Cookstown Colts come back from two down to beat Dungannon

Jamie Fox, left, in action for Cookstown Youth U12 against Warrenpoint last Saturday
Jamie Fox, left, in action for Cookstown Youth U12 against Warrenpoint last Saturday

Cookstown Youth U11 entertained Dungannon Youth U11 on Saturday at MUSA.

Cookstown were keen to improve on the last result between the two sides.

Cookstown went into the game with a good attitude and started the game robustly with some brilliant link up play from the front line of Sh O’Hare, C Falls and T Armstrong, resulting in Cookstown taking a lead in the first minute.

Dungannon settled into the game and responded strongly putting Cookstown Youth’s back line of M Anderson, A Devlin, J Devlin and Se O’Hare under pressure. Only for Cookstown’s keeper P Monaghan preforming some spectacular saves Dungannon could have not only equalised but gone ahead in a entertaining game.

Cookstown Youth weathered the storm and grew in confidence, sensing that this was going to be their day. The midfield of J Farley, B Hamilton, C Devlin, S Donnelly and D Jeffers worked tirelessly to support in attack and defence.

A defiant performance incorporating hard work and never give up attitude saw a fantastic performance from the guys.

Brilliant performance guys and keep up the hard work. Well done

Cookstown Colts 4

Dungannon United 3

On Saturday morning Cookstown U12 Colts tooks on Dungannon u12 at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena.

Dungannon started well with 2 quick fire early goals in the first 10 minutes. Cookstown shortly after started to dominate the mid field with Shane Connelly and Todd Brown working well and finding Terry Devlin and Callum O’Neill on each wing. Cookstown got the goal they deserved with a solo shot scored by Jeimi Muldoon just before the half time whistle.

The second half of the match started at a high tempo with Cookstown constantly on the attack. Cookstown quickly got their equaliser with a great run and long range shot from Callum O’Neill.

Cookstown then took the lead through an outstanding free kick from Terry Devlin.

The Colts extended their lead with the second goal of the match from Jeimi Muldoon, as he made his way through the dungannon defence. Cookstown’s defence was tested soon after with a couple of attacks for Dungannon but the defensive unit of Rhys Campbell, Mark Carleton and Sami Junk protecting Matthew Gibson in goals.

Dungannon did get one back before Cookstown wrapped up the game with goals from Ben McNally and a long range shot from Todd Brown. A brilliant result all around with some good play and some top finishing from Cookstown.

CYFC: Matthew Gibson, Mark Carleton , Rhys Campbell, Sami Junk, Jeimi Muldoon, Todd Brown, Charlie Acheson, Ben McNally, Nathan Bartley, Callum O’Neill, Terry Devlin , Shane Connelly.

Cookstown U13 3

Oak Athletic 2

Last Saturday the young sizzlers faced old NI Cup adversaries Oak Athletic in a National League home fixture at MUSA.

On a nearly perfect pitch after several days of heavy rain manager Gerry Quinn understood the difficulty of the task of facing unbeaten and high flying Oak Athletic after a very average performance against Larne the previous week.

With the full squad at his disposal the manager moved a couple of players around in different positions which initially paid good dividends in terms of possession, shape and chances created.

The movement up front of Tiernan O’Neill and Lee Glasgow supported by Thomas Mackle and captain Iarlaith Donaghy caused Oak all sorts of problems in the opening twenty minutes of the game.

A great cross from Fernando ‘Torres’ Silva was headed just wide from Thomas Mackle with further chances falling to both Donaghy and Glasgow. An initial headed attempt by Donaghy was well saved by the Oak keeper on fifteen minutes but the captain’s follow up exploded the net as Cookstown took a deserved lead.

This kick started Oak as they attacked Cookstown’s full backs on both sides with both pace and power. A great piece of skill by the Oak left winger saw him race into the Cookstown area only to go down somewhat easily from a challenge from two Cookstown players to gain a penalty. Keeper Jamie Campbell had no chance from the spot kick on 25 minutes.

Just before half time a change of position allowed Lee Glasgow to find the space to smash home an unbelievable left foot strike from eighteen yards to regain the lead.

Into the second half Joseph Donnelly entered the fray and was unfortunate with two half chances after some great movement of the ball on the edge of the Oak area.

Cookstown began to turn the screw on Oak with their great passing especially through Tiernan Mackle and Silva in the middle with Glasgow and Donaghy terrorizing the travelling full backs. A great cross from the left was headed on by Glasgow to the feet of Donaghy who drove high and handsome into the roof of the Oak net from twelve yards to seal what looked a great home victory.

Shane Murphy, Luke Patterson, Eoin Gallagher and Rian Mullan all entered the game to see out the victory. But Oak’s never say die attitude was rewarded in a second ‘soft’ penalty but it was all too little to late as Cookstown deservedly inflicted another defeat on Oak Athletic. TEAM effort!

CYFC: J. Campbell, B. Patterson, R. McLean, W. Kenning, D. Bigger, I. Donaghy, Tiernan Mackle, F. Silva, Thomas Mackle, T. O’Neill, L. Glasgow, J. Donnelly, L. Patterson, E. Gallagher, R. Mullan, S. Murphy.

Cookstown U15 1

Ballymoor 3

Cookstown were at home on Friday night after a good result the previous week in Ballymena.

The match started brightly for Cookstown, Jake Young’s individual skill almost resulted in a great goal only for the keeper to save low to his right.

Arrell and Larmour were causing problems up front while O’Hare, Dobson and McMullan were helping with every attack.

The goal looked as though it was coming but this Cookstown team just cannot get in front when on top and even with the introduction of Dingley and Kelly they came in at half time unfortunate to be at 0-0.

Turning to play with the wind it looked as though it was Cookstown’s game to lose but the long ball caught them out on 3 separate occasions and Ballymoor finished their chances to give McGuigan no chance in nets.

McCrum, Rocks, Wilson and Donnelly were stretched as Cookstown tried to get back into the game and a consolation came through Larmour who finished it brilliantly.

Cookstown will be disappointed again with the result and they know chances must be put away in order to win matches. At least 3 defeats this season should have been wins. Onwards and upwards.

CYFC: McGuigan Donnelly Wilson Rocks McCrum O’Hare Dobson McMullan Young Arrell Larmour Monaghan Dingley Hughes Kelly Devlin

Man of the Match this week was Matthew Kelly


The Annual CYFC Steak BBQ takes place on Saturday November 2 in Cookstown Hockey Club at 8pm.

Tickets are available from all CYFC managers and coaches and are priced at £10 per person (strictly over 16s ).

Cookstown Youth FC depend an awlful lot on our fundraisers , and although we understand everyone is feeling the financial pinch , we would urge you to come and support our great wee club , and in doing so you will ensure we continue serving the local community for another season. See you all there !!!


Unfortuntately the Development Centre was called off last week , due to the inclement waether , however things will hopefully get back to normal this Friday 25th October 2013.

Coaching takes place from 6.30pm until 7.45pm , and runs for the next 9 weeks. Players from the age of 6yrs (born 2007) will be made more than welcome, and the Developmen Centret caters for kids , Male and Female , whatever their ability, up until they are 14yrs old and even after that there is always the oppertunity to become a helper.

The cost for the sessions is £3 per night.

We look forward to seeing you all back with us and also look forward welcoming anyone new.

Cookstown Youth FC welcomes all sections of the community and our coaches are all IFA accredited and Child Protection trained.

Players attending this Friday evening are advised to attend MUSA 15mins before the start to facilitate registration !!

Next week’s fixtures will appear on the Cookstown Youth Facebook Page