Cookstown Youth FC update

CYFC U11’s travelled to Lurgan for their second away game of the season with anticipation of a more resolute challenge than that of their two opening games.

Cookstown got off to a good start penetrating deep into the Lurgan defence, within the first four minutes the Lurgan keeper was called upon four times saving from Harry Wilson, Joel Dallas and captain Marlin.

Not to be out done another attack saw a floated ball from the wing find the head of David Wensley who headed home Cookstown’s opener. From the restart Cookstown pressurised Lurgan and won the ball back in midfield, again Joel Dallas and Donaghy penetrated deep into Lurgan territory and an excellent through ball saw Marlin away with the expected result beating the busy Lurgan keeper to make it two (0 -2). Spurred on from the side line and the shock of two early goals Lurgan made the most of an error an deservedly pulled a goal back. Cookstown restarted and within two minutes of Lurgan getting a foothold in the game were once again back in the centre circle with another marvellous worked goal finished by Jamie Marlin, just minutes after Joel Dallas forced another excellent save by Lurgan’s busy keeper. 1 - 3 at half time.

Once again the changes were introduced by the CYFC manager at half time, Stephen Black coming on for Campbell in goals, Lee Glasgow, Luke Patterson and Craig Bigger also made second half appearances. From the whistle Cookstown once again pressed every ball and Dallas worked with Dean Bigger to get away and finish with an excellent goal.

Marlin made most of a through ball worked out of midfield by Donaghy and converted for his second hat rick of the season to date.

A broken ball saw Joseph Donnelly get a well deserved goal having for most of the game tormented the Lurgan defence. A determined run saw Glasgow take on the defence and the goal came after the well struck shot wasn’t held by the keeper (0 - 7 ). Marlin took on the duties straight from the restart to make it eight his fourth goal in the game.

With just under ten minutes to go Wensley and Wilson were re-introduced, Dallas worked with Dean Bigger and got Dallas through for his second, later David Wensley was played through on goal, David held the ball and got it onto his left foot before a well flighted ball found the top corner his second. By this point Cookstown defence had little to do but were caught napping and a well worked through ball saw Lurgan pull another back to make in two for the home side ( 2 - 10 )

Two minutes before the final whistle Wensley once again found the net to score his third and Cookstown’s eleventh for the game. ( 2 - 11 )

Squad: J Campbell & S Black (GK’s), Dean Bigger, Robert McLean, William Kenning, Keelan Gault, Harry Wilson, Iarlaith Donaghy, Jamie Marlin (C) Joel Dallas, David Wensley, Joseph Donnelly. Subs: Lee Glasgow, Craig Bigger, Luke Patterson Man of the Match: Joel Dallas

CYFC wish to offer their deepest sympathy to the Mullan family on their recent bereavement.


Craigavon City U12 0

Cookstown Yth U12 7

The game began in a scrappy fashion and all the chances were falling to the visitors. Mark Cochrane chipped the keeper but it sailed over the bar and then Tom Black gave his team the lead as he slotted past the keeper in clinical fashion.

Tyler Anderson then saw his effort squeeze past the keeper and just cross the line to double the scoreline. Sam Hardy scored an excellent goal as his strike flew in off the bar and then when Tom Black was fouled inside the box Sam Hardy coolly slotted beyond the helpless keeper. The second half was completely one way traffic but Cookstown could not apply the final touch to their dominant play.

Nathan Connolly finally made the breakthrough with a delicate flick to beat the keeper and then Matthew Scott lobbed the keeper to make it 6-0. Kealum Irvine hit a dipping effort which the keeper done brilliantly to avert, Matthew Scott hit the bar and Sam Hardy had an excellent volley saved by the keeper. Nathan Connolly wrapped it up with a terrific turn and finish. Credit must got to the for keeping the score respectable. Nathan Connolly and Kealum Irvine shared the man of the match award. Cookstown have began their season well but face a huge test this Saturday as they host Armagh City at MUSA (10 30).

CYFC U12: Matty Glendinning, Jack Turkington, Robert Turkington, Ryan Murphy, Tyler Anderson, Matthew Scott, Nathan Connolly, Sam Hardy, Kealum Irvine, Tom Black, Mark Cochrane, Mark Espie, Jake Crooks

Double strikes from foward duo Stevie Arrell and Ronan Hughes helped CYFC 13s to their third win in three in the Mid Ulster Youth League , against Guildford Crusaders at MUSA last Saturday.

Cookstown went into this game full of confidence after a great start to the League campaign although they knew little or nothing about their opponents. After two minutes on the clock a cheeky flick from Hughes sent his partner Arrell through on goal and he didn’t disappoint with a great finish to put the home team 1 up.

The CYFC celebrations were short lived as a plucky Guildford came straight back at them with a goal to bring it level again. Jamie McCrum and Ryan Dobson were outstanding at the back and were able to snuff out out any Guildford threat and at the same time feed Michael Stewart and Adam Keane, who kept the pressure on the visitors.

