Cookstown Youth notes

Dungannon United Youth 2 CYFC 11s 0

Men of The Match Robert McClean / Lairlaith Donaghy

LAST Saturday the ‘new batch’ made the short trip to Loughview in Dungannon to face local rivals Dungannon Youth in a Mid-Ulster League fixture. Unfortunately the young Cookstown lads succumbed to only their second defeat of the season against a well organised Dungannon side, a result which wasn’t helped by the loss of two key players to the transfer test, Shane Murphy and Joseph Donnelly.

Having arrived early to the venue the management team’s pre-match preparations were sorely hampered by the fact that they couldn’t access the pitch until fifteen minutes before kick off while the home team prepared in their own indoor facility. The management team had to initially prepare their team on a patch of rough grass on the side of the hill outside the pitch and run the risk of injury to children on an unknown surface. No explanation was given to the management team why the facility remained locked up so close to kick off!

From the off both teams cancelled each other out in all areas of the park on a wonderful playing surface for this time of the year. Winger Joel Dallas kept testing the Dungannon defence with some lung bursting runs down the right which created a couple of half chances for captain Jamie Marlin and striker Harry Wilson who showed some great touches and produced several great passes throughout the game.

Cookstown’s best chance of the half fell to Wilson after great work by Iairlaith Donaghy, his rasping shot just flying a foot wide of the Dungannon right hand post. Good work by Lee Glasgow and Dean Bigger from a corner nearly produced an own goal from the Dungannon defender as his clearance landed just wide of his own net. The back five of Jamie Campbell, Rian Mullan, Robert Mclean, William Kenning and Keelan Gault had to be at their best against two very quick Dungannon strikers with Kenning exceptional in his man marking role.

Into the second half Dungannon upped a gear around the Cookstown goal mouth and took the lead from a clever ball from the right which fell to the big Dungannon striker who smashed home from twelve yards. Keeper Campbell then made two fantastic saves to his left as Dungannon grew in confidence. A similar situation developed again from the right hand side with the other Dungannon striker slotting home into the bottom right hand corner from fifteen yards.

Bobbie and Luke Patterson then came on at full back before striker Wilson had Cookstown’s only remaining good chance in the game saved from the eighteen yard line. Stephen Black then replaced Campbell in goal and had to make two great saves, the second aided by a goal line clearance by defender Kenning as Dungannon pushed for their third.

David Wensley, Aaron Hailing and Craig Bigger were brought on to replace tiring Cookstown players who had given their all throughout the match but unfortunately despite all their great effort and endeavour it was to be Dungannon’s day and the three points.

Men of the match were Robert McLean and Iairlaith Donaghy who never stopped running and challenging the whole sixty minutes.

Team: Jamie Campbell, Rian Mullan, Robert Mclean, William Kenning, Keelan Gault, Joel Dallas, Iairlaith Donaghy, Dean Bigger, Lee Glasgow, Jamie Marlin, Harry Wilson, Bobbie Patterson, Luke Patterson, Stephen Black, David Wensley, Aaron Hailing, Craig Bigger.

CYFC 12s 1 Ballinamallard 5

R Turkington

While most youth games at Under 12 level were called off due to the adverse weather or due to the 11 plus examination, Cookstown hosted National Youth League side Ballinamallard Youth. The game was played at Fairhill and the conditions were perfect for football.

The home side got off to a superb start when Tom Black and Mark Espie linked up and played through Robert Turkington who burst through and slid the ball past Mallards keeper Noble.

However, the lead lasted on several minutes as Irvine levelled matters for the visiting side with a tremendous drive from outside of the box.

Cookstown were giving a good account of themselves and the only disappointing aspect was the failure of the midfield to win the ball from long clearances.

The Mallards pounced on a loose ball and after some good combination play down the right, McGrath rocketed a stunning effort past Glendinning.

Cookstown’s Tyler Anderson was showing his class in the heart of the Cookstown defence and he was aided by the inexperienced Tiarnah Donaghy who was also making a number of vital interceptions.

Cookstown conceded a third goal when Browne rifled an effort just over the head of Glendinning. The fourth and final goal of the half from the Mallards came via an own goal as the Cookstown back four failed to communicate effectively.

Glendinning then made a couple of excellent stops and the team continued to give a committed display. Jack turkington did well with and without the ball and Jordan Scott showed his versatility as he filled in solidly at centre back. James Naylor lacked some positional awareness but gained confidence as the game progressed and Adam McKenzie picked out some clever passes from midfield.

