Slow progress has been made in recent weeks in Cookstown Youths U11s cup campaign.
Due to the bad weather they have played only two competitive matches since January; the most recent against, Glentoran Colts U11s.
As you can imagine the boys were very excited about this match, which if they won would take them through to the next round of the Northern Ireland Shield.
Cookstown started well in the first half breaking with the ball on numerous occasions and controlling the game. At first a goal looked impossible against a strong Glentoran defence, however Falls was played through with a lovely pass from O’Hare and no mistake was made striking the ball into the back of the Glentoran net.
A hard working team performance was rewarded with a second goal just seven minutes later, when Monaghan in goals rolled the ball to Hamilton who then passed the ball to Farley.
Farley sprinted down the right wing, turned inside to create space for Falls who once again finished with a superb strike.
The boys continued to work hard with McAleer, J Devlin and B Hamilton controlling the back line to keep a clean sheet in the first half.
The second half started well for Cookstown, with their good work rewarded with a hat-trick for Falls.
This appeared to spur Glentoran into action and were a different team after this goal, with Glentoran starting to play more like the name would suggest.
Cookstown suddenly came under a lot of pressure and conceded two goals after some good play by Glentoran.
Glentoran kept the pressure on and hit the crossbar as well as forcing goalkeeper Monaghan to make some outstanding blocks.
The team were awarded for their work with an own goal by Glentoran from a corner to secure the win.
Overall a brilliant game from the boys and an excellent result. Their work rate and effort was immense from start to finish. A real credit to the boys, their parents and the coaches.
Cookstown Youth ..............3
Dungannon Utd Youth ...... 0
A thilling game from both teams on a bitterly cold Saturday morning started with numerous attacks from the Cookstown side with attacks from Stewart Wylie, Terry Devlin and Eunan O’Neill linking up well.
The first goal came from Terry Devlin receiving the ball on the edge of the area and rounding the last defender and slotting into the left corner of the net.
Dungannon had a few breaks in the remaining few minutes of the first half but to be stopped by the Cookstown defence.
The second became a flurry of chances from the Cookstown side and the second goal came from a great run down the left wing from Terry Devlin and an a chip into the back post for Aaron Traill to score into the top corner and finish off a great link up for the second goal.
The Cookstown side continued to dominate a game against a well drilled Dungannon side and it was the in form Terry Devlin who after receiving the ball from a good passing combination from Bell and O’Neill brought the ball into the back post and hit an exquisit chip over the keeper and into the back of the net.
Dungannon in the last five minutes of the game had a few breaks and nearly pulled one back only for the Cookstown keeper Matthew Gibson and Paul Monaghan to clear off the line.
The Cookstown side though got the win and now need to up there game for a few big games coming up.
Man Of Match: Terry Devlin
CYFC : Mattew Gibson, Caleb Robb, Sean Monaghan, Joshua Turkington, Eunan O’Neill, Dominic O’Neill, Peter Bell, Paul Monaghan, Terry Devlin, Stewart Wylie, Aaron Traill.