After great work from Cameron Thom, Keane and Jack Dingley , Hughes rounded two defenders and lobbed the oncoming keeper to put Cookstown 2 1 up.

After some scrappy play in the middle of the park, Thom managed to place a nice ball onto Dobsons foot only for Dobbo to be upended in the box for a Cookstown penalty which Hughes slotted nicely in the bottom right hand corner of the net for his second and Cookstown’s third. The game ebbed and flowed for a while and both teams battled for possession but as Guildford threatened inside the home teams box two of their players went for the same ball resulting in one of them going down and to the amazement of everyone ,the ref awarded them a penalty which they duly scored to make it 3 2.

The second half was much the same as the first with both teams looking for the breakthrough on goal, and it soon came for Cookstown as their striking maestro Arrell received the ball from McCrum , turned on a sixpence and drilled a great shot into the net to put his team 4 2 up. Coaches Kelly , O’Hare and Wilson started making changes with Gareth McCrea ,Kyle Devlin ,Luke McCrea ,Conor Donnelly and Caleb Buchannon all coming on and before long Luke McCrea was on the scoresheet after a great run and cross from Dodson.

Two minutes later Devlin pounced on a defensive mistake to round the keeper and score the final goal to take the score at full time to 6 2.

This was yet another great performance from the 13s and coaches Andy Kelly , Stevie O’Hare and Mark Wilson had nothing other than praise for their team after the game.

Team : Ben Young , Jamie McCrum , Matthew Kelly , Stefan O’Hare , Cameron Thom , Ryan Dobson , Michael Stewart , Jack Dingley , Adam Keane ( Capt ) , Stevie Arrell , Ronan Hughes. Subs : Gareth McCrea , Kyle Devlin , Luke McCrea , Conor Donnelly , Caleb Buchannon.

Cookstown Youth U14 entertained Warrenpoint at Beechway on Saturday past in their latest National league game. This was a game that could go a long way to shaping the season especially following last weeks disappointing defeat away to Portadown.

The game started with both teams setting out their stall. Cookstown settled well and pushed on a number of occasions but their final ball was a let down.

The game was a very tight affair with the Cookstown back four of James Larmour, Gary Adams, Joshua Adams and Lee Hutchinson dealing very well with the Warrenpoint advances.

The second half started were the game had left off with McAdoo making way for Donnelly in midfield. Warrenpoint had a shot just wide and then their forward latched onto a loose ball squeezed past the defenders to the by-line and somehow found the back of the net past two defenders and the keeper Matthew Wensley.

McAdoo was reintroduced for Johnston taking a more familiar role up front. Within two minutes Cookstown were right back into it when a ball down the left found McAdoo who fired the ball into the box and Parkinson fired home to equalise. Cookstown were now on a roll and a through ball by Kilpatrick saw Graham’s shot save by the keeper. A ball through by Parkinson found Graham in a similar position and he made no mistake this time firing the ball home to put Cookstown 2-1 up.

Warrenpoint were now rattled but continued to work hard which was matched by Cookstown. Cookstown continued to press and a fantastic through ball by Kilpatrick to McAdoo saw McAdoo turn his defender and fire home to leave Cookstown 3-1 up. Towards the end Donnelly made way for Rian McWilliams who slotted into the left of midfield with Coney moving across to centre.

Stevie Star was over the moon with the result as were Noel McKenzie and Rodney Hutchinson. A great all round team performance and one which can bring some belief back to the boy’s

This result now leaves Cookstown top of the league on goal difference from Institute.

Check for league fixtures/results and progress.

Men of the match: - Larmour, G Adams, J Adams and Hutchinson

Sunnyside under 15s 2

Cookstown Youth under 15s 8

Cookstown took the field to play Sunnyside at Kernan Park and got off to the perfect start when Jamie Holmes side footed home the opener on 5 minutes after good work down the right by William Donaghy and Conor McGovern.

A minute later Dean Teague fed Jamie Holmes down the left wing and he fired in a cross/come shot which sailed over the head of the Sunnyside keeper to make it 2 nil. 2 minutes later Mark Megarry started a 4 man move involving Lee Johnstown, William Donaghy and Conor McGovern, resulting in C McGovern firing in number 3 off the far post.

It was a dream start for the Cookstown lads and they piled the pressure on a shell shocked Sunnyside defence. With 10 minutes gone Mark Megarry played another great cross field pass releasing Conor McGovern into the penalty box and he calmly stroked home his second and Cookstown’s 4th.

Cookstown were not content to rest on their laurels and Mark Megarry went close with a free kick and Jamie Holmes almost secured his hat trick with a fine effort saved by the Sunnyside keeper. On 25 minutes Mark Megarry linked up with William Donaghy who delivered a defence splitting pass to Conor McGovern who slipped his defender and nailed his hat trick.Sunnyside then had a spell of pressure 5 minutes before half time but the Cookstown defence of Dylon Coyle, Martin Corrigan, Lee Johnstown and Paul Stewart kept their composure and Sunnyside forwards at bay and reached half time leading 5 nil.

