Football: Nine goal thriller as Cookstown U18 defeat league challengers Annagh United

U18s scorer Paul Stewart in action against Annagh United at Beechway last Saturday.
U18s scorer Paul Stewart in action against Annagh United at Beechway last Saturday.
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COOKSTOWN U12 3

WARRENPOINT 1

Cookstown started brightly and had a lot of the ball in the opening 10 minutes creating numerous chances which they could not take.

Warrenpoint had a quick counter attack in which they opened the scoring before Cookstown scoring right on the half time whistle to make it 1-1 .

The second half started the same as the first with Cookstown having plenty of the ball only this time they were ableto take their chances and ran out comfortable winners with 2 goals from Terry Devlin and Peter Bell.

CYFC: M. Gibson, C. Robb, S. Monaghan, P. Monaghan, B. Tereso, E. O’Neill, P. Bell, T. Devlin, S. Wylie, D. Banis.

COOKSTOWN U16 1

TRISTAR BOYS 0

Cookstown U16 took on National League A rivals Tristar in the U16 KO Cup Plate on Saturday past.

The game started with Cookstown really taking the game to Tristar and putting loads of pressure on their defence but the final ball just wasn’t coming. Tristar were fairly ineffective with Gary Adams and Joshua Adams in the heart of defence dealing with all that was thrown at them.

As the game progressed Cookstown took control with Luke Johnston and James Donnelly pushing out from the back and feeding the wings with Paul Donnelly and Fergal Devlin doing the running up front. James Larmour and Josh McAdoo fought well in the midfield area.

A number of times the Tristar defence was breached but the finish wasn’t there with probably the best chance falling to P Donnelly.

The second half started in similar fashion and the Cookstown lads really peppered the Tristar backline. The Tristar keeper made a number of saves from Devlin and P Donnelly. Another Donnelly shot saw the keeper spill the ball. Johnston moved into midfield with McAdoo getting a rest. As the game progressed the Tristar players and management got more frustrated as Cookstown continued to control the game. Johnston saw a shot blocked and other efforts went amiss.

Then with 10 minutes left McAdoo went on a run down the left taking on the defence. He then whipped a ball into the box and the defender made a swipe at the ball only to see it end up in his own net. The remainder of the match was seen out easily enough, with Aaron Ridewood having to pull off a save late on to secure the win and progression into the next round to play either Portadown or Ballinamallard.

CYFC: Ridewood, Johnston, G Adams, J Adams, J Donnelly, Larmour, McAdoo, Scott, Devlin, P Donnelly, Hill.

Man of the Match: Gary Adams & Luke Johnston

BALLYMOOR 1

COOKSTOWN U15 2

The U15s made the journey to Derry-Londonderry to play Ballymoor in a fixture that had been cancelled at the very last minute a few weeks ago, but one that both coaches and players were hopeful of bringing points back to Cookstown.

And so they did with a double strike from Stevie Arrell who just cannot stop scoring at the minute.

Excellent performances from Jack Wilson, Ben Young, Cameron McMullen and Ryan Rocks meant that the boys came away with all three points.

COOKSTOWN U14 1

CRAIGAVON 1

Adam Montgomery smashed the ball goalwards, but the referee harshly ruled off side.

Cookstown fell behind against the run of play with a mix up between Afonso Tereso and his centre back pairing. Ryan Murphy`s superb switch to the left set up Ryan McFarland for a brilliant equaliser.

Cookstown were dominating the match but just couldn`t force the decisive goal. Erik Banas and Adam Montgomery were both caught flat footed with the goal at their mercy. Jordan Ferguson made a difference coming on as a sub but man of the match was Ryan Murphy with a commanding display in defence.

CYFC: Afonso Tereso, Jack Turkington, Erik Banas, Curtis Hay, Adam Montgomery, Tyler Anderson, Nathan Connolly, Ryan Murphy, Brendan Davey, Stephen Kennedy, Mark Espie, Ryan McFarland, Jordan Ferguson

COOKSTOWN U18 5

ANNAGH UTD 4

CYFC U18s entertained second placed Annagh at Beechway on Saturday and came out with all the points in this nine goal thriller.

The home side started off the brightest when, on two minutes, Abel danced his way past two defenders but his shot found the outside of the post and into the side netting.

Paul Stewart then beat two players on the right wing and his deep cross found Stefan Shields at the back post but with just the keeper to beat he blasted over from 10 yards out. The away team started to dominate the game after this as the home side kept giving the ball away but the well organized home team defence of Adam Jordon, Jamie Hopper, Gavin McElhone, and Captain Adam Glasgow were keeping them at bay with some great and well timed tackles and blocked shots.

Annagh finally broke through on 30 minutes after a mistake from Glasgow when his poor pass out of defence was cut out and the away team broke clear to score. This seamed to give the home lads a lift once more with Garth Hull and James McIvor staring to get more time and space in the middle of the park and the home team were soon level when Abel and Shields linked up well and this time Shields made no mistake shooting low past the keeper into the net.

They were soon 2-1 up when again Shields beat his marker on the edge of the box and his shot was too hot for the keeper to handle and Stewart was on hand for the tap in. Home keeper Chris Reynolds was then called into action just before half time to make a good save at his near post to leave the score 2-1 at the break.

The home team once again started of the better with Abell and Ferson linking well up front and causing all sorts of problems and Hull and McIvor were once more well on top in the battle for midfield but on 55 minutes the away team drew level when Reynolds failed to hold onto a shot from 20 yards out and was then adjudged to have brought the onrushing striker down in the box and a penalty awarded which was scored to make it 2-2.

Annagh then got in front again when they made a break down the right wing and the great cross was turned into his own net by Hopper for an OG with the striker just behind him. The lead was short lived though as minutes later Shields cross found Stewart at the back post and his cushioned header set up Ferson to volley into the net for 3-3.

It was now all out end to end with both team making chances, and on 75 minutes the Annagh midfielder took an outrages shot from all of 40 yards that was just dipping under the crossbar only for Reynolds to tip it onto the bar with a diving save but then with the on rushing striker now left with an easy tap in Reynolds some how got to his feet to make an unbelievable and very brave second save to the amazement of the crowd watching, the ball then broke wide and the home team countered with that man Shields crossing to Stewart who scored from 6 yards out to make it 4-3 to the home team.

Annagh had then a man sent off following the goal but they did not stop coming at the home defence and once more drew level on 82 minutes when the stricker was left free to score inside the 6 yard box for 4-4.

Once again it was all out attack from both teams with Abel and Ferson going close at one end and Reynolds pulling of a few more save and Glasgow and Hopper doing some great last ditch defending. On 87 minutes the home team got in front again abel picked the ball up 20 yards out and beat 3 defenders to score into the net.

Annagh then once more would not lay down and came looking their 5th but Glasgow cleared his lines well. With the lst kick of the game McIvor had a free kick the hit the crossbar to end the match 5-4.

CYFC: Reynolds, Jordon, McElhone, Hopper, Glasgow, Hull (McMullan) , McIvor, Sheilds, Stewart (Wilson), Abell, Ferson.

CONGRATULATIONS

Cookstown Youth FC would like to congratulate the Tyrone Milk Cup 2013 Premier squad on being awarded the Ulster Herald Team of The Year, and in particular Mark Megarry who played in the team, Stevie Hunter and Niall Hunter who were coaches of the team, Andy Kelly, Nigel Talbot, Iain Donaghy and Mavis Donaghy who were involved with the Tyrone Milk Cup Committee, in what was a historic year for the Milk Cup in our County with the Premier boys being the first ever U17 County team to make the Milk Cup Final.