Only a Few Matches Played in February as The Storms Kept Coming!

Only a Few Matches Played in February as The Storms Kept Coming!


CYFC u11s drew with Tandragee u11s

Saturday saw the U11’s in league action this week with 1st time opponents Tandragee rovers in their first home game since November at the Mid Ulster Sport Arena. Having never played Tandragee in the previous season the boys & coaches were looking forward to pitting themselves against a different opponents. With strong winds but blinding sunshine the game kicked off & the boys uncharacteristically were below there usual level & Tandragee were very strong, pushing the boys into their own half & making them defend very deep. It wasn’t long before this pressure led to Tandragee taking the lead with a well taken strike which left Wilkinson helpless in the CYFC goal. This was the kick start CYFC needed & with a formation change, Otzel & Campbell in midfield were able to regain some control with Gabrysiak & Levsins on either wing adding some width to try & stem the Tandragee pressure with Kerr’s added presence & power up front to give CYFC a powerful outlet. CYFC’s defense was still kept busy though with McGurk, McMullan & Donnelly all having to put in some great tackles & blocks to thwart the Tandragee attackers. A fast break from CYFC however had Gabrysiak take a long range shot which was in turn blocked by Tandragee, but the ball fell into the path of Kerr & he in turn blasted the ball goal-wards with the shot deflecting off the Tandragee defender & past their helpless keeper to level the scores at half time.
The 2nd half stated with some personnel changes with Muldoon & Moore coming on in place of Gabrysiak & Kerr. With the wind at their backs & the sun now in the faces of Tandragee the boys set to work with some great pressing from the front & they were rewarded when Muldoon won the ball high up the pitch & he fed Moore who took on the defender & let fly with a thunderous shot to give CYFC the lead. Tandragee however continued to press hard & the Game was a battlefield all over the pitch with both teams looking to score. Free kicks & half chances went amiss from both sides & both keepers were kept busy with both sets of deference working hard not to conceded. A corner then from Tandragee was headed clear by McMullan but the ball fell kindly to a Tandragee player & he blasted his shot goal-ward only for it to be deflected past Wilkinson high into the net to draw Tandragee level. Again both teams battled to get the winner & it was CYFC who had the best chance when Moore beat his man on the right of midfield to fire in a low cross which Muldoon was only inches away from converting whilst sliding in to make contact. Then in the dying moments a short corner saw McGurk fire in a cross which Mcmullan deftly headed goal-ward only for the Tandragee keeper to fingertip onto the bar & over for another corner. A great game of football with 2 teams canceling each other out & the right result considering the effort both teams put into it. A special mention must go to both sets of parents & supporters who came to enjoy the game, No doubt both teams really appreciated the support & encouragement!


CYFC u11s were defeated by Dungannon Youth u11s

Saturday saw the young sizzlers back in league action against local rivals Dungannon. With storm Dennis approaching & Dungannon unbeaten in the league they knew it would be a tough task but the boys & coaches welcomed the challenge. Wet & windy conditions were not to dampen what turned out to be a fantastic game of football for all those who braved the conditions!
The game began with Dungannon on the attack & only for some smart saves from Keeper Wilkinson they would of taken the lead early on. With the wind at their backs,  CYFC then gained some possession & started to probe at the Dungannon defense & both Kerr, Gabrysiak & Campbell all had shots smartly saved by Dungannon’s in form keeper. Again & again CYFC continued to dominate possession but Dungannon seemed to get a foot in at the right time or make a timely tackle. 5 minutes before the half however, A loose ball fell to Levsins feet & he swiveled & shot before the Dungannon keeper could set himself & the ball flew into the bottom corner to give CYFC the lead. Again shots reigned in on Dungannon but with the swirling wind & rain they just wouldn’t go in. CYFC in front at the break but with all to play for in the 2nd half.
With the wind now at their backs it was Dungannon who came out hungrier in the 2nd half & after a misplaced pass their striker latched on & fired home to give Dungannon their equalizer. CYFC however continued to press hard & work the ball out from the back, with Mcgurk, Mcmullan & Donnelly all combining well with the CYFC midfield. Smart passing & movement up both wings, from Levsins on the Left & Muldoon now on the right got CYFC up the pitch & into Dungannon’s final third. Midfield was again a battlefield but both Campbell & Otzel were holding their own against their physically bigger opponents. After a Dungannon attack smart out play from Donnelly released Kerr & he powered his way up field to go one on one with the Dungannon keeper but his chip went agonizingly wide of the post & let Dungannon off the hook. Again CYFC pressed hard & from a corner they just couldn’t get the ball over the line despite a goalmouth scramble! Then with 10 mins remaining,  Dungannon broke down the right & their forward smashed in a well driven cross that somehow took a cruel deflection in the box & the ball ended up in the back of the CYFC net to give Dungannon the lead. Undeterred however CYFC continued to create chances but just couldn’t seem to get that last pass right or the shot seemed to go wide. The game ended with Dungannon victorious, however CYFC can hold their heads high, taking a very good Dungannon team on in treacherous conditions & running them very close despite being a year younger.
The boys now look forward to next weeks game were they will take on St. Malachy’s in the quarter final of the NIBFA plate.


