which led to substitute Arrell striking an Oscar style belter from outside the box into the top left hand corner of the Stute net giving their keeper no chance. At the other end Young in the CYFC goals pulled of at least three world class saves to secure the win for his team as well as a deserved clean sheet.
Man of The Match : Ryan Rocks.
CYFC 18s v Rathfriland
The 18s had an emphatic 11  1 win against Rathfriland last weekend and are still on course for the League title , however both teams and the referee need medals for turning out in freezing conditions and frequent blizzards , so result aside well done to all involved and in particular Rathfriland who travelled so far.
Wilson Taveres on the ball for the 18s against Rathfriland.The 18s huddle before the game , tactics or cold.IMG_1090
Development Centre
The Development Centre continues this Friday at MUSA and just a reminder to everyone that due to the fantastic numbers Registration has been closed for the time being.

Are you interested in taking up coaching the beautiful game!?

If the answer is yes then, The Cookstown Youth Development Centre in association with Copleands Cookstown needs you!!

Due to an increased numbers at CYFC Development centre the club will be running another Club Coach mentoring program. So we are calling on any Parents, Players or anyone that has a interest to contact the Club via Facebook, email or speak to a club coach. The program will see new coaches shown and trained how to coach children at the development centre and the will also be put through the IFA grassroots award and IFA Level 1 Course.

Please et in contact with us for further information.

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