Lurgan Town Predators U11 3 Cookstown Youth U11 5

CYFC Youth U11 travelled to the Lurgan Town Arena on Saturday to take on local side Lurgan Town Predators in the Knockout Cup. The game started at a frantic pace with both sides having early chances however it was Cookstown who took the lead after 10 minutes. Great link up play in midfield between Keegan Hampsey and David Monaghan who then made a great cross to Michael Mc Elhatton to finish to the net.The goal seemed to settle the visitors and within a few minutes their lead was doubled.A handball by a Lurgan defender led to a Cookstown penalty which was coolly put away by David Monaghan. Then just before the half time whistle with the Cookstown lads playing some great football they scored again.This time a great through ball by Michael Mc Elhatton sent David Monaghan through on goal and again he made no mistake to give the visitors a deserved 3-0 half time lead. Lurgan started the second half on the front foot and pushed an extra man up front and that changed worked straight away with them pulling a goal back. The backline of Harry Bownes,Kristians Levsins and Charlie Hawker were then tested for a period of minutes and along with Scott Gillis in goal held firm.Against the run of play Cookstown again scored through a fine individual goal from Shea Mc Cann to make the score 4-1 to Cookstown.Lurgan again didn’t lie down and to their credit played some nice football and within the space of 5 minutes managed to get a foothold in the game and score twice leaving a nervy final 10 minutes.With the introduction of Luke Haycock for Keegan Hampsey who worked tirelessly throughout and also replacing Kai Lamont with Jamie Shephard the Cookstown lads again took control and finally made the game safe when a cross shot from Shea Mc Cann landed at the feet of Luke Haycock who finished to the net to leave the final score of Lurgan Town Predators 3 Cookstown Youth 5.This was a real tough game for the Cookstown lads against a team who have already made the final of the league cup this season but will give the lads great confidence for the rest of the season.Again many thanks to the parents who came along to support on a really cold day.

CYFC 12s v Tristar Boys

This weeks match for the cookstown youth u12s was a  cup match at home against tri star Derry the venue beechway cookstown 11.00 am KO,the game started with tri star taking centre from the off Cyfc closing the opposition down giving them no outlet for passing making it difficult for them to get out of there own half,Cyfc continued breaking up there possession all over the pitch forcing mistakes out of the tri star side Cyfc then turned up the heat working from back to front fluently passing and cutting open the tri star defense with wave after wave of attacks cookstown struck first with a fine finish from Shea o’hare the game never seemed to be out of the hands of the cookstown side as the defense of Hamilton,odonnell,Ryan and Devlin were quick to vanish the threats as the first half went on the Cyfc boys passed confidently throughout with Forbes providing s’ohare with a first half hatrick,towards the end of the first half Tristar started to push up causing a back pass to be intercepted by the Tristar forward giving them there first goal that was to be the last action of the first half,the second half kicked of to a similar fashion with Tristar on the back foot and Cyfc cutting them open with Forbes, ferguson  and Donelly at the forefront of the assists with 15 minutes remaining changes were made and new energy was injected into the attack which lead to create s’ohares fourth and  fifth goals and even the brother Sean O’Hare  got in on the act close to the end with a side foot finish bringing the final score to 6-1 a brilliant effort from all the boys on a very uneven grass pitch.