CYFC Colts u14s 3-3 Rathfriland u14s (CYFC win on Penalties)

Cookstown Colts secured their place in the semi final of the MUYL Knockout Cup on Saturday after an entertaining game against Rathfriland.
The tables had turned from the previous fixture with Cookstown short on numbers and the away side with a full squad that was stronger than the last day. In very difficult conditions for both teams it was Rathfriland who used the wind to their advantage in the first half as Cookstown struggled to clear the ball any distance. Cookstown were looking dangerous when getting forward with Ben McCormack doing well to win his side a couple of corners. The Colts went close from one Ryan Eccles corner when Scott Gillis was unlucky not to keep his header down. Good pressure led to the opening goal when Aren Kudrenko, who was working tirelessly, forced a defender into a mistake and he finished well to give the Colts the lead on 25 minutes. Rathfriland seemed to lift it another level and were creating chances. Ethan Gordon made a good save down to his right from close range and had to deal with several awkward corners. The equaliser came on 28 minutes when the strong wind caught a cross from the right hand side leaving Gordon no chance in goal. Rathfriland were ruthless and kept on top, adding two more goals within minutes to take a good lead into the half time break.
At the break the Colts were reminded of their comeback in the last Rathfriland game and following the break put in a great battling performance. Within a minute they had their first corner and were looking determined. Due to the weather the game was paused for almost 10 minutes and the Colts took a while to get back into the groove. The midfield of Ciaran Devlin, Shaun Og Shields and Ryan Eccles were working hard to drive the team forward and Marcus Boyd was brought in to help get back into the game. Then from a Ciaran Devlin corner Cookstown got their lifeline when Jude Murphy found the back of the net. Jamie Barry and Scott Gillis who had both been playing well had picked up knocks and Rory Wilson was brought in. The chances were coming for Cookstown, Ben McCormack was unlucky when he broke in behind to see his effort saved and Jude Murphy crashed a strike from 25 yards into the post. Rathfriland still were pushing and at one point Cookstown struggled to clear the ball from the box after several attempts in a very nervy last 10 minutes. Cookstown got their equaliser when a long kick out from Ethan Gordon made its way through to Jude Murphy who calmly finished to the delight of the Colts. The home side still had to be careful and the back line of Jamie Barry, Rory Wilson, Dylan Hamilton and PJ Cassidy did very well to keep strong and see the game out until the final whistle.
With the score at 3-3 and poor conditions, it was decided to go straight to penalties rather than extra time. This worked out well for Cookstown as Jamie Barry, Aren Kudrenko, Jude Murphy and Ryan Eccles confidently stepped up to score four from four wrapping things up after two misses from Rathfriland. Cookstown can now look forward to a semi final clash against rivals Dungannon United Youth.
Team: Ethan Gordon, Jamie Barry, Dylan Hamilton, Scott Gillis, PJ Cassidy, Shaun Og Shields, Ciaran Devlin, Ryan Eccles, Ben McCormack, Jude Murphy (c), Aren Kudrenko, Marcus Boyd, Rory Wilson
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