Second half shocker sees Cookstown Youth U18s smashed by seven goals

Development Centre players get stuck in
Development Centre players get stuck in

Cookstown Youth FC had a mixed return of results at the weekend with the U18s suffering a shocking second half to go down by 7-0 at home.

CYFC U11 1 Armagh 4

Cookstown Youth played their third match of the season on Saturday.

After a late kick-off the boys started well with very confident passing and movements. J Devlin, A Devlin and M Anderson all worked well together under the pressure from the Armagh boys in the first half and maintained this throughout the rest of the game with an excellent team effort along with the midfield players.

After conceding a goal the boys pushed even harder at the Armagh defence with B Hamilton, Se. O’Hare, C Falls and T Armstrong all linking up with some impressive, skilful phases of play. Early in the second half Cookstown were rewarded with a goal, which was evidence of the hard work by the boys and the excellent team effort shown, scored by Falls. This lead to a very tense match with a lot of determination from both sides.

R Ferguson, Sh O’Hare and J Farley played an excellent game in midfield positions working hard to support the forwards throughout the match. C. Devlin also played a vital role in nets in the second half keeping Cookstown in the game and fighting hard. Overall a thrilling game with hard work and determination evident from every player. Well done boys.

CYFC U12 6 Warrenpoint 1

The first game against Warrenpoint started well for the Cookstown side, dominating the game and linking well on the day .

Caleb Robb got the first goal, hitting a shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner. The second goal came from great work from the midfield to create space for Sean Monaghan.

Warrenpoint on occassions created a few worrying chances for Cookstown but to be thwarted by a consistant back line.

Terry Devlin hit two quick fire goals just before half time making it 4-0.

The second half saw Cookstown making a few changes with Benedito Tereso replacing Terry Devlin and it was Benedito who hit two more within 10 minutes making it 6-0. Warrenpoint got a consolation goal on the counter attack .

The CYFC U12 coaching team would like to offer our condolences to the Connolly family on there sad loss of player Shane Connolly’s grandmother .

CYFC Colts 4 Portadown 1

Cookstown U12 Colts played their second game of the season against Portadown on Saturday.

The game got off to a high tempo start with the defensive unit of Rhys Campbell, Jamie fox and Sami Junk combing well to stop any early pressure from Portadown. Cookstown were looking dangerous on the break and took the lead with their lone striker Ben McNally finishing well from a Todd Brown pass. The Colts were soon pegged back with a quick attack from Portadown ending in a goal line clearance from Jeimi Muldoon, unfortunately this was off his arm and resulted in a penalty which Portadown converted.

The score was not level for long as Charlie Acheson again found Ben McNally with a defence splitting pass for Ben to put pass the keeper into the net. Cookstown then went further in front with a long range effort from Todd Brown looping over the Portadown keeper.

The second half started with a lot more caution than the first half with Cookstown’s midfield of Todd Brown, Jack Patterson, Jake Donnelly and Charlie Acheson pulling the strings. Portadown put Cookstown under some pressure, forcing Eoghan Donnelly to save a few shots from range.

Cookstown capped off a good team performance with Ben McNally running down the right wing and beating two Portadown defenders before shooting from range to score his third of the game and Cookstown’s fourth.

CYFC u13 2 Warrenpoint 3

Saturday saw the young sizzlers faced last season’s Mid-Ulster League side Warrenpoint in their fourth fixture in National League B. On results Warrentpoint appeared on paper to be struggling to make the transition to National League football with 3 opening defeats to their season which left the management team confident of a home victory after defeat to Limavady the previous Friday.

With several players moved around and the absence of Thomas Mackle, Cookstown initially struggled in the opening fifteen minutes of the game to make the most of home advantage. Dean Bigger playing out wide struck a powerful shot from the edge of the box bringing off a good save from the Warrenpoint keeper after 8 minutes.

Three minutes later with players out of position, Warrenpoint stole a march down Cookstown’s left wing with a sharp cross met by the Warrenpoint striker who flashed home the opening goal from ten yards. Shane Murphy responded immediately with a powerful right footed shot just over the bar from twenty yards. Lee Glasgow then went close with a couple of attempts before good work from Joseph Donnelly fed captain Iarlaith Donaghy who drove home the equaliser on twenty minutes from fifteen yards.

Joseph Donnelly then went close before captain Donaghy fed in Tiernan O’Neill on the edge of the box with a pin point pass. Again he delightfully opened his body to steer home a sharp finish into the corner of the net five minutes from the break to take a deserved lead.

