U15s win on the road in the rain

Cookstown U12 0

Ballymena 3

Last Saturday CYFC U12s suffered their first defeat of 2013 in the Lisburn Youth League against a physically and technically stronger Ballymena at Wallace Park.

Ballymena adjusted better to the 9.30am kick off time in Lisburn controlling alot of the possession with their neat passing and strong ball winning ability.

Despite controlling the lion share of possession Cookstown’s back five of Black, Patterson, McLean, Kenning and Bigger gave little quarter to their Ballymena conterparts reducing the sky blue threat to speculative shots from distance, a couple of corners and several free kicks just outside the box.

Into injury time in the first half a quick break down Cookstown’s right hand side created enough room for the Ballymena striker to drive into the space and smash an opening goal on thirty-one minutes. Into the second half Ballymena continued to dominate with their power and movement and despite two great saves from Stephen Black, were two goals to the good on forty-one minutes with Black powerless to stop the low drive to his right from the unmarked winger. Bobbie Patterson then cleared a dangerous corner off the line before Jamie Marlin’s header from a Cookstown corner was questionably cleared off the Ballymena line.

Lee Glasgow had a great opportunity to get something back but his attempted chip over the advancing Ballymena keeper lacked power and elevation and Cookstown’s final chance of the game was gobbled up. As Cookstown pushed and pushed for something out of the game up stepped Ballymena’s captain, who was the best player on the pitch, smashing home their third with two minutes remaining. A deserved win for the sky blues which now makes them favourites along with Loughgall to capture the league title. For the young sizzlers it was a lack-lustre performance after a great match against Loughgall the previous Saturday. The management team will have to lift them with South Belfast League leaders Bloomfield waiting for them in the NI Youth Cup on the 19th of January at Orangefield.

Enniskillen 1

Cookstown U15 3

Cookstown Youth Under 15’s made the long trip to Enniskillen to play Enniskillen Town United in their re arranged Northern Ireland Cup match last Saturday.

What started out as quite a nice morning in Cookstown turned to a not so nice a day at the Enniskillen Forum. As the team arrived it was welcomed by some lovely Fermanagh weather, which lasted all day.

After a kit change the match got under way at 1pm and Cookstown management of Hunter and McKenzie hoped that the winter lay off wouldn’t show but it didn’t really take long to show.

Cookstown were very slow out of the blocks and very sloppy at times against a fairly well organised Enniskillen side. The match was a few minutes old before Josh McAdoo had the first meaningful shot which saw his curler from the edge of the box just slip wide. Following a good move James Kilpatrick shot wide. Another move saw a Deane Kane shot superbly pushed over by the keeper.

In between this Town were pushing forward but their final ball was letting them down. A clearance from Gary Adams found McAdoo who headed the ball on and with both centre halves going for it they let Fergal Devlin in on a one on one and he made no mistake. Town kept going and when Cookstown lost the ball on the right hand side they took full advantage and finished a good move to leave the scores level at half time.

A good team talk and a few changes saw Cookstown start the second half brighter and it wasn’t too long before Devlin had his second with some great footwork inside the box before finishing off with a low drive into the left hand corner. The back four now of Luke Johnston, Gary Adams, Joshua Adams and James Donnelly were playing much better with J Adams having a great game.

The switch of pushing Kane into the centre alongside James Kilpatrick settled things and James Larmour now on the right was pushing forward. Town did have a great chance when their no 10 hit the crossbar but Cookstown had chances with Ryan Campbell, Larmour, McAdoo, Kane, Kilpatrick and Larmour but it was that man Devlin who popped up with his and Cookstown’s third near the end to secure the victory and progression into the next round. Donnelly had to come off near the end with an injury which we hope isn’t too serious.

Management Hunter and McKenzie were happy particularly with the second half performance. Both agreed that J Adams and Kilpatrick had super games but it was hard not to give the Man of the Match award to hatrick hero Fergal Devlin.

