Tough Conditions Doesn’t Stop U14s Securing A Hard Fought Win

Tough Conditions Doesn’t Stop U14s Securing A Hard Fought Win

CYFC u12’s defeated Sion Swifts u12’s

Last Saturday the 2008’s faced Sion Swifts at Scroggy Road Limavady in their second fixture of 2020. In wet and windy conditions the young Whites dominated possession and chances created on the massive Scroggy Road pitch. Striker Kelso tested the home keeper on 2 minutes as the young sizzlers pushed for an early opening with the wind on their backs. Mulgrew forced a fine save on 5 minutes from 15 yards before winger Ferguson thundered in a shot on goal on 7 minutes. Mulgrew then powered a bullet header inches over the Swift’s crossbar from a Ferguson corner on 9 minutes before captain McKenzie was thwarted from the edge a minute later. Great work from Kelso finally opened the deadlock with Ferguson latching unto his fine pass to thunder home the opener on 18 minutes.

Ferguson went close again before Sion nearly equalised from a fantastic corner right on halftime. Four minutes into the second half Sion equalised with a drive into the corner of the net from 10 yards. Ferguson was on fire and doubled his tally with a fine finish on 35 minutes. Keeper Patterson was then forced into a great save as Sion broke clear of their markers once again. Ferguson went close again with two great chances before striker Wilson settled the game as a contest with a beautifully directed finish from 6 yards on 38 minutes. Mulgrew got on the goalscoring list with a powerful drive from 15 yards on 40 minutes. Substitute Talbot then latched unto a pinpoint cross from McElhatton 2 minutes later as the Whites threatened to run riot. Lennox just failed to find the net right at the death after bamboozling two Swift defenders.

Bertie Peacocks and Maiden City up next in League friendlies before facing Ballinamallard and Ballyclare Colts in the NIBFA Plate and NIBFA  KO Cup competitions in the coming weeks.

TEAM: B. Patterson, B. Lennox, E. Long, E. Irwin, J. Donnelly, B. Mulgrew(1), H. McKenzie, J. Ferguson(2), I. Kelso, J. Wilson(1), J. Ferson, A. McElhatton, C. Talbot(1), J. Price, J. Patterson.

CYFC 2-0 Oxford United Stars

The CYFC Under 14 team made the journey to the Maiden City on Saturday to take on Oxford United Stars. Following a hard fought Cup match against Oxford United last week this was due to be a tough match in rather wintery conditions. Both teams immediately picked up where they had left off last week as both teams set out their intent early on. There was some hard tackles going in with neither side given the opportunity to settle on the ball. The back line of Neeson, Sheehy, McElkennon and Hawker looked impressive for CYFC as they demonstrated pace and composure on the ball, dealing with anything Oxford through at them. CYFC did have their own opportunities to open the scoring early on as Mallon and Bell both missed clear cut chances. It was CYFc who eventually did open their account as McNicholl made a blistering run from mid field into the Oxford box only to be brought down by a hefty challenge. The referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty which Mallon dispatched with great aplomb ! The goal seemed to provide Oxford united with renewed impetus as they surged down the left wing cutting in several times and really should have equalised as they hit the bar once and the CYFC defence managed to clear lines on several other occasions.

The second half saw Oxford United come out fighting as they changed their formation and were definitely on top for the first 15 minutes. Manager Kelly made a number of important changes that turned the tide bringing on Quinn, Ward, Kerrigan, McGeehan and Pitts. This made a real difference and saw CYFC on the attack again. Mid way through the second half young Hawker made a surging run from half way and was through on goal when he was brought down in the box. A penalty was awarded by the referee and Mallon stepped up to take his second spot kick of the day. The Under 14 talisman strided confidently to the ball and left the keep er with no chance drilling the ball low and hard into the back of the net. Oxford United did create some further chances and will be disappointed not to have got one back at the end. Another pleasing performance from the Cookstown lads and another clean sheet for new goalkeeper Conor Moran.

Team: C.Moran,C.Hawker, L.McElkennon, C.Sheehy, L.Neeson, B.Mallon, T.Wilkinson, F.McNicholl, S.Speirs, P.McClean, J.Bell, A.Quinn, C.Ward, J.Kerrigan, S.McGeehan, T.Pitts.

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