Football: Cookstown Youth U13 have big win over league contenders Limavady at MUSA

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CYFC U11 entertained Loughgall Youth and Enniskillen Rangers at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena.

The first game was played between Cookstown Youth Under 11 and Loughgall Youth.This was an enthralling game between two technical footballing teams and like their last meeting, was a joy to watch.

Cookstown started confidently but were unlucky to go behind, early in the first half. They responded well, working hard with a never say die attitude. This lead to a wonderful game that ebbed and flowed throughout.

Vital saves from Monaghan, a strong defence by J Devlin, A Devlin, Hamilton and Se O’Hare, a majestic midfield by C Devlin, Jeffers, Donnelly and Farley and a fabulous front-line of Armstrong, Falls and Sh O’Hare resulted in an all round excellent team performance.

The second game of the day saw Cookstown Colts U11 play Enniskillen Rangers. This was an equally absorbing game between two emerging teams.

Cookstown Colts also started confidently and deserved to go ahead with a well worked team goal. Their positive attitude remained throughout the game despite pressure from Enniskillen Rangers.

Splendid saves for Taylor, determined defending from Donaghy, Ferguson, Ruddell and Henry, magnificent midfield work from O’Neill, Harvey, McCallion, Hughes and Smith,the super strike force of Ballantine, McAleer and Whitten resulted in a tremendous team performance.

CYFC U12s 5 Portadown 1

The youth team started slowly with Portadown scoring early

against stand in keeper Mark Carleton .

The game then started to warm up with Ben McNally getting an equaliser on the break and tapping in from close range .

The second half saw Terry Devlin turn the screw and show his quality rounding three players and slotting home by the keeper .

The Cookstown midfield of Jake Donnelly , Dominic O’Neill and Peter Bell then started to dominate the play and supply balls to strikers Devlin and Donnelly and it was Donnelly who scored at the back post .

Portadown did have a few breaks in the second half only for a solid performance by Rhys Campbell, Sami Junk and Mark Carleton.

The final 10 minutes saw Terry Devlin score a carbon copy of his first goal only for the Portadown keeper he could of had more but it was Charlie Acheson who managed to get the last goal scoringfrom great work with Devlin and Donnelly showing good link up and finish off a game and giving the youth team management alot

to think about with colts players stepping up to the mark .

CYFC u13 4 Limavady 0

Last Saturday the young sizzlers exacted ruthless revenge on limavady Youth after a 2-1 defeat earlier in the season in national league B.

With three wins on the bounce and a fantastic performance against Maiden City the previous weekend, Cookstown started the game full of confidence and readiness.

After a great block by Lee Glasgow striker Luke Patterson pounced on a great through ball to drill home his first of the season with his left foot from fifteen yards after only two minutes.

A minute later fellow striker Thomas Mackle whizzed a shot just over before hitting Cookstown’s second with a deft finish on five minutes after good work from captain Iarlaith Donaghy. Both donaghy and tiernan Mackle went close with further changes as Cookstown threatened to riot against a physically strong Limavady side.

Donaghy the lost his footing just as he was about to hit Cookstown’s third with five minutes left in the half.

Into the second half it was more of the same with that man Thomas Mackle sublimely chipping home with the outside of his left foot to make it 3-0 on 40 minutes.

Keeper Jamie Campbell dived full length to deny one of Limavady’s few attacks five minutes later. Rian Mullan, Eoin Gallagher, Tiernan O’Neill and Shane Murphy entered the game with both O’Neill and Gallagher testing the away keeper. striker Murphy latched onto a great through ball from silva, who was magnificent throughout, and sweetly struck home the fourth from twenty five yards to seal a fantastic victory against second place Limavady who didn’t know what hit them from start to finish. Cookstown’s first clean sheet of the season with defender William Kenning awarded man of the match for outstanding defensive play. Ballymena away next.

