CYFC 12s v Sion Swifts

Saturday the 9th of January was to be the first competitive game of the new year for the CYFC u12 national league side it was also a knock out game in the national league cup and  the opposition a very organised Sion Swifts,CYFC u12s came into this game on a 12 game unbeaten run so the boys had confidence and weren’t going be easy to beat,with ko at 11.00 at MUSA on a cold wet Saturday morning cookstown kicked of straight on the front foot mounting attack after attack on the Sion defence spreading the ball from the midfield of Hamilton and Forbes to the wings hitting the opposition on the break soon all the pressure payed of with a lung busting run from Conlon on the right wing slotted home the first goal,the game continued with Sion Swifts not really getting out of there half much with the relentless pressure from the Cookstown Youth Side which eventually led to a second goal from Conlon on the right wing at this stage Sion got  injuries to two of their players and had to make changes that then made there defence more stable and and less chances to get them on the break but just before half time CYFC with a fine bit of counter attack football working the ball with pace from the back line with o,Donnell starting the move through the midfield of Hamilton putting the speed of O’Hare to the test who took the through ball and slotted the third goal home,the chances keep coming for the CYFC which brought it to half time.

The second half kicked of with Sion Swifts in a different mindset pressing the Cookstown defence creating more chances,with about 15 mins gone Sion Swifts struck with there first goal of the match from then on it was a more even contest with the Cookstown side taking there foot of the gas changes were made and some of the tired players came off which meant that CYFC held on and got a vital cup win and progressed to the next round a great display from all players and coaches.

Team B Purvis,C.Devlin, N O’Donnell, B Ryan, S Donelly, B Hamilton, M Forbes, M Conlon, Shea O’Hare, R Fergusson, Sean O’Hare


M.McCann, J Devlin, D McNally, T Armstrong


CYFC 12s and Sion Swifts before their cup game

CYFC 13s v Lurgan Celtic

Cookstown Youth U13’s played Lurgan Celtic at Fairhill Playing Fields, Cookstown on Saturday. Cookstown began the game well, taking control in midfield and dominating possession with chances falling to both Smith and Martin. Cookstown failed to take advantage of this dominance and when a long ball clearance from Lurgan Celtic was not dealt by the Cookstown defence it allowed them to score against the run of play. The second half was a fairly even match with both teams cancelling each other out.

Action from CYFC 13s v Lurgan Celtic


CYFC 14s v Lisdrum

Cookstown travelled to Annagh to take on Lisdrum in the semi final  of the league cup. Lisdrum started brightly and opened the scoring after two minutes with a long range shot. Cookstown then came into game having a good spell of possession and creating several chances but could not capitalise. Lisdrum doubled their lead following a scramble in the box just before half time. Cookstown started the better of the two sides in the second half, again creating several chances but could not find the break through. As Cookstown continued to press to get back into the game. Lisdrum scored two goals on the counter attack.

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

Valley Rangers U16 — 0

Cookstown Youth U16 —-4

Cookstown created plenty of early chances but couldn’t finish them off with Erik Banas having a couple of attempts. Sam Hardy set up Ryan McFarland who shot in off the far post. Cookstown quickly put the game out of sight with Sam Hardy firing in a low effort and then Marty McCracken drilled a shot into the far corner. Tyler Anderson fired home another goal from outside the area to make it 4-0. At this stage Valley could have feared a real thumping but they battled to keep Cookstown from adding any further goals. Ryan Murphy and Philip Laverty both came close to increasing the lead. Cookstown easily progressed to the League Cup final where they will face old rivals Armagh City.



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



CYFC 17s v Ballymena Utd

The 17s took on Ballymena Utd in the NIBFA Knock-Out Cup at MUSA last Friday and both teams put on a great match for the large crowd to enjoy. Jack Wilson put the home team in front in the first half with a sublime shot from outside the box after a great run up the left wing. The Cookstown lads should have been two or three up at half time afrer Stevie Arrell , Ryan Rocks and Mark Larmour all came close but had to settle for the one nil at the break.

Cookstown continued to dominate in the second half but found it hard to complete some fantastic moves with a goal and in now traditional fashion they seemed to fall asleep and two mistakes at the back let the Braid men in to steal two goals and snatch the victory to progress to the next round of the cup.