Despite a stern half time talk from the management team about complacency Cookstown were on the back foot within one minute of the re-start. A simple in swinging corner from Cookstown right wasn’t dealt with and somehow crossed the line as Warrenpoint got back into the game. Luke Patterson went close after a rebound from a shot from Eoin Gallagher from the edge. Iarlaith Donaghy then saw another free kick from distance sail over the bar as Cookstown pushed for the winner. Unfortunately a through ball from the Warrenpoint defence found their striker who outpaced Cookstown defence to ram home the winner in the last minute of the game. A painful lesson learnt by all but buoyed by moments of some good football by the Cookstown lads who are still finding their feet at this level. Work in progress, men of the match Robert McLean and Dean Bigger.

CYFC U14 4 Craigavon City 3

Cookstown fell behind within minutes but hit back with Ryan McFarland applying a simple finish.

Chris Boyd fired his team ahead with a brilliant left foot finish and then doubled their lead as Jordan Ferguson scored from the keepers parry. Craigavon pulled a goal back and then put Cookstown under intense pressure.

Erik Bannis smashed home the fourth goal and Craigavon back again to make it 4-3. Cookstown deservedly held on with impressive displays from Marc Glasgow and man of the match Jordan Scott who cleared his lines well especially in the second half.

Team: Afonso Tereso, Jordan Scott, Mark Espie, Jack Turkington, Brendan Davey, Ryan McFarland, Erik Bannis, Jordan Ferguson, Marc Glasgow, Tyler Anderson, Chris Boyd, Darryl Orr

Bangor 4 CYFC U15 3

A spectacular strike from Stefan O’Hare and good finishes from Ronan Hughes and Mark Larmour , plus a steady performance by stand in keeper Matthew Kelly and a brilliant display of football by the Cookstown lads in general, should be the summary of this National League game in Bangor, however this was the story of the first half.A mixture of over confidence and underestimating the opposition was the story of the second half and Bangor made an astonishing comeback to take all 3 points with a 4 3 victory.

A valuable lesson learnt by coaches and players alike , and on a posative note , Manager Andy Kelly commented “ this team have came on in leaps and bounds from last year and we have went from being happy with keeping the score down , to actually being gutted at not winning games this year , the boys gave 100% committment today as always , we were just over confident going into the second half , which will not happen again “.

The 15s are at home against Coleraine this Saturday , 11am at MUSA.

CYFC U17 2 Foyle Harps 2

This was a tremendous game and Cookstown took the lead with Gavin McElhone and Aiden Murphy setting up Conor McGovern for a neat finish.

Foyle Harps almost levelled it as a long range effort struck the bar but then Cookstown nearly went 2-0 up as Ciaran Scullion’s free kick was brilliantly saved by the keeper.

Foyle Harps were looking threatening and equalised with a great cross and finsh giving Chris Reynolds no chance. Conor McGovern went close twice as did Declan O’Neill. Cookstown fell behind to another good strike but kept their spirits high and deservedly came away with a draw as captain Paul Stewart flicked a long throw over the keeper and into the unguarded net. Man of the match was the excellent Conor McGovern.

Team:Chris Reynolds, Lee Johnson, Marty Corrigan, Paul Stewart, Shay McMath, Ciaran Scullion, Conor McGovern, Aiden Murphy, Declan O’Neill, Gavin McElhone, Jerome Harte, Wilson Tavarez

CYFC U18 0 Enniskillen 7

The U18s had a shocking second half on Saturday when all the goals were scored by Enniskillen to take the points.

The 1st half was fairly even with both teams getting bogged down in midfield but the away team where the ones that went closest to scoring only for Chris Reynolds to pull off 3 good save. The home team had very little chances on goal and looked a bit toothless as they failed to test the away keeper to leave both teams all square at half time.

Enniskillen took the lead when Glasgow pulled up with an injury which left his marker with a free run on goal and he slotted past Reynolds. Glasgow was replaced and with McIvor also injured the home team found themselves 2 and then 3 down in a mad opening 10 minutes of the 2nd half. The local lads heads dropped after this and the away team look to be able to score at will with each attack and scored another 4 to end the match 7-0.

The 18s are away to sunnyside in lurgan this Saturday.

Development Centre

The ever popular Development Centre started again last Friday, at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena. Upwards on 70 kids took part and everyone involved , from the players to the coaches , enjoyed a great nights fun. 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 Developmen Centret caters for kids , Male and Female , whatever their ability, up until they are 14yrs old and even after that there is always the oppertunity 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. Cookstown Youth FC welcomes all sections of the community and our coaches are all IFA accredited and Child Protection trained. Players attending this Friday evening are advised to attend MUSA 15mins before the start to facilitate registration !!

CYFC under 12s (2002) , are currently looking players for their Mid Ulster Youth League squad. For further details or queries please contact manager Jonny Scott on 07789955080 or club P.R.O Andy Kelly on 07872901473.

CYFC 14s (2000) are currently keen to add to their squad of players. Any player interested or anyone who knows of players can contact 14s manager Nigel on 07860410304 / 02886763588 or P.R.O Andy on 07872901473.