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The victorious Cookstown U13s who defeated Dungannon Youth in the MUYL League Cup final at Gordon Playing Fields
The victorious Cookstown U13s who defeated Dungannon Youth in the MUYL League Cup final at Gordon Playing Fields

CYFC 11s 2

Coleraine 4

Scorers: J. Dallas, I. Donaghy

MOM S. Murphy, R. McLean

LAST Saturday the new batch joined the U12s and U13s in a triple bill of Mid-Ulster League cup finals at Gordon Playing Fields in Lurgan which was a great achievement for Cookstown Youth as a club.

On paper the U11s probably had the hardest task in trying to overcome one of the best teams for this age group in the land who won every game as runaway Mid-Ulster League champions and reached the NI Cup quarter finals.

Unfortunately Keelan Gault failed a fitness test just before kick off with manager Gerry Quinn forced into a re-jig of players. True to form Coleraine raced into a 1-0 lead after eight minutes when Cookstown failed on two attempts to clear their area with Coleraine’s striker driving past Stephen Black in goal from close range.

Cookstown gathered themselves after that poor opening goal with Iairlaith Donaghy, Shane Murphy and Craig Bigger testing Coleraine’s over confident keeper. Coleraine’s height and strength in midfield tested Cookstown to the limit.

Black in goal had to make several brilliant saves to keep the Sizzlers in the game, but this continued pressure delivered Coleraine’s second on fifteen minutes after another Cookstown error. To their credit Cookstown’s midfield of Murphy, Donaghy, Marlin and Luke Patterson began to win the 50-50 balls and push Coleraine back.

In the back line Patterson, Kenning, McLean and Bigger pulled together bravely fighting for every ball. A driven free kick then saw Dallas sweep home a wonderful shot into the bottom right hand corner of the Coleraine net to stun the Bannsiders on twenty minutes.

But all that good work went to waste when Cookstown again gifted a soft goal from a Coleraine corner just minutes before the half time whistle.

At half time the injured Black was replaced by Jamie Campbell in goal who made several good saves from the off. Ten minutes into the second half a speculative forty yard drive from Donaghy bounced straight over the Coleraine keeper to leave the game at 3-2.

The Coleraine keeper had to make a good save from Donnelly as he stole in at the back post from fifteen yards out. Unfortunately the most controversial moments of the game came with Cookstown on top. An obvious handball just outside the Cookstown area was missed by the referee before Coleraine were awarded a controversial penalty. The Coleraine captain stepped up to score his team’s fourth of the game as the Cookstown players, managers and parents looked on with despair as the game slipped away.

A wonderful team performance full of work rate, endeavour and no little skill from the young Sizzlers who ran Coleraine very close on the day in a game that could have went to any side until the referee’s intervention.

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

CYFC 12s 3

Windmill Stars 5 (AET)

COOKSTOWN came into the game as underdogs but they were prepared to give their all against their Newry counterparts.

The Cookstown lads got off to a cracking start. Cochrane fired past the keeper with a strong right footed effort.

Cookstown soon grabbed a second when Tom Black slotted home with a left footed effort.

Windmill pulled a goal back just before the break when they converted from a superb cross. The Newry outfit soon found themselves level when they punished some sloppy Cookstown defending and slotted past Glendinning.

Extra time was needed to break the deadlock and the Newry outfit took advantage of Cookstown’s weakness in the air as they scored two headed goals. Cookstown responded superbly as Mark Cochrane hammered home a tremendous free kick from 25 yards out.

Windmill sealed the win with a fifth goal only moments later to leave the final score 5-3.

Cookstown manager Nigel Talbot was delighted with how far his side had come but admitted he was disappointed to surrender a 2-0 lead. Congratulations to Windmill on their success.

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

CYFC 13s 2

Dungannon Utd Yth 1

AN Adam Keane tap-in and a fabulous finish from Stevie Arrell, was enough to help CYFC 13s defeat neighbours Dungannon Utd Youth at Gordan Playing Fields in Lurgan, in the Mid Ulster Youth League Knock-out Cup Final.

It would be unfair to single out any one player from the Cookstown team as each and every one of them put in a great performance after going 1-0 down in the first half. Keane brought the score level after he picked the ball up and tapped in from six yards.

At half time the Cookstown Coaches Kelly, O’Hare and Wilson praised their players and told them the game was there for the taking.

The second half saw both teams create chances but the breakthrough came when Stevie Arrell picked the ball up on the left hand side and from fifteen yards unleashed an unstoppable shot to put his team 2-1 up , which is the way it stayed until the final whistle. There were great scenes of jubilation from the players, coaches and the big travelling support.

Manager Andy Kelly stated after the game, “The boys deserved this win today against a good Dungannon side who they have only managed to draw with this season. Any Cup Final win is sweet but a derby Cup Final win is the sweetest of all.”

Tullyallen 0

CYFC 15s 10

COOKSTOWN took the field to play Tullyvallen at Newtownhamilton in a league cup tie. Cookstown ran out winners with a facile 10 nil score line.

