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COOKSTOWN Youth Colts and Wanderers

The 2002 Development teams played once again on Friday night with the Colts taking on Magherafelt Sky Blues Galaxy and the Wanderers playing Moyola Park. Both teams played well in their fun games with some great skills on show from all the games.

Squad: Jack Patterson, Jack Chambers, Sean Monaghan, Jamie Fox, Mark Carleton, Nathan Bartley, Aaron Caldwell, Andis Levsins, Zach Ferson, Jamie Muldoon, Eunan O’Neill, Niall Devlin, Peter Bell, Jonah Loughran, Nathan Murray, Patrick O’Sullivan, Eoghan Donnelly, Thomas Warwick, Calum O’Neill, Dylan McCann

The fun games continue this week with the earlier kick off time of 6.30pm for this week. Players selected for this weeks games need to be at MUSA for 6pm sharp.

Cookstown U11 6 Sunnyside U11 2

Donaghy, 2 Wilson, Marlin, Own Goal, Murphy,

Last Saturday ‘the new batch’ travelled to Lurgan to face basement team Sunnyside in their ninth league fixture of the current season. Whether it was the heavy pitch, the windy conditions or a little complacency, Cookstown started poorly against a physical, well organised Sunnyside team who belied their league position.

Captain Jamie Marlin was the first to register a half chance on the Sunnyside goal on six minutes quickly followed by striker Joseph Donnelly three minutes later. Unfortunately Cookstown weren’t controlling the game as they usually do in midfield and paid the penalty when Sunnyside broke clear from the left wing. A sharp cross by the Sunnyside left winger evaded both Stephen Black in goal and Robert McLean and landed at the feet of Sunnyside’s striker who drove home from fifteen yards into the open net to steal the lead just before half time.

A quick word from the management team of Quinn, Kenning, Campbell and Warwick at half time left their players in no doubts of what was expected in the second half with an improvement in work rate, communication and positioning demanded from the whistle.

Harry Wilson replaced David Wensley in the only half time substitution with Wilson moving to left wing and new signing Shane Murphy moving up front beside Donnelly. Within three minutes of the second half honours were even. A quick short corner saw substitute Wilson ’s shot saved by the outstanding Sunnyside keeper with Iairlaith Donaghy driving in the rebound from ten yards.

Five minutes later it was two goals to the good with Wilson poaching a tap in from five yards with Sunnyside’s defence all at sea. Donaghy then saw a fantastic drive brilliantly turned away by the Lurgan keeper before Marlin struck a wonderful left foot drive high into the Sunnyside net from twenty yards.

Cookstown’s tails were up with chances starting to come thick and fast. A great cross from the left saw the unfortunate Sunnyside full back turn the ball into his own net for Cookstown’s fourth. Jamie Campbell and Bobby Patterson replaced Stephen Black and Joel Dallas. Debutant Murphy then cracked his first goal and Cookstown’s fifth with fifteen minutes left on the clock which was just reward for an impressive performance. Luke Patterson, Aaron Hailing and Craig Bigger all came on replacing Donnelly, Donaghy and Murphy. Instantly Hailing and Bigger had half chances in front of goal.

Sunnyside recorded their second goal of the game with ten minutes to go after a great run from the half way line and superb finish. A fantastic free kick by captain Marlin was met brilliantly by Wilson twelve yards out, his bullet header screaming past the unfortunate Lurgan keeper for his second and Cookstown’s sixth of the game in the dying minutes.

A fantastic second half display by the Cookstown lads with defender William Kenning man of the match, just ahead of fellow defender Dean Bigger.

Team: Stephen Black, Rian Mullan, Robert McLean, Dean Bigger, William Kenning, Joel Dallas, Iairlaith Donaghy, Jamie Marlin, Shane Murphy, Joseph Donnelly, David Wensley, Bobbie Patterson, Luke Patterson, Harry Wilson, Jamie Campbell Aaron Hailing and Craig Bigger.


Mark Cochrane 3

Cookstown dominated possession throughout this game but the finishing touch was lacking. Nathan Connolly headed over from close range and debutant Cian Jones managed to repeat the trick.

Mark Cochrane rounded the keeper and hit the post from an acute angle but soon after he made up for it by shooting into the corner of the net. Kaelum Irvine missed a good heading opportunity before Cochrane burst through and slotted expertly past the Lurgan keeper. Cochrane then just missed out on his hat trick but on his next chance he finished with his left foot to deservedly accomplish it. A good passing display from the boys with Nathan Connolly standing out as man of the match with his movement, passing and battling qualities coming to the fore.

Cyfc U12: Danny Kerr, Jack Turkington, Jordan Scott, Ryan Murphy, Tyler Anderson, Matthew Scott, Nathan Connolly, Cian Jones, Kaelum Irvine, Tom Black, Mark Cochrane, Mark Espie, Robert Turkington, Matty Glendinning, Jake Crooks, Jack Mcmoran

This week the boys host Portadown at musa.

CYFC 13’s 2 Banbridge Juniors 1

Arrell, Hughes

Cookstown were at home this week against a team that had taken a precious point off them just over a month ago. The boys knew it was going to be a tough game and it immediately got harder when McCrum was unavailable through illness and O’Hare was taken off after an impact injury early on.

However, the boys were not to be deterred in this feisty match. From the start it was clear the tackles would be hard and heavy and the midfield four of McCrea, Keane, Stewart and Devlin had to work as hard going forward as back.

The first goal came from nothing when the ball was bouncing around the Banbridge box but it could not have fallen to a better person than Stevie Arrell who scored his tenth for the season with a brilliant effort that left the keeper helpless.

