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CYFC 11s 6 Fivemiletown Utd 1

Marlin 4, Glasgow, C Bigger

Man of The Match : Jamie Marlin

Last Saturday ‘the new batch’ from Cookstown Youth entertained Fivemiletown Youth on a perfect pitch at MUSA in their eighth league fixture of the season. The Cookstown lads were hoping to get the previous week’s poor performance against Coleraine out of their system.

Having scouted Fivemiletown a couple of weeks previous the management team of Quinn, Campbell, Kenning and Warwick were quietly confident of getting something out of this fixture especially with the return of Iairlaith Donaghy in midfield who had missed the Coleraine defeat due to illness.

From the off the Cookstown lads dominated the majority of the possession with most of the opening play happening deep in Fivemiletown’s half. Joel Dallas started really brightly on the right wing using his pace and guile to deliver some tremendous crosses for strikers Harry Wilson and Joseph Donnelly to attack. Donnelly’s movement and interplay with Dallas and captain Jamie Marlin created several half chances for the homesters with Marlin, Donaghy and Robert McLean testing the Fivemiletown keeper.

Against the run of play Fivemiletown hit the opening goal on thirteen minutes. A deep cross from the left was only partially cleared. The Fivemiletown attacker picked up the loose ball and drove a stinging shot at keeper Jamie Campbell who pulled off a great save. Unfortunately the Fivemiletown attacker reacted quicker to the rebound and drove home from twelve yards.

The Cookstown lads needed to show a bit of character and duly did in the form of captain Marlin who drove home a tremendous left foot shot four minutes later to even the score. This strike re-invigorated the entire team from back to front with Cookstown continually pressurising and creating chances in an attempt to take the lead. On twenty two minutes a powerful snapshot from all of twenty-five yards by Marlin around a couple of Fivemiletown defenders deceived their keeper with the ball nestling in the bottom right hand corner of the net. Just before half-time captain Marlin hit his and Cookstown’s third after a tremendous mazy run on the right hand side of the area.

At half-time manager Gerry Quinn brought on Keelan Gault and Lee Glasgow to freshen the team up for the second half. A tremendous run by Donnelly on the left delivered Cookstown’s fourth goal within two minutes of the whistle with Glasgow left with a simple tap in from six yards.

Five minutes later it was that man Marlin again with his fourth of the game striking a fantastic twenty-five yard thunderbolt straight into the top right hand corner for the goal of the match. Within five minutes of Craig Bigger entering the game it was goal number six. A superb through ball by Marlin was met by Bigger who calmly opened his body and slotted a sweet shot past the despairing Fivemiletown keeper.

Aaron Hailing and William Kenning entered the frey with Kenning making a couple of good tackles and headed clearances alongside Rian Mullan, Luke Patterson and Robert Mclean as Fivemiletown pushed for a second goal. Defender Bobbie Patterson was switched to central midfield as man of the match Marlin left the field. The majestic Donnelly just ran out of steam after another mesmeric run with only the keeper to beat in the dying minutes.

Fivemiletown saw one great chance slip past the far right post as the game finished 6-1. All in all a great result after the Coleraine game with any ideas of grandeur or complacency replaced with good hard honest work and a great team ethic.

Team: Jamie Campbell, Rian Mullan, Luke Patterson, Robert McLean, Bobbie Patterson, Iairlaith Donaghy, Jamie Marlin, Dean Bigger,Joel Dallas, Joseph Donnelly, Harry Wilson, Keelan Gault, William Kenning, Craig Bigger, Aaron Hailing and Lee Glasgow.

Dromore Amateurs 3 CYFC 13s 1

Stewart. Man of The Match : Ronan Hughes / Matthew Kelly

CYFC U-13s travelled to Dromore on Saturday to face a team that they have struggled against in recent times. They had hoped to put right the wrongs of the last couple of weeks against a strong opposition but it just wasn’t to be.

Changes were made before the match with four players getting their chance to shine and coupled with the absence of Jamie McCrum the team had a new, but no less strong, look about them. The early signs were that this game was going to be a tough, physical encounter and Cookstown gave as good as they got with the back four of Kelly, O’Hare, Dobson and Thom standing strong all the way, ably helped by goalkeeper McCrea.

The midfield was working hard to protect the defenders with Donnelly and Dingley on the flanks and Keane and Buchanon holding the middle. However they just couldn’t get the ball to Devlin and Hughes up front enough and finally they went behind to a sloppy goal. McCrea had made a great save earlier in the match but just couldn’t keep this one out as a long ball was flicked on and finished inside the box to put Dromore ahead.

