Tobermore lads have big win on North Coast

Cookstown Youth U12 1 Shankill Boys 2

Last Saturday CYFC U12 faced Shankill Boys in the semi-final of the Lisburn Youth League Shield at Lisburn Leisure Centre.

Shankill started the brighter, probing Cookstown’s defence with their pace and power, with keeper Jamie Campbell having to pull off a couple of sharp saves.

Cookstown’s only real chance in the first half fell to captain Jamie Marlin who sliced wide on seven minutes.

Shankill plundered the lead on fourteen minutes when keeper Campbell was unable to hold the ball under severe pressure from the Belfast striker to take an undeserved lead. A great run and cross from Iarlaith Donaghy from right midfield nearly fell to Harry Wilson with the Shankill keeper intercepting just before half time.

Into the second period manager Gerry Quinn rang the changes with Shane Murphy and Thomas Mackle replacing Lee Glasgow and Harry Wilson. Both subs made an immediate impact on the game as their good work forced the Shankill keeper to kick the ball into his own net on 31 minutes for the equaliser.

A good run and pass by Murphy sent Thomas Mackle clear to shoot inches wide of the Shankill right hand post. Substitute striker Joseph Donnelly then found the net on forty-five minutes after a driven cross from Murphy only for the referee to controversially blow offside.

On fifty-two minutes Shankill scored their second of the game with keeper Campbell left with no chance after a defensive slip up. Captain Marlin then hit the bar extension from fifteen yards before been sent tumbling down in the box. For the second week in a row no penalty was given with the Shankill defender charging through the back of the Cookstown player to the dismay of the travelling support.

Donnelly and Murphy both had good chances before Donaghy sliced a bouncing ball wide on the six yard box after a melee of Cookstown corners, leaving Shankill undeserved victors to face Hillsborough in the New Year’s Day final.

The management team would like to thank all the travelling squad for their efforts on the day as they showed ‘never say die’ qualities right up to the final whistle.

Cookstown Youth U12: J. Campbell, B. Patterson, R. McLean, W. Kenning, D. Bigger, I. Donaghy, J. Marlin, Tiernan Mackle, L. Glasgow, H. Wilson, L. Patterson, S. Black, S. Murphy, Thomas Mackle, J. Donnelly, C. Bigger.

Cookstown Youth U13 1 Ballymena 7

CYFC U13’s fighting spirit was not enough as they lost out to an all-conquering Ballymena outfit at home.

Cookstown remained solid against anexcellent Ballymena side and keeper Afonso Tereso claimed a long throw in to relieve the pressure.

Marty McCracken should have given Cookstown the lead but he lifted his effort over the bar. Ballymena scored two great goals before half time but Cookstown made them work hard to gain the initiative.

A great delivery from Sam Hardy should have given his team mates a clear opportunity but they were caught on the back foot.

Ballymena scored a fortunate third goal which killed the game and they slotted in another four in the dying minutes. Chris Boyd fired in a fine consolation for his team.

Cookstown Youth U13: Afonso Tereso, Robert Turkington, Kaelum Irvine, Ryan Murphy, Jack Turkington, Nathan Connolly,Tyler Anderson, Sam Hardy, Ryan Mcfarland,, Chris Boyd, Marty Mccracken, Jake Crooks, Mark Espie, Brendan Davey

Cookstown U15 0 Carniny Youth 2

Cookstown U15 entertained Carniny Youth at home on Saturday past. The game started brightly with Cookstown taking the game to Carniny.

There was nothing between the two teams in the first half. Both teams were making chances with Carniny maybe having the clearer ones.

Josh McAdoo, Kieffer Scott and James Donnelly all had chances whilst the Cookstown keeper was called on a number of times. Another move saw the Carniny keeper pull off a double save from Scott. A poor clearance right on half time saw Carniny capitalise and went in 1-0 at half time.

The second half saw a similar story and some great football was played at times by the Cookstown lads but the final ball just would not come. Joshua Adams cleared off the line after the keeper had been lobbed and then from a Cookstown corner Carniny broke with the left midfielder taking on the defence and finishing well for a 2-0 score line.

Cookstown did have chances with Scott, Ryan Campbell, Donnelly, and Fergal Devlin all failing to find the net.

Stevie Star said that all in all it was a good performance but lacking somewhat in perhaps commitment. Noel McKenzie added that we still haven’t learnt the basics of tackling, taking chances and most important of all how to Talk to each other.

Cookstown Youth U15: Kennedy, Parkinson, G Adams, J Adams, Johnston, Scott, Larmour, Donnelly, Kilpatrick, Devlin, McAdoo. Campbell, McWilliams.

Man of the Match: Joshua Adams and Fergal Devlin

Riada Colts 2 Tobermore United U11 6

DUE to playing over-aged players Coleraine Olympic have all their points deducted and a win was given to all teams they have already competed against.

Tobermore U11s again traveled to The Joey Dunlop Centre in Ballymoney on Friday night to take on Riada Colts in a league game.

