Match Reports From Friday 20/11/15 and Sat 21/11/15

Lisbellaw Utd  3   Cookstown Youth u11s 3
Cookstown Youth win 4-3 on pens

Cookstown Youth U11s made the long journey to Lisnaskea last Friday night to take on Lisbellaw Utd in the NIBFA Cup and returned victorious after an enthralling contest. Lisbellaw started the better of the two teams and made their dominance pay with an early goal in the opening 10 minutes. The early goal seemed to settle the Cookstown boys down and they were the better team for the remainder of the first half. Keegan Hampsey and Kai Lamont had chances to equalise however Cookstown failed to make their pressure count and went in at the break a goal behind. After a few tactical changes and the introduction of Kristian Levsins Cookstown again started the second half on the front foot and it wasnt long until their pressure reaped the rewards and the Cookstown boys were back on level terms. A cross come shot from Shea Mc Cann evaded both his team mate Michael Mc Elhatton and the Lisbellaw keeper and nestled in the back of the net. The goal spurred the visitors on and some great play between David Monaghan and Michael Mc Elhatton almost put Cookstown in front. The home team didnt learn from this let off and were made to pay a minute later when a great ball from Harry Bownes sent Shea Mc Cann clear on the right side of midfield and he unleashed an unstoppable shot to put the Cookstown lads in front . Lisbellaw came back into the game and the back three of Charlie Hawker, Ben Mc Adoo and Harry Bownes had to be on their toes to avert any danger. Lisbellaws pressure then told and within the space of 3 minutes found themselves 3-2 in front. The Cookstown lads to their credit fought for every ball and with time running out Cookstown equalised again.Great play in the midfield area led the ball to Michael Mc Elhatton and he teed up Keegan Hampsey who dispatched the ball to the corner of the net to make the score 3-3. The game went into extra time and a fine save from Scott Gillis in the Cookstown goal ensured the game went into the lottery of penalties.  Penaltys from David Monaghan, Shea Mc Cann, Michael Mc Elhatton and Keegan Hampsey secured a 4-3 penalty shoot out win for Cookstown Youth and a place in the next round of the NIBFA Cup. A special thanks for the support of those parents and spectators who made the long journey on a cold night.

CYFC 13s v Foyle Harps
Cookstown Youth U13’s played Foyle Harps at MUSA in the NIBFA Cup on Saturday. Foyle Harps settled quickly and began putting the Cookstown defense under early pressure. A mix-up in the Cookstown defense allowed the visitors to score the first goal. Foyle Harps kept piling on the pressure and the Cookstown goal was breached again. Cookstown improved in the second half and were unfortunate not to score late on when a shot from Martin drifted just wide.
CYFC 14s 1 Aquninas 3
Cookstown faced a game against a team which they knew very little about. It was obvious from the start that Aquninas were a well drilled team with a few stand out players although Cookstown had control of the game in the early exchanges. Cookstown took advantage of this by taking the lead as a sweetly struck free kick from Benidito gave the Cookstown boys a 1-0 lead going in at half time. Cookstown seemed to have control of the game when Aquininas scored a goal against the run of play. This didnt affect the cookstown to much as they created a few clean cut chances but failed to take them. This proved to be the Cookstown boys downfall as Aquninas scored two goals in quick succession to take the game 3-1. The u14s coaching staff were happy with the overall performance although they know that they have to be a bit more clinical in front of goal.
CYFC u15s 2 Maiden City 3
Last Saturday Cookstown faced Maiden City at Fairhill in a National League fixture. As with the away fixture earlier in the season manager Gerry Quinn had to reshuffle his line up due to a variety of reasons, which gave much needed match time to several of his squad players. In the very first minute Dean Bigger struck the opening goal from a cross come shot free kick from 30 yards which exploded into the top right hand corner of the Maiden net. Joseph Wilson went close minutes later from distance as the homesters pushed for a second goal after good work from Jake Fraser. Karl Martin nearly broke free of his marker on 15 minutes only to see his shot blocked. As the game went on Maiden settled into their passing game and started to control midfield. This control led to their equaliser 2 minutes before halftime. Into the second half two quick fire goals from the Maiden front line within the first ten minutes seemed to end the game as a contest. But to their credit the young sizzlers kept their chins up and were rewarded with a penalty when Malik Hodgson was fouled in the Maiden area five minutes to go. Captain Iarlaith Donaghy stepped up to drive home from 12 yards. The boys kept going and might have clawed back an equaliser right at the death but Maiden left with their first 3 points from Cookstown in 3 seasons.
The boys now face Newcastle in the NIBFA Cup at MUSA 3G next Saturday – all support welcome with tea after the match.
CYFC 16s 3  Craigavon City 1
CYFC 16s took on Craigavon City at Fairhill last Saturday and Matthew Scott was the stand-out performer with three assists with perfectly delivered corners which were finished by Ryan Murphy , Jack Turkington and an own goal. Another great result from the 16s who are becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Man of The Match : Ryan Murphy.
CYFC 18s 3 Ballinamallard Utd 1
Last Saturday Cookstown Youth Under 18s entertained Fermanagh side Ballinamallard in the Savage Cup Semi Final in what was sure to be an exciting game, Cookstown started off the better of both sides when James Kilpatrick and Jerome Harte combined well in the middle of the park which led to James Kilpatrick just shooting over, Cookstown again went on the attack with Wilson Tavares shooting just off target. Cookstown took the lead when Paul Stewart calmly slotted a left footed shot in to the corner of the net after a goal mouth scramble. The Cookstown defence of Ryan Rocks, Luke Johnston, Shay McMath and In particular Adam Bell were doing well to keep the Ballinamallard team at bay. Cookstown doubled their lead minutes before half time when excellent play by Aidan Murphy and Kieffer Scott on the right wing resulted in the ball being crossed into the box, where Paul Stewart made no mistake of heading it past the Ballinamallard keeper for his 2nd of the game and Cookstowns 2nd. The second half started alot differently than the first as the Ballinamallard team started on top scoring a goal minutes into the half. This was a wake up call for Cookstown who done everything to stop an equaliser. Adam Bell at the back made a last ditch tackle with 25 minutes to go which would have been a certain goal, Cookstown were awarded a penalty minutes later but to their dismay was hit off target by Aidan Murphy. The last 10 minutes of the game were nervy but Cookstown sealed the win as Paul Stewart slipped through Stevie Arrell to knock it past the keeper to make it 3-1 to Cookstown and to put them into the Final of the Cup. Cookstown will face Dromore, Date and Venue TBC.
One of the Development Cntr groups from Fri 20.11.15