Cookstown responded with good efforts from Buchanon and Devlin but failed to score. At half time the coaches made two changes, bringing on Michael Stewart for Buchanon and Stevie Arrell for Donnelly. Immediately they looked to go forward and get the equaliser and were unlucky not to draw level but two errors cost them badly. Firstly a penalty was awarded for a bad tackle inside the box to give Dromore a 2-0 lead despite McCrea’s best efforts.

Then it was 3 soon after when an error inside the box again give the forward an easy opportunity to score and make it three.

Cookstown though came out fighting again and the coaches were pleased with their reaction. They brought on Luke McCrea for Dingley to add fresh legs for the last 20 minutes. Stewart did pull one back with 10 minutes left but as much as they tried to score more they found the goalkeeper in fine form and couldn’t force more goals. To their credit they battled away and Dromore were camped inside their half for the last 20 minutes but it came down to three silly mistakes again to cost them, things that will need to be corrected if this team want to go further.

Squad: Young, G McCrea, Dobson, Thom, Kelly, O’Hare, Keane (c) Stewart, L McCrea, Dingley, Hughes, Buchanon, Arrell, Devlin, Donnelly

CYFC 14s 3 Limavady 4

Coney, Graham, Corcoran

Man of The Match : Josh Adams

Dromore Amateurs 1 CYFC 15s 4

McGover, Megarry, Donaghy

Man of The Match : D Coyle

Cookstown took the field to play Dromore in what turned out to be a hard fought match. The home side took the game to a somewhat lack lustre Cookstown team and goalie Chris Reynolds with a point blank save spared the blushes of a hesitant Cookstown defence in the very first minute.

Cookstowns captain Mark Megarry was reading the riot act and rightly so as the team lost the plot. It was fully fifteen minutes before Cookstown mounted a worthwhile attack when L Johnston fed W Donaghy down the right wing and he saw a fine high shot saved underneath the crossbar by the Dromore keeper.

Dromore counter attacked and Cookstown who had not heeded the earlier warnings were forced to concede a corner on eighteen minutes. The ball was crossed in and as the defence flapped about yet again a Dromore forward simply tapped the ball into the net to open the scoring. It was a big wake up call for Cookstown and they finally found their feet as L Johnston, C McGovern and W Donaghy all combined to set up D Coyle who had a fine shot saved by the Dromore keeper.

With eight minutes to half time J Holmes fed D Coyle down the left wing who slipped his defender, drew the keeper and crossed the ball to C McGovern who screwed the ball wide in front of an open goal. It was the last action of a very poor first half by Cookstown.

A stern half time team talk and a tactical change had the desired effect and Cookstown started the second half meaning business. G McElhone replaced J Glasgow and D Coyle moved to the left wing and the difference was plain to be seen.

Within minutes D Coyle had fed J Holmes on two occasions and he fired into the side netting and straight at the keeper when it was easier to score. More pressure from Cookstown saw Dromore resort to rough house tactics as they tried to keep the Cookstown team at bay. Seven minutes into the second half M Corrigan fed D Coyle down the left who flicked on to J Holmes who fired in a quick cross and C McGovern rattled home the equaliser.

This settled the team and they took the game to Dromore. J Holmes and G McElhone all went close to putting Cookstown in the lead but failure to take time on the ball saw the chances go begging. With 14 minutes gone M Corrigan delivered a great ball out of defence to D Coyle on the half way line and he went on a mazy run beating three defenders before being crudely brought down on the left side of the penalty box.

Up stepped M Megarry and he curled a beautiful free kick around the wall and into the bottom far right hand corner of the net to put Cookstown 2 – 1 up. It was all Cookstown at this stage and D Coyle and J Holmes were causing all sorts of problems down the left side for a tired looking Dromore defence.

The move of the match arrived with 12 minutes to go when W Donaghy back heeled the ball to M Megarry who in turn back heeled it to D Coyle on the edge of the box, he fired in a low hard cross and C McGovern smacked home number three. With a minute remaining A Bell played a great free kick out of defence to D Coyle, releasing J Holmes into the penalty box who unselfishly squared the ball to W Donaghy to tap in number four. Final score 4 – 1

This was a match that Cookstown made hard for themselves but an inspired tactical change at half time changing D Coyle to the left wing saw Cookstown run out worthy winners. A superb performance in the second half saw D Coyle awarded Man of the Match.

