Leslie Scores 3 as CYFC Sink Ballyclare

Leslie Scores 3 as CYFC Sink Ballyclare

After the heroics of knocking out former intermediate side Raceview out of the cup , it was back to the Ballymena division 2 were Cookstown Youth took on seasoned campaigners Ballyclare North End. Manager Nial Hunter brought some youth and experience into the team this week when he put both  Johnny Mckenna and young Mark Larmour into the starting line up.Also making his debut was Richard Mcmenemey.
Larmour from the off was making light work of the North End left back. With his blistering pace he was tormenting Ballyclares back four. As early as the fifth minute Mckenna had the first shot only to see his shot blaze over the bar. Richard Mcmenemy making his debut in the navy colours of the youth had his first half chance only to be ruled offside. The pressure was mounting on the North End goal and chance after chance were going a begging. Midfield talisman Mcgarvey was pulling all the strings in the midfield and it was with a precision pass through to Larmour that set up an opening for the young wizard but the young man was tackled at the last minute. Aiden Doyle who has been in superb form of late was again in the thick of things. Experienced veteran Dardis fed a delightful ball through to Doyle but his finishing touch just let him down on this occasion.
Drew kelly had himself a shot on the 10th minute only to see it just go the wrong side of the post. With the pressure being relentless it was only a matter of team before the Youth would break the dead lock.  On the 15th minute  Aiden Doyle on the left wing took a ball into his chest and with some beautiful footwork that dazzled the back 4 of ballyclare he pushed a ball through to Kelly who side stepped the keeper and put the ball into an empty net to open the scoring for Cookstown.Everyone was now getting in on the act and Mcmenemey seen one of his pile drivers scorch the top of the woodwork. John Scott went on a daring run and it was him and Mcmenemey who with some magical footwork created an opening were Mcmenemey squared the ball across goal and there was left back James Leslie to bury the ball into the net to double the lead of Cookstown  on 20 mins. Leslie was to get his second within 5 minutes . Mckenna and Mcgarvey were runing the show in midfield and it was Mckenna who passed a ball into the path of Leslie and there was the young man who as cool as a cucumber gently lifted the ball over the keepers head from 18 yards out and into the net.  The back 4 of the Youth were having a comfortable day and they limited Ballyclare to 1 shot on goal to which Luke Donaghy made a comfortable save. The hosts went into the break with a 3-0 lead.
Second half started the way the first half finished all one way traffic on the North End goal.On the 50th minute Mcmenemey made his scoring debut for the youth. Mcmenemey with acres of space found himself ample time and with only the keeper to beat, he too chipped the keeper who was stranded in no mans land and could only watch as the ball sailed over his head and into the net. Hunter then decided to make  a few subs were Dardis made way for Adam Bell and Mcmenemey made way for Keifer Scott. Still the youth poured on the pressure. Doyle who had been a constant threat on the Ballyclare goal could do everything but score. Drew Kelly again squandered chance after chance when any other day he might of had 6 goals in the Ballyclare net. Mark Larmour was still making his presence felt. With his lightning pace the poor left back of North  End must of thought he,d been trying to mark Usain Bolt all day. Scott and Doyle were now working well together and it was that partnership that sent a ball into the box only for the referee to see an outstretched hand of a Ballyclare defender and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Up steps Leslie and the young man dusted himself down and as casually as you like sent the keeper the wrong road and made the score  5 . 0 to the home team and complete the hatrick for himself. Mark Larmour was given a rest and young Kyle Mcmullan brought on and placed on the left wing. Even with minutes left the Youth still pushed to enhance their goal tally. Only for the brave heroics of the back 4 and keeper of Ballyclare the score line could of been alot higher. The ref blew the whistle up with the final score on the day Cookstown Youth 5 Ballyclare North End 0
Cookstown Youth team.
Donaghy, J Scott, Leslie,Dardis,Stewart,Mcgarvey,Mckenna,Doyle,Larmour,Kelly, Mcmenemey
Subs Bell,K Scott,Mcmullan,Millar Hodgett
This Sat 26th Sept Cookstown Youth make the away journey to Castledawson for a local derby against Moyola Park Olympic at Boyne Row Castledawson with  2pm ko
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