CYFC U11 4 Armagh City 3
Man of The Match :Lee Glasgow / Robert McClean
Gilford Crusaders 0 CYFC U13 4 (Friendly)
Arrell 2, Hughes 2, MOM : Caleb Buchannon
CYFC U14 3 Foyle Harps 0
CYFC U18 1 Lurgan Town 2
Last Saturday the U11 overcame Armagh at MUSA in a Mid-Ulster League fixture, coming out on top thanks to a Lee Glasgow goal in the dying embers of an intensely dramatic and pulsating fixture. In their thirteenth fixture of the season, the management team of Quinn, Kenning, Campbell and Warwick knew this was always going to be difficult with Armagh sitting fourth in the league and coming into this game with some good recent results.
Manger Gerry Quinn rang the changes for this game with Wensley, Hailing, Black and Wilson having to sit this one out due to the sixteen squad match day rule. On top of this he started Adam McCrum at left back and Craig Bigger up front to give these players much needed match time as the management team strive for individual and squad development when and where possible.
Cookstown started the brighter of the two teams with good movement down the right through Rian Mullan, Iairlaith Donaghy and Joseph Donnelly. A quick short corner between Mullan and Donaghy created the first opportunity for the Cookstown Sizzlers with an Armagh defender clearing with a header off the line.
As the game progressed Armagh started to get more into the game with the back four of Mullan, McCrum, Robert Mclean and William Kenning been tested by the Orchard County’s quick counter attacking. This increased pressure from Armagh led to the most controversial incident in the game when last defender McLean was blatantly shoved off the ball by the Armagh striker who then went on to drive home unchallenged past Jamie Campbell in goal for the opener after ten minutes.
Unfortunately despite protests from managers, players and parents alike the referee allowed Armagh’s opener to stand. Cookstown gathered themselves with the midfield quartet of Donaghy, Jamie Marlin, Luke Patterson and Lee Glasgow having to up their game against a resilient Armagh defence. Captain Jamie Marlin could and maybe should have scored out pacing two defenders and rounding the keeper only to see his left footed shot hit the side netting from an acute angle.
He then saw another good drive just land wide from inside the eighteen yard box before McLean tested the keeper from distance after a powerful run down the right. Armagh then took a dramatic two goal lead on twenty minutes when their striker chipped keeper Campbell with Cookstown’s defence all at sea. McCrum then made way for Shane Murphy and Luke Patterson was replaced by Dean Bigger as Cookstown tried to get a foot hole in a game which starting to run away from them. Murphy provided a wonderful left footed cross across the six yard box which Donaghy just missed by inches.
Then a hopeful ball tossed into the Armagh box by Mullan delivered a great opportunity when the ball was handled by an Armagh defender for a penalty. Marlin took three steps and drove the ball high into the right hand corner with the score 2-1 on twenty-five minutes. Into the second half the game was just as close with both sides creating a couple of good chances.
Unfortunately Armagh regained their two goal lead when their striker turned on a six pence to drive hard and low past substitute keeper Keelan Gault. Craig Bigger was then replaced by Joel Dallas with Mullan making way for Bobbie Patterson at right back. Another great run by Marlin then unlocked the Armagh defence on forty-five minutes as he superbly struck home his and Cookstown’s second from fifteen yards. Dallas and Glasgow both had decent chances to level the score before Donnelly made way for Luke Patterson up front.
Superb work by Murphy, Marlin and Glasgow on the left created a fantastic opportunity for Luke Patterson who hit an unstoppable drive into Armagh’s top right hand corner from the edge of the area sending management, players and parents into a mass of excitement with ten minutes to go. Cookstown’s tails were up and they could smell blood as the pushed hard for the winner in the dying minutes.
A fantastic run by Glasgow delivered the match winner in nearly the last kick of the game as he struck a right footed shot which somehow squirmed under the Armagh keeper and nestled in the bottom right hand corner of the net to end one of the most dramatic games of the season to date.
Team: Jamie Campbell, Rian Mullan, Robert McLean, William Kenning, Adam Mccrum, Iairlaith Donaghy, Luke Patterson, Jamie Marlin, Lee Glasgow, Craig Bigger, Joseph Donnelly, Shane Murphy, Dean Bigger, Keelan Gault, Bobbie Patterson, Joel Dallas.
Fixtures for Saturday 10th December
Mid Ulster Youth League
CYFC 11s - No Game Scheduled
CYFC 12s - No Game Scheduled
CYFC 13s v Lurgan Town @ MUSA
Lisnaskea v CYFC 15s
NIBFA Cup - Kick-off 11am
CYFC v Ballymoney Utd @ MUSA
Mid Ulster Under 18s Juvenile League
CYFC v Hillsbouragh @ Beechway