Cookstown Youth Football Club

COOKSTOWN youth football club results: CYFC 11s 4 Dungannon Utd Yth 2; CYFC 11s Colts 3 Dungannon Utd Yth Colts 3; Ballymena Utd 4 CYFC 12s 1; CYFC 13s 5 Institute 0; Ballymoney Utd 2 CYFC 14s 2; Carninny Yth 3 CYFC 15s 1; CYFC 16s 3 Northend Utd 0CYFC 18s NO GAME

Cookstown Youth Colts 3 Dungannons Colts 3

A very positive result for first league game of the season.

Cookstown started well with lots of possession and went one nil up with a great

goal by Niall Bradley. Ryan McMenemy made a great save before Dungannon pulled a goal back. Cookstown continued to put pressure on the Dungannon defence before niall

bradley scored a deflected shot to make it 2-1 at half time.

Cookstown started well again in second half when Charlie Acheson had a good turn to beat his man to score to go 3-1 up. Dungannon got a 2nd goal and quite quickly got there equaliser to level the game 3-3.

The coaching team of Mark , Biggars , Barry and Jonny are very impressed with the colts. Man of The Match : Joshua Turkington.

Team: Ryan Mcmenemy, Luke Anderson, Joshua Turkington, Sami Junk, Callum O’Neill, Jack Patterson, Jeimi Muldoon, Niall Bradley, Charlie Acheson, Jamie Fox, Jonah Laughlin, Nathan Bartley.

Cookstown Youth 4 V Dungannon Youth 2

The first league game against Dungannon started slowly withboth sides having there chances, but it was dungannon whotook the lead after 15 min.

Cookstown then found another gear and pushed dungannon,

until zach ferson equalized just before half time with a great


The second half proved to be a flurry of attacks from the Cookstown

side seeing zach ferson score his second and Terry Devlin score the

third with a peach of a goal.

Peter bell then took a run from the half way line to cooly slot in his first

goal of the season.

Cookstown’s defence of Sean Monaghan , Mark Carleton, Paul Monaghan

were solid throughout the game working well together and with Eoghan

donnelly cookstowns keeper .

A great result from a great team effort by all the boys involved.

Man of match : Nathan Murray

Team: Eoghan Donnelly , Sean Monaghan, Mark Carleton, Paul Monaghan,

Eunan O’Nneill, Peter Bell, Zach Ferson, Nathan Murray, Terry Devlin, Stewart Wylie,

Joshua Glendinning.

CYFC U12’s 1 Ballymena 4

(scorer Joseph Donnelly)

Last Saturday the u12’s travelled to Lisburn to play Ballymena in their third fixture in the Lisburn League after consecutive defeats to Portadown and Shankill Boys. Despite the early morning kick off the Cookstown lads started brightly against a quick and effective Ballymena side. Robert McLean was unfortunate to see a strong header glide past the far post from a succession of great corners from Shane Murphy. But it was Ballymena who stuck first after a quick break down Cookstown’s left side, the Ballymena striker slamming home from fifteen yards. A bit of nervousness crept in and it wasn’t long before Ballymena were two goals to the good when the Cookstown defence failed to clear the danger at the first opportunity. Into the second half playing down the slope it was all Cookstown for fifteen minutes with Joseph Donnelly combining with fellow striker Luke Patterson. Donnelly swivelled wonderfully just inside the box past two defenders to slot home Cookstown’s first goal of the game and first in the Lisburn League. Luke Patterson then went close before Shane Murphy blasted over the bar with the Ballymena goal at his mercy. Jamie Marlin then stepped inside to drive agonizingly over the bar. Unfortunately at this level you must take your chances when they come a begging and it was Ballymena who plundered two goals with two late chances before the final whistle. Despite the score line the Cookstown lads showed great improvement in terms of passing, communication and creation of chances on goal. If the boys continue to improve their fitness, concentration and technique week by week it shouldn’t be long before they register their first win the Lisburn League.

TEAM: S.Black, J. Campbell, B. Patterson, R. Mullan, R. McLean, W. Kenning, D. Bigger, C. Bigger, T. Mackle, J. Marlin, L. Glasgow, S. Murphy, H. Wilson, J. Donnelly, L. Patterson, A. Hailing.

McFarland the hero for U13

Cookstown Youth U13 5 YOUTH U13 -5

Institute U13 - 0

Cookstown made a brilliant start to the game as Marty McCracken pulled the ball back and Ryan McFarland hammered it into the far corner. Moments later it was 2-0 following a scramble Ryan McFarland coolly found the target again.

