Match Reports – 18/09/21

Match Reports – 18/09/21

Cookstown Youth u12s  0 – 1 Armagh City 

Cookstown Youth, who were light on a few players,  welcomed the visit of Armagh City, to the Mid Ulster Sports Arena and it was the visitors who came away with the victory. Armagh were by far, the more physical of the two teams and were first to every ball. The Cookstown defence were under pressure from the start and kept standing up to that pressure until midway through the first half, a long ball wasn’t dealt with properly at the back and the City centre forward raced through on goal and with a smart finish, lobbed the ball over the oncoming Cookstown goalkeeper. On one of a few forays forward, in the first half, Cookstown nearly grabbed a goal to level it up, just before half time. After great link up play between Martin, Loughran and Conway brought them into Armagh territory, Conway teed up Hampsey for a first time strike but unfortunately it just whistled past the upright.
The lads came out for the second half with a lot more heart and desire and began to stand up to the physicality of the game, winning a few battles across the pitch but again, it was Armagh that looked the more threatening. Only for some quality goalkeeping, Cookstown may have been two or even three down. Despite this, the lads nearly sneaked a point in the dying minutes. Martin turned two defenders inside out down the left flank, only to be met and fouled by a third. From the resulting free kick, Conway whipped the ball in and Hampsey forced both the defender and keeper to combine and block his goalbound effort, in the melee that followed, with keeper tangled up with his own defender, the ball fell to Halligan, who unfortunately lacked that little bit of composure and blazed over. A draw would have been harsh on an Armagh side who dominated throughout.
Team:- Ruairi O’Hagan – Andrew Keane – Jonah Davidson – Matthew Compton – Aodhan Loughran – Shea Conway – Tyler Rogers  – Hayden Martin – Kori Halligan – Conall Hampsey

Cookstown Youth u14s 1-3 Loughgall

Last Saturday the 2008’s faced derby rivals Loughgall at Beechway which was sadly more like a field meadow rather than a football pitch. On a difficult surface Donnelly was first to test the travelling keeper with a left footed drive from the edge. But it was the Armagh side who raced into the lead on 7 minutes with a ruthless finish from a quick break.
McCrory saw a shot well saved just inside the box before Patterson in the homester goal was forced into a fine save on 12 minutes. Striker Beatty forced a great save on 25 minutes as Cookstown battled to get back into the game. A great run and dribble from the powerful striker ended up with Cookstown being awarded a penalty after a desperate lunge on the striker as he was about to pull the trigger. Beatty duly stepped up to sweep the equaliser home to the keepers bottom left corner. Loughgall then broke clear to strike the Cookstown crossbar before Kelso’s snapshot from 6 yards was cleared off the Loughgall line just before halftime.
Beatty saw a freekick from distance sail well over the bar on 40 minutes before an error in Cookstown’s defence gave Loughgall an unlikely 2-1 lead on 50 minutes. Loughgall’s tails were up and a questionable referee decision led to a second penalty in the game, this time to Loughgall on the hour mark. Justice was served when the Loughgall captain’s effort sailed over the bar. A poor clearance 5 minutes from time sealed the deal when Loughgall struck their third and winning goal of the game. To their credit the young Sizzlers fought right to the end with McCrory thawrted twice by the Loughgall keeper in the dying embers of the game.
TEAM:- B. Patterson, B. Lennox, H. Mckenzie, E. Irwin, J. Ferson, A. McElhatton, J. Donnelly, I. Kelso, B. Mulgrew, C. McCrory, D. Beatty, J. Wilson, J. Patterson, C. Talbot
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