Last Friday was the final CYFC Development Centre in association with Copeland Cookstown of this first term in the 2015 / 16 season , and what a term it was. upwards on 180 kids took part which is a pronominal number and well above our usual , so much so that for the first time ever we have a waiting list of players hoping to get involved.

The Development Centre Co-Ordinators would like to put on record their thanks to all the players for their attendance throughout this term and also to their parents and guardians for their continued support which is very much appreciated and we trust that this will continue in the future.

Thanks also to all the Development Centre coaches who give up their own time to come along and coach the kids and lets face it if they didn’t then the centre would not happen ,so well done to one and all for your commitment and efforts .

A special mention to local company Copeland for their partnership which resulted in all the players at the Dev Centre getting two free nights of coaching sessions which was very much appreciated by all concerned.

Finally a massive thanks to the Co-ordinators who kept everything in order and the registration team for their efficient and speedy work at the start of each night.

The CYFC Development Centre in association with Copeland Cookstown returns on Friday 22nd January 2016 at MUSA so all that remains to be said is we hope all the players , parents , coaches and staff have a very merry Christmas and a happy , peaceful and successful New Year.


Larne Olympic 7 Cookstown Youth 0

Stefan O'Hare , seniors 21.11.15

CYFC 1st were knocked out of the Linda Welshman cup when they made the long trip to Inver Park and took on a very strong Larne side.

With seven of the senior players missing CYFC Manager Niall Hunter took the opportunity to give some of the younger players at the club a game at senior level. But he was not counting on the Larne 1st team having no match which left no fewer than 8 players from the Championship side that sit in 3rd place playing in this match.

Larne pressed from the start and of 7 minutes John Scott Blocked a goal bound shot on the line and cleared the danger. Dean Hodgett then pulled of a great save a few minutes later. Larne then took the lead on 15 minutes when their left back picked up the ball 20 yards out and his shot found the corner of the net. They doubled their lead 5 minutes later when the ball fell to their forward who made no mistake from 6 yards out. The Cookstown back four of Scott, Leslie, Stewart and O’Hare defending really well and were putting their bodies on the line and kept the Larne players at bay, but Larne then made it 3-0 on the half hour mark for the penalty spot and scored 2 more before half time to leave the score 5-0 at the break.

At half time the Injured Hodgett was replaced with Donaghy but once more it was Larne again in control and it took 2 great saves from Donaghy to keep the score the same. Cookstown to their credit continued to play the ball out and a good move from Leslie and Dingley found Doyle in the box but his shot was well blocked. Kyle Devlin and Mathew Kelly came on for McMullan and Luzi on 55 minutes and it Cookstown had their best spell of the game. Team Captain McGarvey was working his socks off in Midfield and a great pass from him found McMenemy who passed to Devlin but his shot was wide. Then Doyle Picked the ball up from a poor kick out from the home keeper but his shot from 30 yards out was just wide of the post. Stewart and O’Hare at the heart of the CYFC Defence were making some great tackles and breaking up the Larne play well. but Larne Always looked a real danger in the box and it took another 2 fine saves from Donaghy to keep them out. in the final 10 minutes Larne got another 2 goals to leave the final score line 7-0 to the home team.

Team: Hodgett, Scott, Leslie, O’Hare, Stewart, McGarvey, Luzi, McMullan, Dingley, Doyle, McMenemy, Devlin, Kelly, Donaghy,

Manager Niall Hunter said after the match. Larne were too strong for us today, with their 1st having no match they played allot of 1st team players. the lad Guillaume Keke scored 3 today and he is the 1st teams leading scorer this season and the other lad Donnelly who got another 3 today is in the 1st squad as well. It was an opportunity for me to play a few younger lads that have not played for me this year yet and I though that Young Stefan O’Hare done really well at centre half, he is playing for our U17s and playing against a player like KeKe will only improve him. U17s players Dingley and Devlin again both showed glimpses of what they are capable of on both wings and Matty Kelly got his 1st test of what it’s like in centre mid at this level. so giving the young lads the chance and seeing how the managed the opportunity was good. These young lads need to see how hard it can be at this level and this will hopefully make the stronger at they are older.


Previous RESULTS FROM 20/11/15 AND 21/11/15

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