A superb cross from Tom Black almost set up a third goal but it came soon after with Sam Hardy curling a free kick in off the bar. It was 4-0 at half time with overlapping Jack Turkington setting up Sam Hardy this time for a simple finish.

The second half was much more even with Cookstown keeper Matthew Glendinning called into action on several occasions, Cookstown added one more goal to their tally with Ryan McFarland speeding past several opponents and slotting superably past the keeper to complete a stunning hattrick.

A good opening to their National League campaign and it will get much tougher in the weeks to follow. Cookstown man of the match was centre half Ryan Murphy with solid display.

CYFC U13: Matty Glendinning, Jack Turkington, Kaelum Irvine, Ryan Murphy, Tyler Anderson, Robert Turkington, Nathoan Connolly, Sam Hardy, Ryan McFarland, Tom Black, Marty McCracken, Mark Espie, Jordan Scott, Jake Crooks.

Cookstown travelled to ballymoney on Saturday hoping to gain their first points of the season following last week’s frustrating loss to Ballymena. The team had the same personnel as the week before but they started slowly and Ballymoney should have scored within the first minute, a defensive error gifted the forward with an open goal and he somehow managed to miss the opportunity. This still struggled to stir a sleepy Cookstown team and the goal came after 15 minutes when the forward was given too much time inside the box and with a fine finish across the keeper Ballymoney were 1 up. Now Cookstown came alive, the midfield four of Dobson, Keane, Dingley and Stewart began to dictate the pace of the game and created chances for Hughes and Arrell who, like last week, did everything but score. With the roll on, roll off substitute system in place Devlin was given a chance earlier than expected but it was he who brought the teams level. A fine corner from Arrell was headed on by McCrum and volleyed brilliantly well by Devlin into the bottom corner to make it 1 a piece at the half. The coaches were adamant a victory was possible, the enthusiasm and hard working nature of this new look Cookstown team was plain for all to see. Matthew Kelly replaced the steady Ryan Rocks at half time in a tactical change while Jack Dingley was replaced by a more defensive minded Caleb Buchanon. Immediately this offered Cookstown a different approach to the game and within 3 minutes of the restart they were ahead. Again it was the tireless running of Hughes who created the chance and it was left to Devlin to fire past the helpless keeper to give the Cookstown a deserved lead. The defence of O’Hare, Kelly, McCrum and Thom were outstanding, in particular the least two names who offered both a solid defensive and attacking option. However the referee awarded a soft penalty against Cookstown for a handball but Ben Young stood tall and saved the penalty, much to he delight of the coaches and players alike. With 15 minutes to play though, Ballymoney did get their equaliser after a mistake at the back but considering how well the back 5 had played it was quickly forgotten and the match was well and truly on. Luke McCrea and Conor Donnelly came on to try and grab that winning goal, the latter having a shot well saved by the home keeper. Neither team could muster the winner and in the end both will feel like they could and probably should have won all three points.

Squad: Young, Thom, McCrum, Rocks, O’Hare, Dobson, Keane, Dingley, Stewart, Arrell, Hughes, Kelly, Donnelly, McCrea, Devlin, Buchanon

Man of the match this week again was Ryan Dobson. Another brilliant performance from Ryan kept Cameron Thom and Jamie McCrum just behind him in the ratings for the day.

Thanks to all the parents for again travelling away with the boys. Next week they entertain Glentoran.Cookstown Youth FC’s Development Centre will have a change of format for this incoming season.

CYFC Development Centre will now take place on Friday evenings at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena from 6.30pm until 8pm, and will mean both sessions will be at the same time. The first term will start on Friday September 21. The cost for the term will not change and remains £25 for the full ten weeks or £3 per Friday session.

CYFC feel that this is a change for the best and will suit both Players, Parents and Coaches , and will also provide an excellent opportunity for Team Coaches to become involved directly with the Grassroots of the Club.

For any queries or concerns please contact Manager Kyra or her Assistant Gary on 07771195393.

CYFC fixtures

Mid Ulster Youth League Under 11s

Kick-off 10.30am

CYFC 11s v Dungannon Utd Yth Colts MUSA

CYFC 11s Colts v Dungannon Utd Yth MUSA

Lisburn Youth League

Kick-off 10.30am

Banbridge v CYFC 12s Banbridge

NIBFA National League

Ballymena Utd v CYFC 13s TBC

CYFC 14s v Glentoran TBC

CYFC 15s v Tristar TBC

CYFC 16s v Crusaders TBC

Mid Ulster Under 18s Juvenile League

Kick-off 10.30am

CYFC 18s v St Marys Fairhill