Tough week as Cookstown Youths struggle on the road

Goalscorer Ryan Dobson in action for the U15s.
Goalscorer Ryan Dobson in action for the U15s.

Cookstown Youth u13 1

Oxford United Stars 2

Saturday week ago, the young sizzlers made the long trip to Prehen Playing Fields on the Waterside to face early league contenders Oxford in a National League B fixture.

Buoyed by a fantastic point at home to league leaders Ballinamallard, Gerry Quinn’s boys started brightly in wonderful summer like conditions. Both teams matched one another man for man but Cookstown went closest to registering the first goal after Lee Glagow latched unto a Fernando Silva through ball only to see his powerful shot rise agonisingly over the cross bar from fifteen yards.

Thomas Mackle then tested the Oxford keeper from a twenty-five yard free on twenty minutes with Lee Glasgow bringing a second smart save from a similar position. Jamie Campbell had to make a couple of sharp saves just before half time as the homesters peppered the Cookstown goal mouth with several corners.

Into the second half Tiernan Mackle and captain Iarlaith Donaghy saw a couple of long range drives fall wide with Donaghy then going close with a header on thirty five minutes. A stinging drive from twenty yards then delivered Oxford the opening goal on forty minutes.

Five minutes later it was 2-0 to Oxford as they broke with speed after a headed clearance from a Cookstown free kick. With time running out Craig Bigger, Luke Patterson, Eoin Gallagher, Shane Murphy and Harry Wilson were brought on to try and change the game. A mishit ball by the Oxford keeper landed at Thomas Mackle’s feet who superbly drove the ball homewards over the despairing Oxford keeper from all of thirty yards. Cookstown pushed and pushed in the dying minutes but despite their great effort and some over zealous tackling from Oxford, Cookstown succumbed to defeat.

CYFC: J. Campbell, B. Patterson, R. McLean, W. Kenning, D. Bigger, F. Silva, Tiernan Mackle, I. Donaghy, Thomas Mackle, L. Glasgow, T. O’Neill, L. Patterson, S. Murphy, C. Bigger, H. Wilson, E. Gallagher.

Cookstown Youth U13 1

Larne Youth 3

On a still but chilly Autumn Thursday evening the young sizzlers faced Larne at MUSA in a re-arranged National League fixture.

With captain Iarlaith Donaghy available along with Shane Murphy and Thomas Mackle manager Gerry Quinn was confident of getting points on the board after a good overall performance against Ballinamallard the previous week.

Cookstown started well against a good passing Larne side with Thomas Mackle nearly capitalising on a great cross from Fernando Silva from the right. A cross-come-shot by Thomas Mackle then fell agonishingly inches past Silva’s outstretched leg with the Larne goal at his mercy. Mackle again just shot wide from a Donaghy cross with Donaghy testing the Larne keeper with a strong header just before half time.

The first minute of the second half saw Cookstown creep ahead when Lee Glasgow ran at the heart of the Larne defence a slipped in Silva who drove a high shot into the Larne goal from twelve yards. Four minutes later it was 1-1 after an error at the back let in the Larne winger who drove home from ten yards. Seven minutes later a rampant Larne then forced another Cookstown error to steal the lead.

With Cookstown heads down the score line was 3-1 with twelve minutes left as Larne took control of the game and the three points. Striker Lee Glasgow saw a shot slip out of the Larne keeper’s hands, unto the cross bar and back into his hands in a near bizarre incident. But overall Larne deserved their win with Cookstown players and managers needing to up their game in the next few weeks against Oak and Ballymena. Confidence, belief and maybe a little luck will improve results.

CYFC: J. Campbell, B. Patterson, R. McLean, W. Kenning, Dean Bigger, L. Patterson, I. Donaghy, Tiernan Mackle, Thomas Mackle, L. Glasgow, T. O’Neill, F. Silva, C. Bigger, S. Murphy, E. Gallagher.

Carniny Youth 1

Cookstown Youth U15 1

The U15s made the journey to the Ballymena Showgrounds on Saturday, for a National League (B) game against Carniny Youth.

With an afternoon kickoff and a new goalkeeper on show, the squad were hopeful of coming away with something from the match.

The team started with Callum McGuigan in goals, Conor Donnelly, Jamie McCrum, Ryan Rocks and Jack Wilson at the back, Adam Keane, Ryan Dobson, Stefan O’Hare in the middle and up front Ronan Hughes, Mark Larmour and Stevie Arrell.

The visitors were awsome in the first half and Arrell , Larmour, Hughes and O’Hare all came close to opening the score and Donnelly at the back was immense winning everthing that came his way.

The breakthrough for the U15s came on 15 minutes when Arrell floated in a tremenduous corner only for a Carniiny defender to clear the danger with his hand resulting in a penallty , which Dobson cooly slotted into the roof of the net.

The next sixty minutes was an exhabition of the very best of youth football, with both teams playing out an end to end game with chances at either end, and Carniny were unlucky not to pull one back when they scored a great free-kick, only for the ref to rule that it was indirect and had when straight in.

At the other end Stefan O’Hare hit the crossbar from 25 yards, Stevie Arrell was unlucky on severel occasions, and subs Jake Young and Kyle Devlin came close with a couple of decent cracks at goal.

With 1 minute left on the clock Carniny managed to find space and a shot from the edge of the box edged past the diving McGuigan and nestled in the right hand corner of the Cookstown net.

Man of The Match: Conor Donnelly, a fantastic performance Conor, well done .

A fantastic game of football, played in the proper manner by both teams , and Cookstown coaches Andy Kelly and Stevie O’Hare heaped praise on their players, and rightly so. Apologies to Jack Dingley, Caleb Buchannon, Cameron Thom and Cameron McMullan who didnt feature in the game but were an important part of the squad.



The ever popular Development Centre continues this coming Friday 18th October 2013, at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena.

Upwards on 70 kids are taking part every week and everyone involved , from the players to the coaches , are enjoying 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.