MATCH REPORTS FROM 13/11/15 AND 14/11/15

MATCH REPORTS FROM 13/11/15 AND 14/11/15

Cookstown Youth U12 v TTBS Juniors U12 (MUYL League Cup)

Cookstown Youth U12 welcomed TTBS Juniors to Musa on Saturday for a 10:00am kick off in what can only be described as miserable conditions in their final group match in the MUYL League Cup.

Cookstown started the brighter of the two sides and from the off chances came and went with Cookstown bombarding their opponents goal but failing to convert. The only answer that TTBS had to this was to try and counter but their efforts were quickly thwarted by the strong defensive trio of Morrison Whitten and Cathal who simply closed down every pass, run and attempted shot denying their opponents a shot on target in the first half. With solidity of the defence Cookstown continually tried to mix it up in order to get that precious goal with balls being played through the middle by O,neill and also with proficient use of their wingers Jeffers and Larmour but to no avail as both sides headed into the break on an even terms.

The second half started and Cookstown picked up were they had left off and continued to create chances with the forwards of Graham, Leek and Rafferty all getting shots on target, the latter narrowly denied by the opposing keeper as he side stepped the defender only to see his well driven shot nicked round the post by his fingertips. Cookstown continued to press and create but it just seemed to be one of those days that it wasn’t going to happen for them and ultimately that is how it ended with both teams walking away with a point in a 0-0 draw.

In a game that Cookstown had the bulk of possession, dominated their opponents from start to finish and created all but one or two of the chances in the cruel world of football saw them walk away although with a draw and a point feeling as if they had lost the game.

Cookstown: Purvis, Morrison, Whitten, Cathal, O’Neill, Jeffers, Larmour, Rafferty, Leek, Graham.

CYFC 12s v Linfield

This weeks match for Cyfc u12 was to be a showdown with Linfield venue mid ulster sports arena despite the horrendous weather conditions the game went ahead Cookstown started like they meant business by closing Linfield down from the start leaving linfield trying to battle out of there own half soon with a run from the right wing a cross field ball was put in which found J Devlin who side footed it into the goal to get Cookstown the early lead with a really fast paced game both teams battled to the first half whistle,the second half then kicked off in a similar fashion with Cyfc having most of the posession and chances ,changes were then made to the shape of the team which soon was to award Cyfc with another two goals with hurl heading a well crafted cross in from S O’hare and a the other goal from M Forbes with a brilliant finish,after we got the third goal linfield started to push for a goal playing long balls over the top and soon it was to pay of when they struck one into the roof of the net this was to be the only goal Linfield scored and left it that Cyfc clinched an historic win over an excellent team a credit to both teams who put on a brilliant display in bad weather.


CYFC u15s 1 Ballymoor 1
Last Saturday Cookstown made the long trip to the Brandywell to face Ballymoor in a National League fixture. In wet conditions on a slow pitch Eoin Gallagher tested the home keeper from distance twice in the opening minutes of the game. But in a changed formation the young sizzlers struggled to get hold of the ball in midfield and push on from their great win over Peacock’s the previous week losing momentum in the early parts of the game. Twice in the opening half an hour keeper Moore had to make great saves to keep honours even. A late foul on Dean Bigger went unpunished leading to Ballymoor plundering an ugly undeserved lead just before half time. With something to hang unto Ballymoor battled for every ball aided and abetted by several poor referee decisions with their striker very fortunate to remain on the pitch after several late tackles and continuous foul play. Moore made three more good saves before substitute Piotr Gabrysiak tested the Moor keeper from 12 yards on the hour. Shane Murphy’s fantastic free was met by Gallagher to thump home with minutes remaining after a save from the Ballymoor keeper. Right at the death Murphy struck just wide from a left footed shot from 15 yards. With Maiden City in the league and Newcastle at home in the Nibfa Cup, the boys will need to refocus their efforts.



CYFC 16s 3 Carrick Rangers Colts 4

The 16s took on Carrick Rangers Colts in the NIBFA Cup at MUSA last Saturday. An end to end game from the start and it was the home team who broke the deadlock after 15mins with a rasper of a free kick from Nathan Connolly to go one up. The game ebbed and flowed with both teams testing each other and exchanging goals with Tyler Anderson and Philip Laverty adding their names to the score sheet , and at the end of 90mins the score was locked at 3 each.

Extra time was needed to separate the two sets of players and unfortunately for CYFC 16s it was Carrick who came away winners after a late goal giving them a 4  3 win and progression into the next round of the cup.


Man of The Match : Sam Hardy.



