Match reports from Cookstown Youth FC

ST Marys 3 CYFC 18s 1

CYFC 13s 2 Lurgan Town 3

CYFC 13s came back down to earth with a bump last Saturday after their Cup Final win against Dungannon Utd Youth the previous week. With key players O’Hare , Keane and McCrum missing the Cookstown lads put in a lack lustre performance against a Lurgan Town team that they had swept past easily in any past encounters.

Lurgan took the lead early in the first half after a hopeful high ball up front took a wicked deflection and fell for their striker who chipped a helpless McCrea in the home goals. Cookstown were struggling to get into the game and the strike partnership of Devlin and Purvis weren’t getting any service from the midfield and any chances that were created were snuffed out by the visiting defence.

Hughes , Stewart and Dingley showed positive signs and commitment in Midfield and it was Dingley who burst into the Lurgan box after twenty minutes, only to be brought down to give his team a penalty , which Hughes gratefully scored to bring the score level. On the stroke of half time the visitors made it 2-1 after Kelly failed to deal with a clearance to give the Lurgan boys the advantage at the break.

Cookstown made a couple of changes at the interval, replacing Monaghan with L McCrea and Purvis up front with Arrell.

This seemed to improve things and chances did come along , only for the visiting keeper to deny any goals.

Lurgan increased their lead to 3-1 after a corner wasn’t dealt with and the ball was poked past McCrea.

More changes were made with Thom and McKee coming on and the Cookstown lads started to play the way the coaches know they can, unfortunately the Lurgan keeper was on top form and pulled off some good saves.

Kelly pushed up from the back and picked up a loose ball which he clinically volleyed into the roof of the net from twenty yards. 3-2.

Cookstown threw everything at the Lurgan team, knowing that all they needed was a draw to qualify in the top four for the semi-final of the League Cup , but it wasn’t to be and Lurgan left the pitch knowing that they had deservedly taken a big scalp , and are still in with a shout for a semi-final slot themselves if Cookstown don’t beat Banbridge Rangers in their next game.

Man Of The Match : Ronan Hughes.

Squad: Gareth McCrea, Kieran Monagha, Matthew Kelly, Ryan Dobson, Caleb Buchannan, Michael Stewart, Conor Donnolly, Jack Dingley, Ronan Hughes, Kyle Devlin, Sam Purvis, Luke McCrea, Stevie Arrell, Cameron Thom, James McKee, Ben Young.

Dromore 1 CYFC 15s 4

COOKSTOWN took the field at Kernan Park to play Dromore in a league cup tie that would decide a semi final place.

Cookstown did not disappoint their travelling fans and ran out comfortable winners. Cookstown were in the driving seat from the whistle and had the ball in the net on 30 seconds but ruled out for offside. J Holmes, S Taylor and J Glasgow then all had chances within the next 10 minutes but no goals.

On 13 minutes M Corrigan and G McElhone combined to put J Holmes and he slotted home the opener. Cookstown had a setback on 21 minutes when game as a bog eel D O’Neill was stretchered off with a broken nose.

It did not stop the Cookstown lads and they upped the ante and P Stewart, J Holmes and J Glasgow all went close to increasing the lead. With 5 minutes to go to half time J Glasgow was brought down on the edge of the box and captain M Megarry delivered a trademark free kick into the bottom right hand corner to leave the score two nil at half time.

The second half started with Cookstown in the ascendancy and the Dromore keeper pulled off some good saves from S Taylor, G McElhone and J Holmes to keep his side in the game. Cookstown were not to be denied however and a great move involving P Stewart, G McElhone and W McCullagh saw J Holmes put through on a one to one with the Dromore keeper. Jamie duly obliged making it 3 nil.

Dromore came back at Cookstown and were awarded a dubious penalty to make it 3 – 1. It was a nervous period for the Cookstown team but some resilient work by the Cookstown defence of goalie C Reynolds and defenders A Bell, P Stewart, M Corrigan and W McCullagh in particular steadied the ship and Cookstown gradually took control of the game again.

With 10 minutes to go M Megarry was put through on the Dromore keeper and sealed the match with a clinical finish. 4 – 1.

This was a gritty performance by the team to seal their place in the semi final of the league cup. MOM William McCullagh just back from illness and he pulled out of nothing. A Big thank you to the travelling parents and supporters and especially Barbara (Florence Nightingale) Reynolds who rendered nursing assistance on the sidelines to Decky O’Neill.

Team Panel. C Reynolds, D O’Neill, M Corrigan, P Stewart, A Bell, M Megarry, J Glasgow, S Taylor, G McElhone, J Holmes, C McIvor, W McCullagh, E Santos, W Tavares

Development Centre

COOKSTOWN Youth FCs Development Centre will be taking a break this Saturday 5th May for the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Coaching will resume on Saturday 12th May at the usual times.

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 or for all the latest update’s you can check the Cookstown Youth FC Facebook Page.

Wales trip

EVERYONE at Cookstown Youth would like to wish the players and coaches of the Under 11s, 12s and 13s as they travel to Prestatyn in North Wales this weekend , for the annual Tournament. This will be the fourth year in a row that CYFC has been represented with at least three teams taking part each time.

A special word to the Under 11s, as this is their first trip away . Enjoy yourselves boys and hopefully their will be some silverware on the bus on your return on Monday.


CYFCs biggest fundraiser of the year takes place on Friday 11th May. Our now annual Golf 4 ball Scramble will be held at Killymoon Golf Club and Tee times can be obtained by contacting Rodney Hutchinson on 02886762574 or 07746576969.

The entry fee is £100 per team and after the 18 holes, a great feed awaits in the Clubhouse. This is traditionally a great days craic so regardless of your golfing ability, come and enjoy the fun and at the same time support our great wee Club.

Get in quick as spaces are filling up fast and not only will you and your team have a great days craic on a fantastic course, but you will also be supporting our great wee football club !

Fundraisers are an important part of CYFCs year and with over two hundred players at its Development Centre and six teams , competing in various Leagues from Under 11s to Under 18s, this all takes a considerable amount of money every year with, insurance, pitch hire, League fees, transport costs, kits etc.

Our coaches are all volunteers and pay membership fees and players pay weekly training and match fees but without our Fundraisers the Club would struggle to maintain its high standard of coaching and development of young people in the local area and beyond.

CYFCs fundraisers are held in the Hockey Club and a night out wont cost an arm and a leg but the craic is priceless, so come along and enjoy a night out and at the same time help us as to continue providing football for kids in the foreseeable future.

Congratulations to neighbours Coagh Utd FC on their IFA League 2 Championship win and promotion to IFA League 1 for next season. CYFC wish Coagh all the very best and continued success for the future.


For 14s , 15s and 18s fixtures check the CYFC Facebook Page.