Compared to the explosive start to the first the start of the second half was a bit of an anti climax. After 4 minutes Conor McGovern split the Sunnyside defence again and Dean Teague just failed to get on the end of his pass. Jamie Holmes then had a good shot saved by the keeper as he tried to close out his hat trick. Conor McGovern then missed a header when it was easier to score and fired into the side netting a minute later.

Frustration was creeping in as Cookstown failed to add to their first half tally and Sunnyside took advantage scoring 2 quick goals.

Some verbal encouragement from the management team on the side line had the desired effect and Cookstown found their stride again. Paul Stewart moved up out of defence and lobbed the Sunnyside keeper to make it 6 – 2. Conor McGovern and William Donaghy both went close before Jamie Holmes latched on to a Dean Teague through ball to finally get his hat trick and Cookstowns 7th.

Several substitutions were made at this stage and Samuel Taylor with literally his first touch of the ball scored Cookstown’s 8th with a fine low shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Final score Sunnyside 2 Cookstown 8. MOM Hat trick hero Conor McGovern

Team Panel C Reynolds, L Johnston, M Corrigan, P Stewart, D Coyle, M Megarry, W Donaghy, J Holmes, C McGovern, D Teague, G McElhone, W McCullagh, P Ward, D O’Neill, S Taylor, C McIvor.

Cookstown Youth U18s 3

Windmill Stars 3

CYFC took a share of the points after a very poor performance at the Arena last Saturday against Newry side Windmill.

In a scrappy opening ten minutes, both teams struggled to play any good football on a perfect pitch, but it was the home team that had the 1st opening. Kelly’s high ball over the top found Maguire who held of the defender and his shot was well saved by the away keeper.

Windmill took the lead on 17 mins when they cut open the home teams defence with a neat 1, 2 which left the striker free to score past Greer in the home goal. Ramsay then forced the keeper into a good save on 20 minutes from a 20 yard free kick.

From the resulting corner the home team drew level when Cohen’s good in-swinging corner, which the keeper made a mess of, found the back of the net. From the home teams next attack, a Cohen shot from 25 yards out, was destined for the top corner but this time the keeper made a great stop. The home team took the lead on 25 minutes from a well worked Ramsay corner, which this time fell to Coyle at the back post who made no mistake to score.

It was 3 -1 on 30 minutes, when a good passing move started when Cohen found Ramsay inside the 6 yard box who very unselfishly set up Maguire to score.

The home team was lucky to keep their lead after a mistake from Leslie and then Kelso let in the striker but his effort was wide.

Rainey replaced Greer at half time and it was the Newry side that was on the attack first when their striker who was a handful all day was given too much time and room to turn and got a shot away which Rainey did well to save.

Windmill kept the home team pinned in their own half and when Leslie failed to clear his lines a corner was conceded which the away team scored from after shocking marking let in the player to score from close in.

Windmill drew level on the 64th minute from another corner that again the home team defended badly and left a player free to score with ease. Jordan & Gates replaced Leslie & Dickson on 70 minutes and the local lads were finally playing with a lot more urgency and taking the match to Windmill who had been lacking for most of the match and it was Ramsay and Coyle that were the main threat on both wings.

In the last five minutes the home team had a number of chances to take the lead again, the best of these came from a Ramsey cross that found Gates who laid the ball of to Maguire but his shot was high and wide.

Team. R Greer(45 M Rainey), A Glasgow, J Leslie(70 A Jordan ), J Douglas, G Kelso, G Dickson(70 S Gates), E Coyle , D Kelly, O Maguire, J Cohen, S Ramsay, J McIvor, G Stewart

M.O.M Stephen Ramsay

Niall Hunter said afterwards. ‘That was our worst performance as a team all season. Too many lads did not show up and were very poor. On a positive note to play that bad and get a point is great. We have played teams of the park this season more than once and finished with nothing so if I look at it like that its good. But its very frustrating when you know that was more points dropped at home.

Cookstown Youths ever popular Development Centre continues at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena this Saturday 1st October 2011 . 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.

Over one hundred and twenty kids took part in the sessions and Manager Kyra Kelly and her asisstant Gary Stewart would like to thank the players for taking part and the coaches for giving up their free time to make the Development Centre happen. Coaching sessions continue now for the next ten weeks and the cost is £25 for the next ten weeks or £3 per session, which can be paid when players register next Saturday.

Players 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.

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 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

Congratulations to ex CYFC coach Janusz Piecha on gaining his UEFA A Licence recently. Everyone at Cookstown Youth FC wish Janusz all the very best for the future wherever that may be .

Mid Ulster Youth League- Kick-off 10.30am

Dungannon Colts v CYFC 11s Dungannon

CYFC 12s v Armagh City MUSA

Banbridge Juniors v CYFC 13s Guildford

CYFC 15s v Dungannon Youth Beechway

Under 14s National League- Kick-off 10.30am

Tristar Boys FC v CYFC Londonderry

Mid Ulster Under 18s League

Kick-off 10am

CYFC v St Marys Portadown