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Coleraine 9

CYFC U11 1

LAST Saturday the new batch suffered only their fourth league defeat to champions elect Coleraine at the Crescent Playing Fields.

Cookstown started off brightly against the Bannsiders and matched them physically and tactically up until the first fifteen minutes of the game before their left winger broke clear to deliver a neat cross into the box for their striker to finish.

It was two five minutes later when a speculative drive from the eighteen yard box looped over Stephen Black in goal. Unfortunatley Black collided with the post trying to save this shot and had to be replaced by Jamie Campbell.

Despite Cookstown’s midfield quartet of Dallas, Marlin, Bigger and Donaghy hard work Coleraine cruised into a four goal lead at half time.

Coleraine continued to dominate in midfield with manager Quinn bringing on Wensly, Wilson, Murphy and Hailing with Luke Patterson and Joseph Donnelly coming off.

Despite several more goals from Coleraine the Cookstown Sizzlers never gave up and were rewarded in stoppage time with their only goal of the game when Donaghy met a superb Murphy free kick at the Coleraine back post.

Next week the Cookstown lads take on another tough cookie in the form of St. Oliver Plunkett in the NI Youth Cup at MUSA kick off 11 am with tea and coffee provided for all players, managers and parents after the match. Man of the match Iairlaith Donaghy for his superb goal just ahead of Robert McLean who was again outstanding in defence.

Team : S. Black, B. Patterson, R. McLean, W. Kenning, K. Gault, J. Dallas, J. Marlin, D. Bigger, I. Donaghy, L. Patterson, J. Donnelly, J. Campbell, H. Wilson, D. Wensley, S. Murphy, A. Hailing

CYFC U12 1

Dungannon Youth U12 3

COOKSTOWN began in a competitive manner and Connolly and Scott both stuck close to their markers. Tyler Anderson was winning possesion in midfield and feeding the ball to his strikers.

However, the away side took the lead when their left winger was left with too much room and his chip sailed over Donaghy’s head and into the net.

Cookstown responded superbly and Turkington saw his effort ricochet off the post and away to safety. However, Cookstown gifted Dungannon a second when they brok the offside trap and scored with stunning finish.

Lone striker Cochrane was taking the game to the Dungannon back four. Unfortunately Cookstown conceded once again prior to the break as a superb striker defeated Donaghy

The second half was a much improved display from Cookstown as they got themselves back into game with some good attacking play. Cochrane made up for the disappointment of missing a penalty kick to get to the by line and cross for Irvine to apply the finish.

Another defeat but a case of what might have been for an improving Cookstown squad who now can be optimistic of making a challenge for honours towards the end of season.

Man of the match this week is shared between striker Cochrane who ran at his opponents at every opportunity and midfield anchorman Matthew Scott who mixed aggression with his accurate passing.

CYFC U12: Tiarnah Donaghy , Jordan Scott, Jack Turkington, Tyler Anderson, Ryan Murphy, Matthew Scott, Nathan Connolly, Robert Turkington , Mark Cochrane, Sam Hardy, Cian Jones, Jake Crooks, Tom Black, Kaelum Irvine, James Naylor, Marty McCracken.

Cookstown U13 2

Dungannon Youth U 13 2

THE start of the cup run was on Saturday when Cookstown entertained local rivals Dungannon at the Fairhill. With a sense of confidence in the team they knew this was a chance to start off the way they intended to go on.

The defence was kept busy in the opening exchanges but Thom, McCrum, Kelly and Keane were equal to any challenge and after getting a foothold in the match the wingers of McCrea and Arrell were getting the ball forward to Devlin and the hard-working Hughes up front.

And it was the latter that won and converted a penalty when he flicked on a corner and the Dungannon defender handled the ball. Ever calm, Hughes gave the keeper no chance and Cookstown were 1 nil up.

Yet Cookstown seemed to lower their tempo after the goal and they too gave away a penalty when Kelly also handled a cross and the Dungannon forward slotted home to equalise.

Towards the end of the half though, the referee awarded another penalty after McCrum was judged to have fouled but a top class save from McCrea in nets kept it at 1-1.

The second half was even better than the first with the Cookstown lads never giving up and , were before they would have given up , they battled hard and took the game to Dungannon.

A great strike from the visitors put them in control with a 2-1 lead , but a plucky display from the home team kept them in the game with Stefan O’Hare and Jamie McCrum outstanding.

A great piece of play down the left side resulted in a great cross from Hughes which bounced severel times in front of goal and the Dungannon defence were punished when they failed to clear and Arrell was on hand to poke home to earn a 2 each draw. This was a great match and both teams were part of a fantastic advert for Youth Football.

CYFC 13s coaching team commented after the match that the Cookstown lads shud be very proud of their performance and the game in general was a great advertisement for Youth Football.

