Conditions where excellent as Cookstown Youth took on Tandragee Rovers in the first round of the Mid Ulster League Cup in Portadown on Saturday.
Following on from the success of last weeks win against Glentoran, the boys entered the game in confident mood!
From the start of the game Cookstown Youth dominated proceedings with a early goal scored by Falls. Cookstown were playing excellent flowing football against a strong workmanlike Tandragee team.
Monaghan in goals was applying his improving organisational skills to the defence of impressive Hamilton, McAleer, A Devlin and J Devlin who all had great games as they moped up Tandragee’s attacks and made use of the ball very effectively. Cookstown continued to control throughout with further goals from the skillful strike duo of Sh O’Hare and Falls, who added more goals before half time.
The second half again was dominated by Cookstown Youth, with the midfield of outstanding Donnelly, Farley, Se O’ Hare, C. Devlin, O’Neill, Davey and Ballantine showing great awareness and passing. Cookstown Youth scored goals regularly throughout the second half. It was during this period that the goal of the game was scored by Donnelly, a wonderful team goal which started from goalkeeper Monaghan with slick passing from defence, midfield to attack.
Credit to Tandragee who never gave up and got a conciliation goal for all their endeavours.
Well done to the whole squad today for a great team performance!
COOKSTOWN U13 4
As with the previous week the weather had played its part in backing up fixtures in league and cup which meant a late kick off on Friday evening at Lurgan JH School for the young sizzlers, the game was delayed slightly but got underway around 8:15pm.
The first few minutes saw a bright start by both teams countering each other as they but Cookstown pressed hard to get the early advantage and a corner was awarded and a shot by Thomas just went high of the goal.
Warrenpoint were under pressure for much of the first quarter but created a number of opportunities which the defence of Kenning, McLean (MOTM) and the saw out with ease, despite this the sea siders did come close and Campbell was at his best with a couple of good saves from close range.
Honors were even at half time despite the early changes to the CYFC line up, with Eoin Gallagher coming on for Tiernan Mackle as he picked up an injury, Glasgow too came in for Shane Murphy after 15 mins to refresh the legs.
The second half saw an inspired Cookstown push for the advantage; the management had left them in no doubt what was needed with praise and encouragement to take the game to their opponents which they did with determination. A corner was won on the right and Lee Glasgow delivered a powerful cross only to be returned by the defender and at the second time of asking he delivered it straight to the incoming Donaghy who made no error and headed home from six yards; a text book goal.
Straight from the off the young sizzlers pressed again; defending with passion and winning the possession the ball was delivered through to a rampant Thomas Mackle who was fouled around twenty yards out and justly awarded the free. The ball was set and a wall positioned which is customary but this did not stop Thomas lifting the ball cleanly over the wall with pace and power and delivered it into the top right hand corner of the net with the keeper unable to reach it and doubling the sizzlers lead.
With this Rian Mullan was introduced for wee Tiernan O’Neill who had been the play maker all evening and Shane Murphy went back in for Glasgow to ensure all the subs had some quality time on the field, the changes were to CYFC’s advantage and Fernando Da Silva came out to the right wing and with a powerful run split the defence and fired low and hard into the bottom left hand corner to make it three......well deserved with all the possessing they had worked so hard for.
Warrenpoint at this stage made a couple of changes and created a good passage of play and this lead to a free on the eighteen yard line with a firm blow of the referees whistle; a close call as it was just outside, the strike was delivered well but just too high and CYFC breathed a sigh of relief with only six minutes remaining. A quick pass out from the back got the game going again and a threaded ball was taken on by Gallagher who fired low and hard across the keeper who was unable to gather cleanly and the follow in by Rian Mullan was taken on the run and tapped sweetly into the corner of the net to round off a great team performance.
COOKSTOWN U14 3
CAMLOUGH U14 1
As expected Cookstown got through to the next round of the cup and it was the defenders who stole the limelight by scoring the goals.
Jack Turkington ran to the bye line and hit a crisp shot past the keeper at his near post.
Nathan Connolly then hit a sweet drive just over and Adam Montgomery had a couple of efforts off target. Cookstown were well on top with Brendan Davey and Curtis Hay working hard and supplying Banas with good situations down the right flank but he wasn`t firing the way he can.
Camlough equalised with Cookstown`s defence caught too far to the left hand side of the pitch but a quick response ensured a half time lead with Ryan Murphy heading home a corner kick.
Tyler Anderson was unlucky as a swerving free kick hit the post but he made no mistake minutes later with a 25 yard drive sailing into the top of the net.
Camlough gave Cookstown a late fright by striking the woodwork but Cookstown deservedly held on to progress in the competition.
Man of the match was Tyler Anderson.
COOKSTOWN U15 0
ST OLIVER PLUNKETT FC 5
The U15s made the journey to Lurgan Junior High School last Friday night to take on a St Oliver Plunketts team who are riding high in National League (A). The Cookstown players and coaches were under no illusion that this was going to be a tough one , however they went into the game confident that they could give the Belfast boys a good game.
The first half had the Cookstown boys run ragged , and Plunketts asserted themselves with some great passing and movement and equally as good finishing , although offside shouts were ignored by the “stand in” ref. All the Cookstown boys gave their all in the first half and it would be unfair to pick out any one individual player as they were chasing their tails against a Plunketts team who were in exhibition mode .
One change at half time and Jamie McCrum joined the fray for Caleb Buchannon who had drained his tank in the 1st half. Cookstown came into the game more and were beginning to thwart the Plunketts onslaught , with O’Hare , Rocks , McCrum and Arrell all pushing themselves to the limit. Arrell was struggling up front on his own , however the whole team kept battling and never once gave up. Cameron McMullan and Matthew Kelly were introduced for Dobson and Dingley , as the boys continued to frustrate the Belfast boys , who only managed one goal in the 2nd half.
A good effort from the 15s against one of the best 15s teams in Northern Ireland, and if the boys are to continue to develop , then its teams like St Oliver Plunketts that they should want to play and compete against.
A big thanks to the parents who drove down , this was very much appreciated.
Our ever popular Development Centre returns to the Mid Ulster Sports Arena this Friday 28th February 2014. Coaching sessions will start at 6.30pm sharp , and players are asked to attend MUSA from 6pm to facilitate registration. The sessions will finish at 7.30pm.
The cost is £3 per night for the duration of this incoming Development Centre term.
CYFC is a cross community organisation , and all our coaches are IFA accredited and are all Child Protection trained.
We look forward to seeing you all , and also look forward to welcoming new faces. For further information please contact Public Relations Officer Andy Kelly on 07872901473.
CYFC U11 beat Tandragee
CYFC U11 beaten by Banbridge
CYFC U12 defeated CYFC Colts
CYFC U14 3 Camlough 1
Warrenpoint 0 CYFC U13 4
CYFC U15 0 SOP FC 5
CYFC U16 0 Glentoran 4
Cliftonville 4 CYFC U17 0
CYFC U18 3 Dromore Amtrs 1