The Tobermore players were in confident mood after a good run of results in the League and Cup. As the game got under way Riada attacked from the first whistle and Tobermore found themselves a goal down in the first few minutes.

From the restart Tobermore got hold of the ball and started to play football as they have been doing all season and in their first serious attack levelled the scores at 1-1.

Now they were back on level terms the young U11 seem to go to sleep and 12 mins into the game Riada regained the lead. This seemed to to spur the Tobermore lads into life and again from the restart they took control of the game and drew level for a second time with 5 mins left in the first half. The rest of the first session continued with Tobermore now in total control and just before half time they took the lead with an unstopable free kick from 20-yards.

The second half got under way with Tobermore in no mood to give up their lead and after a bombardment of the Riada goal they got their just rewards when the fourth goal was scrambled over the line. Now with a two goal cushion the players begain to relax and played some good passing football with chance after chance going begging and some good keeping from the Riada keeper it looked like the match would finish at 4-2. But with time nearly up the Tobermore boys showed their composure in front of goal and added another 2 goals before the final whistle to run out winners 6-2.

Tobermore U15s’ match with Portrush and the U17s’ game with Limavady were postponed.

Training continues each Monday evening at Tobermore Golf Driving Range. U17s and U15s 6.30-8pm; U11s 6.30-7.30pm; U9s and U7s 6.30-7.30pm. Tobermore Academy invite any players who are looking for a team for the 2012/2013 season to come along to one of our training sessions. All players should bring football boots, shin guards.

Portrush 1 Moyola Park U12 3

Moyola U12s travelled to the Crescent Coleraine on Saturday to play Portrush and came away with a 3-1 victory.

From the kick off Moyola showed their intent and were camped in the Portrush half. Despite numerous efforts from Lynn, Hughes and Young in the first ten minutes it was Portrush who took the lead. Portrush’s goal came when a long ball found their centre forward and he played in his fellow striker to slot home past a helpless McErlain.

From the restart a fine passing move involving Diamond and Hughes found Lynn but his effort was cleared off the line. Despite wave after wave of attacks Portrush created a second chance again from a long ball but McErlain was on hand to save. Moyola then nearly equalised when Hughes was brought down 20 yards out from the Portrush goal. J.Clarke stepped up and was unlucky not to score after his effort scraped the bar.

Seconds later Moyola should have went on level terms when Gordon won the ball in midfield and fed Palframan who burst down the wing and crossed for Lynn to head narrowly wide. Further chances fell to Gilmour, Young, Lynn and Palframan but the ball just would not go in. 

The second half went under way with D.Hughes tormenting the Portrush defence and he was unlucky not to score when his shot hit the post. Minutes into the second Moyola equalised when Mangion slide in Hughes and he chipped the home keeper to score.

Moyola began to play some lovely football and a fine ball by McGroggan sent Lynn through on goal but his effort was dealt well by the Portrush keeper. Ten minutes into the second half, Ronan and Ryan McKee replaced J.Gilmour and D.Palframan and settled into the game well, playing some good stuff down the right.

Moyola took the lead on the 18th minute when L.Young took advantage from a Portrush error and placed his shot into the bottom corner. It was now all, Moyola and the game was finished as a contest when Young was fouled 25 yards out from goal. Jamie Clarke took the kick and scored to put the Moyola boys 3-1 up.

The last few minutes were now spent in the Portrush half and Ryan McKee saw his effort ruled out for an offside. This was a good performance but there was far too many chances missed and on another day Moyola could have easily have hit 10 goals.

Moyola U12: D. McErlain, M. Mangion, J. Gilmore, S. McGroggan, J. Clarke, D. Palframan, C. Gordon, P. Diamond, D. Hughes, L. Young, R. Lynn. Subs - Ronan McKee, Ryan McKee

The U16s had a 1-1 draw with Draperstown Celtic on Saturday.

Games for the U11s takes place on a Wednesday night at Mill Meadow from 6.30-7.30pm. All welcome and for further information contact Robin Martin on 07825068516 or Brian Wilson on 07445396937.

Training for the U12s takes place on a Wednesday night at Mill Meadow from 7.30-9pm. For further information contact Roy Clarke on 07716127604.

Training for the U16s takes place on a Wednesday night at Mill Meadow from 7.30-8.30pm. For further information contact David Evans on 07730529081.


Friday December 14

Tobermore U11 v Rasharkin

Saturday December 15

Ridgeway v Cookstown U12 (11.15am, Moira)

Glentoran v Cookstown U14 (12 noon, Mullusk)

Coleraine v Cookstown U15

Enniskillen Town v Cookstown U16

Weavney v Tobermore U15

Ballymoor v Tobermore U17

Dungiven v Moyola Park U12 (11am)

Moyola Park U16 v Ashgrove Rovers (10.30am)

Sky Blues U15 v Dungoyne (11am)

Coleraine v Sky Blues U14 (11am Spires Park)

Sky Blues U13 v Crusaders (11am Spires Park)

Sky Blues U12 v Linfied (11am)