COOKSTOWN Youth U14 side started their National League campaign on Wednesday 31st August. Their opening match was at home to Ballymoney United.
The game got under way with Cookstown making all the play but progress was slow. This could be understandable due to this being their first league game and nerves were perhaps playing a part.
On ten minutes Cookstown received a free kick some twenty five yards out. Patrick Coney stepped up and fired it into the top left hand corner to put his side 1-0 up.
The half then played out with Cookstown on top but failing to add to their score with a number of off sides and some good goalkeeping in the Ballymoney goals.
The Cookstown back four of Sloan, G Adams, Hutchinson and Donnelly were never in any real trouble. Scott and Coney tormented the Ballymoney back four but through balls to Graham and Corcoran seemed to just fail to get through.
A good chat at half time by Coaches McKenzie and Hutchinson seemed to put a few things right and Cookstown started the second half with a renewed tempo.
Some eight minutes into the second half a move between Donnelly, J Adams and Scott put Graham away to score. A short time later McAdoo put Graham through to make the score 3-0.
From the restart Ballymoney gained a free kick which was dispatched into the box. Wensley failed to hold onto it and the Ballymoney forward took the advantage to pull one back.
Cookstown continued to press with some good play and at times poor play but Parkinson scored a volley from twelve yards and Graham rounded to keeper after a through ball form Scott to complete his hatrick and leaving the final score 5-1.
Coaches Hutchinson and McKenzie were happy with the result and in particular some individual performances.
Wensley, Sloan, G Adams, Hutchinson, Donnelly, Kilpatrick, J Adams, Scott, Coney, Graham, Corcoran. Parkinson, Johnston, McWilliams, McAdoo
Man of match – Kieffer Scott.
UNDER 14s National League
Wed 31st August
CYFC 5 Ballymoney Utd 1
Man of The Match : Kieffer Scott
CYFC U14’s pay price for poor performance.
Cookstown U14’s made the long trip to Londonderry to play Foyle Harps last Saturday. Still full of confidence from their match against Ballymoney the lad’s were looking forward to this despite the early start.
The game was played on a rather compact pitch with no width but didn’t seem to concern the lad’s or coaching staff.
The game started well with Cookstown making some chances as did Foyle Harps but Cookstown seemed to be the more comfortable. On ten minutes J Adams turned the defender and Corcoran saw his shot smothered by the keeper before McAdoo slotted home to put Cookstown 1-0 up. Wensley was called into action soon after but held the ball well from the resulting shot.
Cookstown then seemed to dip and nothing was going their way/ Their positioning and passing was poor although they had a glorious chance to go 2-0 up from a corner but instead found themselves chasing back and as the Harps equalised. Soon after Harps had another chance which saw Wensley turning the ball round the post as the Harp’s staff and supporters were celebrating.
Half time saw a breakdown of the first half performance.
The second half was very much like the first and within give minutes of the restart Cookstown were 2-1 up thanks to Parkinson. Cookstown continued to create chances but it still seemed a lacklustre performance from the majority of the team.
Cookstown continue to press and saw a great double save from the Harps keeper following efforts from J Adams and Graham.
On fifty two minutes a poor decision by the ref saw Harps equalise once again after some very poor defending and the back four failing to clear their lines.
Thing only got worse from then on in and Cookstown were second to everything. With twelve minutes to go a move similar to Harps (throw in on the left) saw another blunder by the referee and once again some very poor defending saw Harps score to go 3-2 up.
Despite twelve minutes left Cookstown seemed to have run out of energy and although created some chances their keeper was equal to it and their sweeper was missing very little.
The final score finished 3-2.
Coaches Hunter, McKenzie and Hutchinson were very disappointed with the performance.
“This was a very poor performance from a team that is capable of much more” said Stevie.
McKenzie added that “despite some refereeing blunders it doesn’t excuse the performance which was very lacklustre.” Hutch added that “on the whole we were poor but still created more chances, the difference being that Foyle Harps took advantage of theirs.”
Wensley, Larmour, G Adams, Hutchinson, Donnelly, Kilpatrick, J Adams, McAdoo, Scott, Graham, Corcoran. McWilliams, Parkinson, Johnston, Glasgow, Sloan.
No MOM but Parkinson and Larmour worthy of note.
Saturday 3rd September 2011
Under 14s National League
Foyle Harps 3 CYFC 2
Rockview U18s 3 Cookstown Youth FC U18s 3
CYFC U18s played their second match of the season when they took on Newry side Rockview with both teams getting their 1st points of the season after a three all draw.