That seemed to waken Banbridge up and they came at the Cookstown defence with a few attacks that were well dealt with by Donnelly, Kelly, Dobson and Thom. Ben Young in nets made some great saves in goals.

Banbridge’s style of play was not lenient for good football but the boys stuck at it and created several good openings before half time. However, it remained 1-0 and the coaches were keen to reinforce the importance of concentration.

The CYFC boys took this on board and attacked from the first whistle in the second half with McCrea winning a penalty which sparked a mass melee on the pitch. Both sets of coaches were given time to settle their players down, although Cookstown had done little wrong, before the resultant penalty. Ronan Hughes kept his composure well and made it 2-0.

A couple of changes were made with Caleb Buchanon replacing Kyle Devlin and Jack Dingley replacing Luke McCrea and almost instantaneously Buchanon was on the end of a through ball but he just couldn’t find the finish. Cookstown had all the play but just couldn’t force a third before Banbridge were fortunate to score from a cross that deflected off a Cookstown defender. Young made a couple of fine saves to make sure of the win against a very physical and bad-tempered Banbridge team.

The coaches were proud of the performance after everything that went on during the match and would like to thank the supporters as always for turning up on a Saturday morning.

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

Man of the Match this week was Conor Donnelly. A tough game for the young man to get his second start in but stood up well and never pulled out of a tackle. Well done Conor!

Crumlin Utd 5 Cookstown Yth 1 Kelly

CYFC U18s were knocked out of the League Cup at the quarter final stage after a poor performance against current league leaders Crumlin.

In the opening 10 minutes both teams looked to be evenly matched with most of the play bogged down in midfield and the Cookstown pair of Dickson and Corcoran were holding their own and trying to get on top. Crumlin were then gifted a goal. A harmless looking through ball, and with no communication from keeper Rainey and defender Douglas on the edge of the 18 yard box resulted in both totally missing the ball in the mix up left the striker tapped home into the empty net. The home team started to exert some pressure on the Cookstown defence but could not add to their lead.

Cookstown’s main threat came from Ramsay on the left wing but his good breaks down the left and crosses come to no end results. Crumlin made it 2- 0 from yet another mistake, when the long kick out from the Crumlin keeper was allowed to bounce twice and with Rainey getting his hands to the ball on the edge of the box but failed to hold onto the ball it was finished of by the home team player.

Cookstown got back into the game with their best spell of the match. Pressuring the ball better and passing looked to be improving and Kelly forced the Crumlin defence into a mistake when he chased down what looked like a lost cause and nipped in front of the keeper to score on 30 minutes. A few minutes later Ramsay had an effort from a tight angle that the keeper did well to save. Cookstown then forced a number of corners that the home team did well to clear. Crumlin added to their score on 40 minutes when the ball was lost on the left and the midfielder bust through two half hearted tackles and hit an early shot from 25 yards that caught Rainey flat footed to leave the half time score 3-1.

Crumlin settled early but did not threaten the Cookstown goal in the second half. The Cookstown lads who had looked lacklustre the whole match were finding it hard to string any passes together and kept giving the ball away. McIvor replaced the injured Corcoran on 50 minutes. Crumlin scored number 4 on 70 mins when Cookstown were once again punished from another mistake From their own free kick on their 18 yards box, Rainey took it short to Jordan who passed it back to Rainey but the pass back was charged down and the striker crossed to his team mate to score into the empty net.

Potter and Rainey were both replaced by Gates and Bell on 71 mins and it was Gates who had a good run down the right and put in a great cross from McIvor but the Crumlin defence got back to clear the danger. Bell then pulled of a good save with his feet on 85 minutes but then had a rush of blood to the head a few minutes later when he rushed out to a player running into the corner away from goal and brought him down and the referee awarded a penalty kick which the home team scored to leave the final score 5-1.

Team: M Rainey (S Bell 71), A Jordan, J Leslie, J Douglas(G Stewart 80), G Kelso capt, G Dickson, B Potter (S Gates 71), E Corcoran( J McIvor), D Kelly, J Cohen, S Ramsay,

M.O.M Drew Kelly. One player that will run all day and get stuck in.

Manger Niall Hunter said afterwards: “We had no life in us today, we were playing the current league leaders who have a 100% record this season and we did not lift ourselves for this match. Too many players were hiding today. We gifted them 4 goals with simple errors. It very frustrating for me and Keith to watch the lads play that way when we know they can do much better. We play Armagh at the MUSA at 10am next week and they also have an 100% record and scoring a lot of goals so the lads need to improve from this week.”

Cookstown Youth FCs ever popular Development Centre continues at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena this Saturday 5th November 2011 . Players receive coaching from UEFA and IFA qualified coaches 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/Wet Jackets/Polo tops/Hoodies 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 5th November 2011.

Players/Parents are reminded that number for this need to be in this week.

Cookstown Youth FCs first fundraiser of the season will take the form of a BBQ , to be held in the Hockey club this 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.

Fixture for Friday night 4th November 2011U10s (2002) development teams.

Matches kick off at 6.30pm @ MUSA all selected players need to arrive for 6pm Sharp this week.

Under 14s National League- CYFC V Portadown - Kick-off 7.30pm @ MUSA

Fixtures for Saturday 5th November 2011- Mid Ulster Youth League- Kick-off 10.30am

CYFC U12s V Portadown @ MUSA

Dungannon U13s V CYFC U13s @ White City Dungannon

Dungannon U15s V CYFC U15s @ White City Dungannon

Mid Ulster Under 18s League- CYFC U18s V Armagh City - Kick-off 10am @ MUSA