Disappointing for the 17s who dominated for the bulk of the game however at this level mistakes are punished and eighty minutes of football has to be eighty minutes and not seventy five.

Squad : Ben Young , Connor Donnelly , Jamie McCrum ,Adam Keane, Jack Wilson , Ronan Hughes , Matthew Kelly , Ryan Rocks, Ryan Dobson , Stevie Arrell , Mark Larmour , Cameron McMullan , Shea McConville , Adam Watson , Kyle Devlin , Michael Grimes .




CYFC 18s v Lurgan Town

Cookstown took to the field today to play a lurgan town side who were before the game above Cookstown by 2 points. Cookstown started off extremely well and were rewarded for there hard work 5 minutes in when great work by Mark Megarry and James Kilpatrick set up Ryan rocks who took his goal well putting the ball in the bottom corner of the net, lurgan posed no real threat in the first 15 minutes and it was Cookstown again who scored when Aidan Murphy took the ball from 18 yards out and smashed home to put Cookstown 2-0 up. It was 3-0 minutes later when Mark Megarry done well in the box managing to hold off defenders whilst keeping the ball in the air and he volleyed into the corner of the net. Cookstown were rewarded a penalty when Wilson Tavares was brought down in the box, he made no mistake in putting the ball straight down the middle to put Cookstown 4-0 up before half time,      It was shortly 5-0 when Mark Megarry got his 2nd of the game when he chipped the lurgan keeper from distance. With no threat from lurgan the ball came to James Kilpatrick from 35 yards and he somehow managed the find the net with a fantastic finish, Aidan Murphy then got his 2nd of the game with a low shot finished well into the corner of the net, to Cookstowns dismay lurgan pulled two quick goals back to make it 7-2. But a goal from Wilson Tavares   And a calm penalty from James Kilpatrick wrapped up the 3 points for the strong Cookstown team.
Cookstown youth 9
Lurgan town 2

CYFC 18s v Dromore Amateurs, Savage Cup Final

Cookstown youth under 18s took to the field recently to play Dromore Amateurs in the final of the Savage Cup which was sure to be an exciting game for both parties. Cookstown started off the brighter of the two sides and took the lead when Paul Stewart flicked the ball through to Wilson Tavares to lob the onlooking dromore keeper. Dromore them equalised from the resulting kick off, much to Cookstowns dismay. Mark Megarry went close for Cookstown on 29 minutes when he hit the crossbar from 30 yards out. Cookstown eventually took the lead again before half time when Paul Stewart headed down to kieffer Scott to fire the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards out. Both teams came out pushing hard in the 2nd half but it was Cookstown again who got another goal this time James Kilpatrick and Paul Stewart playing one twos up the pitch which finished with Paul Stewart sliding the Paul past the dromore keeper, with 15 minutes to go dromore were down to 10 men when a high challenge on mark Megarry didn’t go unnoticed by the referee. Cookstown sealed the win and the silverware when Adam bell launched the ball from defence to Paul Stewart who put through mark larmour who made no mistake in putting the ball into the net.

Cookstown youth 4
Dromore amateurs 1



The much anticipated new term of the CYFC Development Centre in partnership with Copelands Cookstown kicks off on Friday 22nd January at MUSA , from 6.30pm – 7.45pm ( players are advised to attend 15minutes early to facilitate getting marked in on the attendance book ).

Players who attended the last term prior to Christmas do not have to re-register and those players who were on the waiting list for the last term will be contacted by e-mail and informed of their present position. Players who attended last term and missed three or more nights may be contacted by e-mail in relation to their registrations.

Players who have registered in the last few weeks will also be contacted and informed as to the present position of the waiting list.


Cookstown Youth FC have been overwhelmed by the interest in the Development Centre this season and we would ask that Parents / Guardians be patient with us in relation to waiting lists etc , as we have to think of the safety of the players and coaches , we would love to take every single player who has registered however this is just not possible with the numbers involved.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at MUSA again on the 22nd January 2016.



Everyone at CYFC are saddened at the sudden passing of Killymoon Rangers Chairman Lesley Hall. Lesley was a much respected figure in local football and will be sorely missed..

Our thoughts and prayers are with Lesleys family and friends and to all at Killymoon Rgrs at this difficult time.

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