Seniors Put Out On Penalties In Cup

Seniors Put Out On Penalties In Cup

Downshire YM 2 – 2 CYFC Seniors – Downshire win 5-4 on pen kicks
Cookstown youth were knocked out of the Intermediate cup last week when ones more it was the curse of the penalties that was their undoing.
On a wet pitch the home side were into the stride quickest and had a number of shots that were well of the mark. Cookstown 1st chance came when Kelly picked the ball up 25 yards out but his quick tune and weak shot did not trouble the home keeper. Cookstown were not starting to get on top in this match but kept giving the ball away and the play from both teams was very scrappy. A good move down the left found Kelly in the box again with his back at goal but again his turn and shot was weak and a lay out to Megarry was maybe the better option. on 30 minutes Keane was put away on the right wing and his good cross found barrie Kelly at the back post how headed just wide. Kelly and Wilson then linked well on the Left to put and good ball into Megarry but the keeper made a good save. Kelly then had another shot just before the break but ones more it was of target.
The home team took the lead on 55 minutes when D Kelly lost the ball on the Left wing and the home side broke down the left and the cross was not cleared and the forward found the back of the net for 1-0. it was maybe the wake up call the local lads need and they were soon back level when Mekenna found D Kelly inside the box who laid the ball of to Megarry and his shot was blocked but fell to Barrie Kelly who found the back of the net for 1-1. Cookstown now took the game to the home side and D Kelly had another shot that was well wide. the home side got back in front when the cookstown defence failed to clear the ball and again got punished for 2-1. Cookstown again kept the pressure on and Sub Steven Arrell was a real danger. McElhatton found D Kelly with and good pass and he cut in on his right foot but his shot was just over the bar. Cookstown the got back on level terms again when Arrell was found on the right wing and his great cross found Megarry at the back post for 2-2. Cookstown not pressured for the winner in the last 10 minutes with Kelly, Megarry, and arrell all having chances but could not find the back of the net and for the 4th week in a row the game went into extra time.
in the 1st 10 minutes it was all Cookstown and Megarry had a great chance to win it but his shot was well saved by the home side, Arrell then his the outside of the post with an effort but the home team held out.
The last 10 minutes was an even affair with both side having a few chances but no more goals were scored and it was back to penalties. and it was the home team that won 5-4 and go into the next round.
Team: L Donaghy, J Scott, J Wilson, S McElhatton, A Bell, D McElhatton, B Kelly, J McKenna, M Megarry, D Kelly, A Keane, S Arrell, J Turkington, R Rocks, P Gabrysiak
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