The opening goal came within 2 minutes when W Donaghy fired in a low corner and C McGovern slipped the ball in at the near post. It was 2 nil a minute later when W Donaghy drilled a great midfield pass out to S Taylor on the right wing and his low cross into the box saw C McGovern on hand to drill home no 2.

With 10 minutes gone a great passing movement involving W Donaghy, S Taylor, D O’Neill and J Glasgow set up G McElhone to shoot home no 3. It was all Cookstown and on 15 minutes W Donaghy took a quick short corner to D O’Neill who rifled home a great shot into the top left hand corner of the net to make it 4 and the match was over as a contest. Cookstown kept going forward and P Stewart and W Donaghy combined to release C McGovern into the penalty box and his pass along the goal line was tapped in by J Glasgow to make it 5.

Tullyvallen mounted their first serious attack on 25 minutes but a long range shot was watched safely over the bar by goalie C Reynolds. Cookstown countered and another corner by W Donaghy found J Glasgow who fired in no 6. Right on half time another beautiful in swinging corner by W Donaghy sailed directly into the far right hand corner of the net to leave the half time score 7 nil to Cookstown.

Five minutes into the second half M Corrigan and C McGovern combined to set up J Glasgow to score his hat trick and Cookstowns 8th. Tullyvallen to their credit came back at Cookstown and goalie C Reynolds and defenders A Bell and M Corrigan had to be alert on several occasions to prevent Tullyvallen getting a consolation goal.

With 7 minutes remaining C McGovern had a chance to get his hat trick from the penalty spot but dragged his shot wide. J Glasgow and C McGovern then freed G McElhone on the left side of the penalty box and he scored his second and Cookstowns 9th. C McGovern then had the last word as he rounded off his hat trick and Cookstowns 10th.

MOM Adam Bell. This was an easy victory for Cookstown who rested 3 key players M Megarry, W Donaghy and P Stewart in the second half as they had Milk cup trials the following day. Nevertheless the replacements E Santos, C McIvor, W McCullagh and G McElhone and D O’Neill who both scored acquitted themselves very well.

Team Panel C Reynolds, A Bell, S Taylor, M Corrigan, P Stewart, McElhone, D O’Neill, E Santos, G McIvor, M Megarry, W Donaghy, W McCullagh, J Glasgow, C McGovern, W Tavares.

Banbridge Rangers 1

Cookstown Youth U18s 5

(D Kelly 3, E Corcoran, G Kelso )

CYFC U18s recorded a good away win last Saturday when the easily beat Banbridge Rangers after a tight 1st half.

Dickson played in Kelly for the 1st chance of the half but on 5 minutes but the strikers shot was wide of the mark.

The home team took the lead on 24 minutes when the left winger beat Dickson and Jordan when great bit of skill and crossed to the home forward who made no mistake from 5 yards out this time. Cookstown hit straight back from the kick off when Cohen found Gates on the right and his great cross found Kelly who’s shot was tipped onto the post by the home keeper and the ball cleared for a corner.

Cookstown drew level on 32 minutes when Kelly picked the ball up 25 yards out and quickly turned his marker and drilled a low shot that looked to go under the keeper legs and into the net.

Cookstown finished the firt half strongly and started where they left off in the second with Corcoran winning the ball back from the kick off and put in Kelly but once more with just the keeper to beat but a poor chip was easily saved. And the local lads went ahead on 55 minutes when Cohen picked out Kelso with a pinpoint cross and the big defender made no mistake from 6 yards out.

Thom replaced McIvor and 57 minutes Kelly scored his second when again he picked the ball up 30 yards out and drilled another low shot that the home keeper made a mess off to put Cookstown 3-1 up. Corcoran then added a fourth when he followed up a Gates header that was blocked on the line.

Hill, Stewart, R Greer and O’Neill were all introduced and the away team kept the pressure on. On 75 minutes Cohen put Greer in and the big striker ran clear of his marker but his powerful shot was well saved by the home keeper.

Kelly then added number five when again he was put in one on one with the keeper but this time he made no mistake, chipping the keeper for his hat rick. In the final 10 minutes Corcoran, Greer, Gates, Leslie and Kelly all had good chances to add more to final score but could not find the back of the net to leave the final score 5-1.

Team: M Rainey (K Hill 60), G Dickson, J Leslie, A Jordan (R Greer 70), G Kelso, S Gates, J McIvor (G Thom 55), E Corcoran, D Kelly, J Cohen(P O’Neill 80), M Greer (G Stewart 60)

The U18s are away to St Marys in the 1st round of the Knock out Cup next Saturday in Portadown.

The U18s list of long term injuries got longer when in a mid week match away to Ballinamallard Stephen Ramsay was on the receiving end of tackle that ended with a visit to the hospital. Stephen ended up in a cast for a week and has very bad ligament and tendon damage. Stephen could join Jordan Douglas and Adam Glasgow both already out for the rest of this season and he might not kick another ball this season.

Mickey Mills who also picked up an injury in the same match will also be sidelined for a few weeks. All at CYFC wish Stephen and Mickey a speedy recovery.

Cookstown Youth FCs Development Centre continues this Saturday 28th April @ Mid Ulster Sports Arena.

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 5 years 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.