It was all Cookstown in the opening minutes and on two minutes Eoin Coyle should have opened the scoring for the away team when he sliced through the defence, but with only the keeper to beat he put his shot just wide.
Coyle then supplied the cross for Maguire who fluffed his shot from eight yards out and the danger was cleared. CYFC continued to pressure the home defence in search of the opening goal with Kelly, Ramsay and Cohan all having good opportunities, but their shooting was woeful with the home keeper happy to see all going wide and high of the mark.
Cookstown continued to pressure with Corcoran in total dominance in the midfield but as the half wore on the local lads got more and more frustrated and the home team looked to be growing in confidence and with their second attack of the match the took the lead. Dickson was caught out off position at left back and the resulting cross was headed home to put Rockview one up.
The home side now started to come more into the match and Hill had to pull of a few good saves to keep the score at one. The local lads kept creating chances for themselves but again were very wasteful in front of goal with Ramsay, Maguire and Cohen all guilty of missing the target and mistiming their shots.
Finally with five minutes to go, Cookstown got their goal when Coyle crossed to Ramsay at the back post and at the second attempt he bundled the ball over the line to draw level. Both teams had a few chances to score before the break but shots were 1st again wasteful in front of goal.
Leslie replaced Glasgow at half time and Cookstown got off to a terrible start in the second half when the home team scored two quick goals. The first coming on fifty mins, with Cookstown on the attack, a long clearance caught the local lads defence playing too high a line and the striker was able to lob the on-rushing Hill.
The second and Rockviews third came a few minutes later when again with Cookstown on the attack the home team countered and a cross from the right was put away by the striker. CYFC kept creating chances but were now finding a very determined Rockview team that were working very hard to keep their lead in tack as they closed down every shot on target, and when they did not get the block in, the shots were either too poor or of the mark once more.
On seventy minutes right back Dickson was replaced by McIvor as Cookstown pushed more and more players up front. With ten minutes to go Coyle got a goal back from a good Ramsay corner to leave a tense final ten minutes.
A Leslie pass found Maguire in the box, and his brave shot, as he collided with the keeper, bounced off the cross bar but Maguire was out cold after the collision with the keeper and the game was stopped for ten minutes.
Simon Gates replaced Maguire and it was Gates who played a vital part in Cookstown scoring the equaliser when a long ball into the box was well controlled by him and his great lay off give Ramsay a much easier shot that found the top corner to bring the scores level.
The local lads pushed for all the points now but the home team held out for a share of the points and were much the happier team at the final whistle, than CYFC who know this was points dropped rather than a point salvaged.
K Hill, A Glasgow(J Leslie 45), G Dickson(J McIvor 70), J Douglas, G Kelso, D Kelly, E Coyle, E Corcoran, O Maguire(S Gates 80), J Cohen, S Ramsay, M Rainey, R Greer, A Jordan, G Stewart,
M.O.M: Eddie Corcoran. Ran the midfield should have had a hat-trick of headed goals.
Mid Ulster Under 18s League
Rockview 3 CYFC 3
Man of The Match : Eddie Corcoran
The Board , Committee and coaching staff of Cookstown Youth FC wish all their Mid Ulster Youth League teams all the very best as the League kicks off this Saturday and lets hope along with the Under 14s National League and Under 18s League , we have a successful season !
Cookstown Youth FCs ever popular Development Centre will commence again on Saturday 17th September 2011 at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena . As a club we rate our Development Centre as the foundation for future teams who compete , and compete very well in the Mid Ulster Youth League and National League.
Manager Kyra Kelly and her assistant Gary Stewart along with their coaches are keen to attract any player , regardless of ability , Male or Female to come along and develop any skills they may have.
Kids will receive coaching from UEFA and IFA qualified coaches and get exercise and fresh air which will stand them in good stead for the future , and who knows there could be a future star out there just waiting to burst through and play at the highest level.
For any queries or concerns please contact the CYFC Dev. Centre mobile on 07771195353
Wednesday 7th September 2011
Under 14s National League
CYFC v Trojans Beechway
Saturday 10th September 2011
Mid Ulster Youth League
Portadown v CYFC 11s Kernan
Portadown v CYFC 12s Kernan
Seagoe Yth v CYFC 13s Kernan
CYFC 15s v Tullyvallen Rangers MUSA
Under 14s National League
CYFC v Coleraine Beechway
Mid Ulster Under 18s League
CYFC v Craigavon City MUSA