Ben Purvis,Callum Devlin,Blaine Ryan,Nial O/Donell,Brandon Hamilton,Stephan Donelly,Michael Forbes,Ross Ferguson,Matthew Conlon ,Shea O’Hare Sean O’Hare
James Devlin,Mathew McCann,Mathew Hurl,Thomas Armstrong
Rathfriland v CYFC 12s (MUYL)
Cookstown youth U12s made the long journey across country on Saturday to take on Rathfriland Youth U12s in the first round of the Mid Ulster Youth League Cup. Playing their first competitive match of 2016  conditions were not favourable as along with the rain the wind was stirring on the hill that is Rathfriland.
Cookstown started slowly and invited the play onto them resulting in an early goal for the home side. The goal was maybe what Cookstown needed to happen as they began to find their form and play the football that we become accustomed to seeing from them. The opposition seeing this began to get a little more heavy handed resulting in Larmour taking a knock early on and having to be replaced from the subs bench. Although forced changes meant Cookstown had to change their shape they dug deep and began to create chances and the breakthrough came as McCallion played a throughball to Murphy with which he beat an opposing player and hammered it against the roof of the net leaving the opposing goalkeeper standing idol. Donaghy and McCallion went on to have further chances but the sides went in level at the break.
Cookstown started the second half brightly but came undone yet again as the home side hit them on the counter resulting in another goal and Cookstown with work to do. As with the first half it gave Cookstown an extra gear with shots flying in from McCallion Donaghy and Larmour only to see their chances saved by the opposing goalkeeper or deflect wide. However the equaliser came in a spectacular piece of play with Jeffers linking up with Donaghy who passed to McCallion who as with the first goal played a lovely through ball to Murphy who came inside on his right and hoofed it into the top right hand corner. Sides were now level and with Cookstown in full control it seemed that it was only a matter of time before their 3rd of the game would come. It wasn’t to be as the second half drew to a close and extra time loomed.
Cookstown completely dominated the play in both the halves of extra time with shot after shot but to no avail as the home defence stood firm and the opposing goalkeeper keeping his team in the game.
With the sides still level it was on to the lottery that is penalties and although Monaghan pulled out a spectacular save it just wasn’t to be as Cookstown full of emotion left the pitch having done more than enough to win saw them defeated in the harshest of ways.
Man of the match could have been chosen with a flip of a coin between Donaghy who ran and controlled the middle of the park with his fantastic link up play and desire to win every ball and Murphy who made the left wing his own helping create chances and ultimately converting two of the chances he had with the latter just shaving it as his second goal could easily be a contender for goal of the season.
Cookstown: Monaghan,Jeffers,Whitten,O’Neill,Larmour,Donaghy,Murphy,McCallion,Leek,Drew.
CYFC 13s v Castlecaulfield
Cookstown Youth U13’s played Castlecaufield Youth in the MUYL KO Cup at the Fairhill Playing Fields, Cookstown on Saturday. Cookstown began the match well and it didn’t take them long to get into their stride putting the visitors under pressure. Cookstown were awarded a free kick just outside the box which was taken be Smith and flicked home by Adams.  Castlecaufield equalized soon after, Cookstown kept piling on the pressure and were rewarded with two well taken goals from Young.  Cookstown dominated the second half with some strong midfield play and a hat-trick from Smith saw Cookstown finish comfortable winners.
Final Score: – Cookstown 6 – Castlecaufield 2
The 13s tussel for the ball against Castlecaulfield
CYFC 15s v Ridgeway Rovers.
Last Saturday CYFC u15s succumbed for the second season in a row to Section A side Ridgeway in the league cup first round. The homesters started brightly on a heavy and bumpy Fairhill pitch and raced into the lead through top goal scorer Eoin Gallagher. A fine through ball by Thomas Mackle was met by Gallagher who drove home just inside the post from 20 yards. From a corner Cookstown’s defenders were caught ball watching as Ridgeway pounced at the near post to equalise on 20 minutes. Tiernan Mackle and Shane Murphy both tested the Belfast keeper before a quick break saw Ridgeway take the lead just before half time. Into the second half despite a fine clearance by Tiernan Mackle off the line and two great save by Morgan Moore the Belfast boys exploited a disjointed performance to run out easy winners and go into the second round. For the young sizzlers and their coaches an immediate refocus is essential with the NIBFA Cup against Carryduff on the horizon.
Shane Murphy keeps posseion for the 15s against Ridgeway.
Larne 3 CYFC 17s 2
The 17s made the long trip to Larne last Friday to take on the Larne Youth u17s at a chilly Cliff playing fields.
The visitors found it difficult to settle against a very good home team and were 1 down after twenty minutes when a corner wasnt dealt with and the ball was stabbed across Ben Youngs line. Jack Wilson shwed some silky skills on several occasions but the Larne keeper was able to keep any threat at bay. Larne went two up just before half time with a thunderbolt of a shot which gave Young no chance.
The second half was a much tighter affair and the Cookstown boys started to cause Larne a few problems with Mark Larmour , Stevie Arrell and Jack Wilson all coming close, and it was that man Larmour who grabbed a goal back for the visitors to put them back into the game after some great play from Ronan Hughes and Matthew Kelly. No sooner had the Cookstown lads settled in and were looking for the equalizer than the Larne striker unleashed another missile of a shot which again left Young helpless and restored their two goal cushion. Shea McConville showed some nice feet when he came on and Kelly had two headers cleared of the line before Arrell grabbed a consolation goal with five minutes to go when he struck from outside the box after a great run up the left wing , but unfortunately it was to little to late.
Squad : Ben Young , Adam Watson , Adam Keane , Jamie McCrum , Jack Wilson, Jack Dingley , Matthew Kelly , Ronan Hughes , Oliver Diamond , Stevie Arrell , Mark Larmour , Kyle Devlin , Michael Grimes and Shea McConville.