CYFC U15 1 Derry Colts 1

Cookstown U15 entertained National League (B) leaders Derry Colts at MUSA last Friday night, and on paper should have been planning to try and keep the score down and save embarrassment, however the high flyers from Stroke City didn’t get all their own way.

Manager Andy Kelly told the boys to go out and be passionate for the shirts on their backs, to work as a team and above all to enjoy themselves, and that’s exactly what they did.

In every position on the pitch both teams battled it out, and the two defences had their work cut out with end to end football played throughout the first half.

The home team to a man stood up and took the game to the league leaders , and Mark Larmour, Stefan O’Hare, Conor Donnelly and Jamie McCrum were immense at the back, as was Ryan Dobson in the midfield, and Ronan Hughes and Kyle Devlin worked flat out only to be thwarted by the Derry back four. By the time the half-time whistle went both teams were ready for a well earned breather with the score at 0 0.

The second half was just as hectic as the first. The Cookstown boys weren’t giving Derry a chance to play their passing game and Derry in turn didn’t allow Cookstown to play their attacking game which resulted in a real tussle in the middle of the park, but 15 minutes into the half Jake Young broke away up the right wing, swerved inside and unleashed a pile-driver of a shot which nestled nicely in the Derry goal.

Derry never gave up and peppered the home goal, hitting the crossbar, testing McGuigan and bringing out the best in the home back four, who coped with every piece of pressure threw at them.

During one of these sorties by the visitors Stefan O’Hare found himself tangled around a Derry forward and the Ref awarded a penalty , which McGuigan was unlucky not to save.

In the dying minutes of the game both teams had chances for the winner but to no avail and the game finished with a well deserved draw, a great result for the home team.

Andy Kelly couldn’t have been prouder of his team on what a fantastic performance by all sixteen players. Also a big thanks to Andy Warwick for his help during the game and as always the supporters , very much appreciated.

CYFC U18 1 Valley Rangers 3

If ever a score line didn’t reflect a true performance of a team then this was it .

Cookstown entertained Valley Rangers at Beechway last Saturday morning in a Mid Ulster Juvenile League game.

To say that the Cookstown lads were up for it would be stating the obvious.

The boys showed the passion and commitment that on any other Saturday, would have gained them all three points.

The home team matched their opponents in every position on the park and Jamie Kirkpatrick came close to opening the score on several occasion as did Doyle and Shields , however the Rangers defence were on their toes to prevent a goal. At the other end Glasgow and Hopper were putting in good shifts and at half-time the score was probably a fair 0-0.

Rangers hit Cookstown with a sucker punch early in the second half and went 1-0 up, but the home team continued to play with passion and Stefan Shields scored straight from a corner to bring the score level again.

Kyle McMullan, Jason Kelly and Stefan Shields were introduced and played some great touches to add to what was already a very entertaining game. Kirkpatrick was brilliant in the middle of the park and Glasgow had the look of a young John Terry at the back , and these are only two examples from a very good performance from a team who just lack that little bit of luck, and run of the ball.

In the absence of Manager Niall Hunter, Caretaker boss Lawerance Dickson and Assistant Andy Kelly praised the boys for their efforts.

Kelly commented, “I thought the boys were very unlucky today, they showed the passion, teamwork and commitment that we asked for, and they actually enjoyed the game, apart from the result. Keep playing like that, and their luck will change.”



CYFC Development Centre continues this Friday at MUSA.

Coaching takes place from 6.30pm until 7.45pm, and runs for the next 9 weeks. Players from the age of 6yrs (born 2007) will be made more than welcome, and the Development Centre caters for kids , Male and Female , whatever their ability, up until they are 14yrs old and even after that there is always the opportunity to become a helper.

The cost for the sessions is £3 per night.

We look forward to seeing you all back with us and also look forward welcoming anyone new.

Congratulations to u12s player Terry Devlin who was picked for the Search For Star competition held in Derry.

Terry was the only player from this region who was selected, well done to him.