Cookstown were almost in on goal on two occasions but razor sharp keeping from the visiting goalie snuffed out the danger. Ballinamallard managed one more second half goal as they benefited from the breakdown of a short goal kick as Bradley nipped in front of Glendinning and scored number five for the Fermanagh outfit.

A good work out for the boys and it was a thoroughly entertaining fixture with plenty of talented footballers on show. This week the Under 12s take on old rivals Armagh City at Ardmore.

CYFC: U12: Matthew Glendinning, Jordan Scott, Jack Turkington, Tiarnah Donaghy, Tyler Anderson, Jake Crooks, Robert Turkington, Jack Mcmoran, Kaelum Irvine, Tom Black, Mark Espie, Adam Mckenzie, James Naylor

CYFC 15s 1 Craigavon City 0 ( win awarded by MUYL)

CYFC 13s and 14s had no game and played a friendly with the 14s coming out on top.

Camlough Rovers 1 CYFC 18s 3

Kelso, Corcoran, Cohen

Man of The Match : Jamie O’Neill

CYFC18s played Newry side Camlough last week and put in a good battling performance to take all the points.

The first 15 minutes saw both sides evenly matched with the home team pressuring the away defence but the back four of Kelso, Kelly, Jordan and Leslie cleared any dangers and

Rainey in the CYFC goal had only long range shot to deal with. Camlough took the lead on 20 minutes when Kelly and Jordan got in each other way and the ball fell kindly for the unmarked striker who lobbed the advancing Rainey.

The 18s took the game to the home team after this with Dickson, Cohen and Corcoran taking control of the midfield which say the team play some great passing, flowing football. On 25 minutes Dickson and Cohen linked well with O’Neill but the big strikers shot was well saved by the very busy home keeper. Corcoran then linked with O’Neill who forced the defender into a good block. From the resulting corner Cookstown drew level. Cohen’s corner was cleared and won back by Dickson and his quick pass found Cohen who picked out the unmarked Kelso who shot past the home keeper.

It was all Cookstown now as they pushed forward. A great passing move that say Corcoran, Cohen, Dickson and O’Neill all involved created an opening for Ramsay who once more saw his shot saved and the same player was put in again from a long Kelly pass but again the keeper made a good block to keep his side level at the break.

The second half got off to a scrappy start with again both team having chances. Kelly had to be at his best to keep out the striker and at the other end Gates had his shot cleared of the line.

Cookstown started to take control once more with Leslie making some great runs down the left, on 60 minutes the 18s took the lead when the ball fell to O’Neill in the box who linked with Gates who picked out Corcoran to score from 6 yards out. The home side pressured after this and Kelly and Rainey did well to keep the out. Rainey pulling of a great save and Kelly then had to block a goal bound shot to keep his team in front. Cookstown score number three on 80 minutes when a Ramsay shot was too hot to handle for the home keeper and Cohen scored from close in.

It was all Cookstown in the last 10 minutes and they should have added more to there scoreline. O’Neill beat the keeper and picked out Gates who once more had his effort cleared of the line. Gates then had a shot from 18 yards out saved by the home keeper. On 88 minutes sub McIvor beat 2 players inside the box but once more found the keeper in great form and on the last minute of the match Dickson found himself unmarked inside the 6 yard box with only the keeper to beat but hit his shot straight at the keeper to leave the final score 3-1.

Team: M Rainey, A Jordan, J Leslie, D Kelly, G Kelso (capt), G Dickson, J O’Neill, E Corcoran , S Gates, J Cohen, S Ramsay (J McIvor 80), G Stewart, R Greer

M.O.M Jamie O’Neill great at holding the ball up and linkup play.

Cookstown Youth FCs ever popular Development Centre continues at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena this Saturday 26th 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 . Also this Saturday Morning during the Development Centre there will be an opportunity to purchase CYFC stock which will be on sale in the Portacabin .

Fixtures for Saturday 26th November:

Mid Ulster Youth League- Kick-off 10.30am

CYFC 11s v Warrenpoint @ MUSA

Armagh City v CYFC 12s @ Ardmore

Tristar Boys v CYFC 13s - NIBFA Cup- 11am @ Tristar

CYFC 15s v TBC @ TBC

NIBFA Under 14s League- Kick-off 11am

Trojans v CYFC @ Trojans

Mid Ulster Juvenile Under 18s League- Kick-off 10am

CYFC v Markethill @ MUSA