Following the match Enniskillen Town laid on some excellent after match refreshments and accepted the possibility of a pre season friendly later in the year.

CYFC U18s resume training after the Christmas and New year break with training starting back this Thursday night the 10th 6.30pm to 8pm at the Mid Ulster sports Arena.

coming up over the next 5 weeks so its important for all the lads to get back up to training and be ready for Saturday. We have 5 away matches and 1 home game in that time staring with Lurgan BB away this Saturday and Rockview at home the following week. If there is any new lads born in the years 1994,95 or 96 that want to come along they can now be signed in January. Training is at MUSA 6.30pm to 8 every Thursday night.

18s are away to Lurgan BB on sat match at Kernan PF Portadown.


Cookstown Youth FC’s Developement Centre will recommence on Friday 25th January 2013 , at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena. Coaching will take place on the 4G from 6.30pm until 8pm , and Players between , and including, the ages of 5 and 14 , no matter of ability , will be made very welcome.

CYFC presently have eight Teams from Under 11s right up to Under 18s , competing in the Mid Ulster League , Lisburn Youth League , NIBFA National League and Mid Ulster Under 18s Juvenile League and to this end the Club relies heavily on its Developement Centre to feed its competative teams in future Seasons , and Players will recieve the very best Coaching from qualified Coaches each and every Friday evening over a ten week term.

As a Club CYFC just don’t concentrate on finding the next Franl Lampard , but have an interest in young people getting out in the fresh air and excercising , meeting new friends, enjoying themselves and at the same time learning skills that they maybe wouldn’t normally learn at home. The Club also prides itself in carrying Players forward as Helpers / Coaches of the future and just because a Player dosn’t make one of our eight Teams , he may be an excellent Coach and therfore there are courses and Qualifications that Him or Her can do to stay within the footballing family.

We are very much a Family oreintated Club and welcome all sides of the Community , both Players and Coaches , so if you are interested in your Child coming along , or indeed fancy getting involved in Coaching , and would like more information , please contact the CYFC mobile on 07771195393 , or drop us a message on our Cookstown Youth FC Facebook Page.


CYFCs Youngsters are to run out onto the Mid Ulster Sports Arena pitch this Saturday , in front of hundreds of fans , to play in an exabition match . The Under 9s have been invited to play at Half Time in the Killymoon Rangers v Glentoran Irish Cup Tie , a great opportunity for both Players and Coaches to show of their skills, in what is a massive day of Football in Cookstown.

CYFC 11s and 14s have NIBFA Cup games on Saturday , also at MUSA , and ironically the 14s are up against Glentoran Under 14s at 11am , so there should be Green, Red and Black at the Arena for a good part of the day.

The Under 11s embark on their first ever NIBFA Cup campaign against Limavady Utd , also at MUSA , and this will be their first competative 11 a-side game , as their Mid Ulster Youth League games are 9 a-side. After the game the 11s players will take on the roll of Ball Boys at the Killymoon v Glentoran game , and CYFC would like to thank Killymoon for giving both the 9s and 11s this great opportunity to be a part of a historical day of Football.

Everyone at the Club wish all the CYFC teams all the very best this week and in particular the 9s and 11s ,who have a big day ahead of them in representing our great wee Club.

Best wishes also to the Players and Officials of Killymoon Rangers FC on their big day.


CYFC hope that ex Player Jamie Douglas has a full and speedy recovery , after sustaining an injury on his Debut for Dungannon Swifts against Lisburn Distillary last Saturday.


Saturday 12th January 2013

CYFC 11s v Limavady Utd NIBFA Cup 11am MUSA

Banbridge Town v CYFC 12s Lisburn League 11.15am Banbridge

Coleraine Academy v CYFC 13s NIBFA Nat Lgue TBC TBC

CYFC 14s v Glentoran NIBFA Cup 11am MUSA

CYFC 16s v Sion Swifts NIBFA League TBC TBC

Lurgan BBOB v CYFC 18s League TBC TBC