Man of The Match : Stefan O’Hare

Coleraine U14 1

Cookstown U14 0

COOKSTOWN U14 played Coleraine at Moyola last Friday night. The game got underway and Cookstown made the early running with a Lee Hutchinson effort coming off the base of the post.

On four minutes the Cookstown hoodoo struck once again. Coleraine won a corner and from it an unmarked Coleraine player knocked home to score.

In the second half Cookstown really upped their game and had a number of chances, the best of which probably fell to Josh McAdoo who hit the crossbar. The Coleraine keeper also made to fine double saves to keep his side in it. Joshua Adams saw a free kick just sail over the crossbar but the goal just wasn’t going to come.

The lads felt really hard done by as their performance was definitely the best this year.

Stevie Star said that if you’re having a bad run every thing tends to go against you. The performance was an improvement and a few players did well. Noel McKenzie added that once again we just never got anything. We know that the boy’s are disappointed but we’ll just have to gather ourselves once again for next week.

Wensley, Parkinson, G Adams, J Adams, Donnelly, Hutchinson, Glasgow, Kane, Glackin, Graham, McAdoo. Johnston, McWilliams, Kilpatrick, Coney.

Men of Match: Scott Glasgow and Kyle Parkinson.

Cookstown Youth U18s 2

Banbridge Rangers 0

(Maguire, Gates )

THE U-18s put in a good performance at home against Banbridge to record a 2-0 win at Beechway.

The away team had the better of the first 10 minutes and played a lot of high balls to the 6ft 5in forward.

At times the match looked more like a game of head tennis with very little football being played on the ground. It was home keeper Hill who had to make a good save on 8 minutes.

On 10 minutes Hill again was called upon when he saved a shot from 20 yards, pushing it onto the post and Dickson cleared the danger. After this the home team finally got the ball on the ground and upped their work rate and started to dominate. Cohen was starting to pull the strings in midfield with his great range of passing. Kelly created an opening on 20 minutes but shot wide, Maguire then hit a shot but also failed to hit the target.

On 44 minutes Simon Gates started and finished a great passing move, when he picked up the ball in his own half and a good pass found Kelly wide. His pass picked out Gates who had made a great run into the box but the away keeper made a great save to deny Gates to leave the half time score all square.

With all the possession the home team were wondering when the goal was going to come and on 56 minutes they finally got the breakthrough and what a goal it was.

Cohen was brought down 40 yards out and Maguire stepped up to shot home with a spectacular goal but the away keeper will feel he should have done better as he thought the ball was going wide but it nestled into the bottom corner. The home team again pressed and a good passing move almost got them their second.

Dickson picked out Cohen with a good pass and his dangerous cross almost found Ramsay at the back post but the defender did well to clear the danger. The home team made it 2-0 on 69 minutes when Kelly and Ramsay combined with the latter putting in a good cross to the back post were Gates was on hand to head home.

On 72 minutes Leslie picked the ball up at left back and with a sublime bit of skill turned the onrushing forward inside out and drilled a great 40 yard pass that put Ramsay in one on one with the keeper. The striker rounded the keeper but his shot was cleared off the line by the defender.

Banbridge then had a spell of pressure and Hill pulled off a good save on 80 minutes. Maguire was then at it again from a free kick 30 yards out, but this time his shot was destined for the top corner. Unfortunately, the keeper pulled of a great save to tip it over the bar.

McIvor and Ramsay then linked well but Ramsey’s shot was well saved and on 85 minutes Ramsay again was through one on one but the keeper made a good save.

Team: Hill, Dickson (Stewart), Leslie, Jordan, Kelso, Maguire, Gates, Corcoran, Kelly (McIvor 70), Cohen, Ramsay (Greer), Rainey

MOM Jason Cohen. His range of passing was excellent and got us going forward all day.

Development Centre

COOKSTOWN Youth FCs Developement Centre continues this Saturday 4th February at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena.

The centre centre continued on Saturday with over 120 kids taking part, new players Girls or Boys are always welcome to attend. Coaching is from 10.30am for those born between 2002 and 2006 and runs until 11.30am . The second session of coaching begins at 11.45am for those players born between 1997 and 2001 and this runs until 12.45pm. Costs are £3 per week per child.

Players are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the start of each session to allow for registration time!

CYFC would like to call on any footballing enthusiasts , either still playing or retired , who would have an interest in coaching on a Saturday morning. Our Development Centre has kids from 5yrs old and above , of all abilities , so why not give the number below a call and become involved in our vibrant and ambitious Club!

For any queries or concerns please contact the CYFC Dev. Centre mobile on 07771195353 or for all the latest update’s you can check the Cookstown Youth FC Facebook page.

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Draperstown Celtic v CYFC 15s @ Draperstown

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Windmill Stars v CYFC @ Newry