Cookstown Youth Manager Niall Hunter was ecstatic to Finally get a match last Saturday. The Seniors have not played a league or cup match since 21st November and not played in the league from the 7thNovember. A mixture of the very bad weather and away teams grounds not fit to cope with the amount of rain has resulted in 11 weeks without a match.  Manager Hunter Commented “It has been very frustrating for everyone. I added 3 players to the squad on the first week of January and we have seen a great eagerness from everyone in training and they were all chomping at the bit to get playing. So much so we have competition for places all over the pitch which is good for us but gives me a headache I don’t mind. The weather has not been great and with us having so many away games to play Grounds around the country are just not the same as they are in Cookstown. It’s going to leave us with a back log if we get any more called off and we don’t really want to be playing mid-week in April. Cookstown are well placed in the league and if we can win our games in hand we will not be far of the top spot. Our aim now is to get into the top 2 and get promoted this season out of this league. If we could do that I think we would not have a case of waiting 11 weeks for a game next season as the teams that play up a league look to have much better grounds, so that is an extra incentive for us to get out of this league. For the full month of January I had a full squad of players to pick from and no game but over the coming month we have a few players missing each week for different reasons and we will most likely play every week so I will be using a few of the 18s and 17s for the games ahead, but overall I would rather be playing than not”.
CYFC seniors before their Ballynure game.
With the bad weather and closure of pitches Cookstown Seniors have not kicked a competitve ball in over 3 months in the Ballymena division 2 but last Saturday at the Fairhill Ballynure Old Boys were the visitors in what can only be discribed as classic game of football. Both these teams came into the game as possible contenders to win this division. Ballynure themselves brought up several of their first teamers who are riding high at the top of the Ballymena Intermediate league but the local men were not going to have a big say in the game.
Barrie Kelly a new signing for the club in the January transfer window was making his debut for the club. Kelly who has one of the longest throws in Irish football was using it to great effect. On 15 mins Kelly threw one of his missiles into the box and there was Glasgow unmarked and as casually as you like blasted the ball intot the net to put the hosts 1 nil up. Mcgarvey and Mckenna were having a real battle in the midfield trying to contain Houston and Higgins.On a rain soften pitch there was some meaty tackles were going in and referee Trainor was happy to give freekick after freekick. John Scott  who has hit a purple patch of form was really digging into the task and it was him and Doyle who were carving out openings on the right hand flank. Several good crosses were put in by Doyle into the box but there was just no final touch at the end of each cross. Danny Mcellhatton in for the missing James Leslie was having a stormer of a game . Mcellhatton was containing Ricky Higgins and there seemed to be no way past the Cookstown defence for Ballynure. The match at times was scrappy in the first half but it was the Youth who were making all the chances.Mcmenemey,Mckenna and Kelly all had half chances but they seen them all go wide. The Youth went into the break leading 1.0
The second half started with the seniors on the front foot again. A corner by Kelly was met by the head of Mckenna and his effort came back of the cross bar. Just when Cookstown were getting into their rythmn Ballynure clawed their way back into the game. A free kick into the box and there seemed to be a bit of player scrimmaging and the referee pointed to the penalty spot saying Mcellhatton had brought down Houston much to the dismay of the Cookstown team and coaching team on the side lines. Houston placed the ball and sent Gareth Mcellhatton in goal the wrong way. Cookstown dusted themselves down and took the game back to Ballynure and within minutes they were awarded a penalty. Doyle in the box was brutally chopped down in the box and the penalty awarded. Doyle placed the ball and took the kick only for the Ballynure keeper to make a super save and keep the scores level. Kelly on the left was making telling runs and it was the debutant man who set up the next goal. Thundering down the left flank Kelly cut inside 2 midfielders and left the right back for dead and then put in a cross to which Aiden Doyle coming in from the right hand side reached out with the outside of his right foot and curled the ball into the net much to the jubilations of his team mates.
Just when all was under control The Cookstown Seniors gifted a goal to Ballynure. Dardis the veteran centre half seemed have a ball covered and was waiting for Mcellhatton in goal to come out  but amist the confusion Sterling on the right wing sneaked in and put the ball into the net to level up the game.
Doyle was replaced with speed merchant Mark Larmour and this young lad made an immediate impact . With his speed he blistered down the right flank and put in some telling crosses but Mcmenemey could not get himself on the end of them. Midfield maestro Mckenna  seen his effort come of the cross bar for the second time today. With the youth pushing fo the winner it was Ballynure who broke away and caught the back 4 of the Youth napping . Danny Mcellhatton who had Higgins in his pocket all day allowed the ex championship footballer to sneak in and make the score 2.3 to the visitors. With only minutes left on the clock Cookstown Youth threw everything at the Ballynure goal.With the ball getting stuck in the ground in the 6 yard box it was Ryan Glasgow and his poachers instinct  who put his foot on the ball and rounded the keeper and put the ball into the net to level up the score to 3.3 and much to the delight of the whole playing staff. That was the last kick of the game and it ended honours even  Cookstown Youth Seniors 3 Ballynure old Boys B 3
Cookstown Youth Seniors
G Mcellhatton, Scott,  Mcellhatton, Dardis,D Mcellhatton, Mckenna,Mcgarvey,Glasgow,Kelly,Doyle,,Mcmenemey
Larmour, Mcmullan,Donaghy, Mcgarry, Stewart
This Sat 13th feb the Seniors travel to Doagh to play Ballyclare Northend
Ryan Glasgow scores  against Ballynure.
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 get in contact with us for further information.

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

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