CYFC 17s v Ballymoney Utd

CYFC 17s took on Ballymoney Utd at a windy and wet MUSA last Friday and were determined to bounce back from a home defeat the previous week. Ben Young started in nets with a back four of Cameron Thom , Adam Watson , Jack Wilson and Cameron McMullan , the midfield was made up with Shea McConville , Matthew Kelly , Ronan Hughes and Oliver Diamond and up front was Stevie Arrell and Mark Larmour , which left Jack Dingley , Kyle Devlin , Ryan Rocks and Stefan O’Hare on the bench.

Ballymoney caused a scare when they had the ball in the back of the net after 10mins only to be ruled off-side , but this seemed to spur the home team on and Larmour and Arrell combined well for the latter to score and put the home team in front. Wilson was a rock at the back and Kelly the same in midfield and the other positions on the pitch were sowen up by a Cookstown team out to proove a point.

The second half was much the same as the first with the Cookstown lads dominating the play and any Ballymoney sorties into the home box were dealt with by Young or his four defenders. Dingley , O’Hare , Devlin and Rocks were all introduced and O’Hare picked up a pass and slotted home a 25yrd pile driver to double the lead.

A well deserved three points for the 17s and a great game of football in terrible weather conditions which was a credit to both sets of players.

Man of The Match : Jack Wilson / Matthew Kelly



After seeing off Domolly in the last round of the Mid ulster shield , it was the turn of Silverwood utd to be entertained by the Youth at a very wet and blustery Mid Ulster Arena. Silverwood Utd have been in fine form and are sitting top of the Mid Ulster div 1 and from the kick off it was clear to see way. As early as the fifth minute Hodgett was tested in goal from a long range free kick by Mcgeown which he comfortably saved. Keifer Scott was trying to make his darting runs on the right wing but Silverwood left back Howe was making it difficult for the young man. Silverwood were stringing some great moves together and it was only a matter of time before the dead lock would be broken. John Scott went in for a tackle with Dozan but Dozan side stepped Scott and from all of 30 yards out, Dozan hit a ball that looked more like a cross but with the swirling wind it sailed high over the head of Hodgett and into the Cookstown goal.Silverwood capt Smyth was using his long throw to his advantage.Lowery had a chance from one of  Smyths throws but seen his effort just go wide. Silverwoods pressure was relentless. Just when Cookstown were making an assault on the visitors goal it was the visitors that broke away quickly and with Dozan bearing down on goal Mc ellhatton brought the winger down in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Lowery obliged by sending Hodgett the wrong road and doubled the visitors lead. Phil Mcgarvey had a half chance only to see his effort go wide. Dardis had a great chance to reduce the deficit only to see his header scrap the paint of the cross bar. Lowery again  scored when surrounded by 3 defenders at the corner of the 18 yard box he swivelled and lobbed the ball over the head of Hodgett and into the net much to the dismay of the Youth back 4. Just before half time Toland scored the goal of the game when with some delightful work by Dozan a pitch perfect cross was placed  for Toland and with a scissor kick he made the score 4. 0 to the visitors at half time.
 A few subs were made at the start of the second half when 17 year old Mark Larmour came on for Mcgarvey and Adam Bell came on for the injured John Scott. Larmour and Mcmenemey conjured up a chance , when Mcmenemey threaded a ball to Larmour who was one on one with the keeper but Mckeriz in goal stood tall and saved from the young youth forward. Larmour who had been a breath of fresh air since his introduction to the game had another chance to open his account. a guided cross from Steven Mcellhatton was met by Larmour but his header whistled over the bar. Larmour did get on the score sheet latched unto a ball and this time made no mistake in putting the ball into the net past  Mckeriz. Silverwood made a few subs and it was one of the subs Paul Mcgeown who would put the game beyond the reach of Cookstown Youth. With the Youth piling on the pressure  they were leaving themselves open at the back.Mcmenemey had a shot that seemed to have an out reached hand but the ref dimissed the penalty claim. Legs were starting to get tired in the defence of the Cookstown back 4 and it lead to Mcgeown having an easy tap in past Hodgett to make the score 5. Paul Stewart replaced Mcmenemey up front on 80 mins. Still the youth pushed and never let their heads drop but again they were caught out when a cross by Dozan was saved by Hodgett but fell at the feet of Mcgeown who again  tapped in a gifted chance.James Leslie had a half shot but it went wide and young Aiden Doyle seen his effort come off the cross bar. With moments left Mcgeown completed his second half hat trick when he shot low from 10 yards out and into the net to make the score on the day Cookstown Youth 1 Silverwwod utd 7 .
Cookstown youth team
Hodgett, Scott,Leslie,Dardis, S Mcellhatton, Mcgarvey,Mckenna,Doyle,Scott, D Mcellhatton, Mcmenemey
Larmour, Mcmullan, Stewart, Bell, Hunter
This Sat 21st Cookstown Youth Seniors travel to Inver park to play Larne Olympic in the second round of the Linda Welshman cup 1.30pm ko
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