Team Panel C Reynolds, L Johnston, M Corrigan, P Stewart, A Bell, M Megarry, W Donaghy, C McGovern, J Glasgow, D Coyle, G McElhone, E Devlin, J Holmes, A Reid, D Teague.

Lurgan BB 0 CYFC 18s 2

Ramsey, Mills, Man of The Match : Jordan Douglas

CYFC U18s kept the recent good form up with a convincing 2- 0 win away to Lurgan.

The first chance of the match fell to Lurgan when Cookstown lost the ball from their own centre and the striker was put in but Kelly made a great tackle and cleared the danger. Cookstown then took control of the match for the next 25 minutes and played some of their best football this season. Dickson and Cohen were pulling the strings in mid field and with Ramsay and Mills making some great runs on both wings, Lurgan were finding it hard to get out of their own half.

Mills was a real hand full with his speed and put in some great balls for Maguire and Coyle.

Cookstown opened the scoring on 12 minutes when a good passing move found Coyle in the box and his neat lay back was finished in style by Mills. But on 15 minutes Ramsay scored his sides second with a stunning goal, he picked the ball up about 35 yards out on the left and spotted the keeper of his line and riffled his shot into the top corner with a fierce shot.

Cookstown then seemed to drop the level that they were playing at and Lurgan started to pressure and should have scored on 35 minutes, when a ball over the top found a player free but with just Rainey to beat his lob was wide. Rainey then pulled off two good saves just before half time.

The second half started off a bit scrappy with both teams having their fair share of the ball. Rainey was again called upon to make a save from long range and Douglas did well to clear his lines on a few occasions. Maguire had a snap shot on 55 minutes that did not trouble the keeper and then a good run and cross from Mills was well cleared by the home side.

Lurgan were still pushing in search of a goal but found the back 4 of Potter, Jordan, Douglas, and Kelly in good form and determined to keep a clean sheet for the 2nd week in a row. Kelso, McIvor and Gates all entered the fray and Dickson and Cohen again started to keep possession and their passing was much better. McIvor went on a good run and his cross found Kelso who headed over. Cohen then should have scored from a Potter corner but his header shaved the post and then Gates made room for himself inside the box but the defender made a good blocking tackle. Lurgan had the last chance of the game but that man Douglas who was outstanding all match cleared the danger.

Squad: M Rainey, A Jordan, J Leslie (B Potter 45), J Douglas, D Kelly, G Dickson, M Mills, E Coyle (G Kelso 60), O Maguire (S Gates 80), J Cohen, S Ramsay(J McIvor 65), K Hill,

M.O.M Jordan Douglas. Great match all round.

CYFC U-18’s play Glentoran next week away in the Irish Cup at the Danny Blanchflower stadium, KO 1.30pm.

Cookstown Youth FCs ever popular Development Centre continues at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena this Saturday 22nd October 2011 .

Players receive coaching from UEFA and IFA qualified coaches and , and who knows there could be a future star out there just waiting to burst through and play at the highest level.

Coaching commences at 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.

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

Players Track-Suits and Replica Playing kits along with Adult Bench Coats are available to order from any CYFC coach or by contacting the Development Centre Mobile on 07771195353. The track-suits and kits have to be ordered in and the closing date for the Christmas order is Saturday 29th October 2011.

Cookstown Youth FCs first fundraiser of the season will take the form of a BBQ , to be held in the Hockey Club on Saturday 5th November at 8pm. Tickets for this will be £10 each and these can be obtained from any CYFC coach or can be ordered by contacting the Development Centre Mobile.

Fundraisers are an important part of our Club and although the coaches are more than capable of organising them , it really takes the support of players families to make them a success. Without fundraisers CYFC would not exist and therefore hundreds of local kids would then miss out on their development at football and the benefits attached , so we would ask that these events be supported by all who have anyone involved with the Club or indeed anyone who has an interest in the future of the local game.

Fixtures For Saturday 22nd October 2011

Mid Ulster Youth League - Kick-off 10.30am

Warrenpoint v CYFC 11s Warrenpoint

Dungannon Utd Yth v CYFC 12s Dungannon Park

CYFC 13s v Banbridge Rangers MUSA

CYFC 15s v Midway Utd Fairhill

Under 14s National League

Kick-off 10.30am

CYFC v Tristar Boys FC Beechway

Mid Ulster Under 18s - Irish Cup- Kick-off 1.30pm

Glentoran v CYFC Danny Blanchflower Stadium