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Cookstown crash out of League Cup

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Cookstown crash out of League Cup thumbnailThe U18s before their game against Linfield Rangers

THE U16s faced local rivals Dungannon in the last four of the Mid-Ulster League Cup at White City 3G.

CYFC U16s...2
Dungannon Youth...3

In Baltic conditions Dungannon started strongly with their nlong throws and accurate delivery from corners testing the Whites back five of Gault, Montgomery, Mullan, Patterson and Cahoon.

In midfield Silva, Murphy and Bigger worked tremendously hard to breakdown Dungannon's passing game.

A fantastic run and cross by Bigger from the left was met by captain Donaghy who plundered the opener on 21 minutes at the back post.

Two minutes later the yellows were level when their centre half met a driven corner to head home from 10 yards.

Cookstown were caught napping when an avoidable free kick found a yellow at the near post unmarked to take the lead into the break.

Gault pulled off a fantastic save from a free before Donaghy rifled a shot over the bar.

With time running out Murphy struck a 30 yard free kick which nestled into the bottom left corner after a keeper error.

This elation was short lived when a penalty was awarded to the home team when a yellow went to the ground inside the box after a Cookstown challenge. Dungannon took the lead but ultimately two penalty decisions decided a very close run game.

CYFC U16s: K. Gault, R. Mullan, B. Patterson, K. Cahoon, A. Montgomery, J. Wilson, F. Silva, D. Bigger, S. Murphy, I. Donaghy, L. Glasgow, T. Mackle, H.Wilson, M. Mauro, P. Gabrysiak, J. Fraser.

 

CYFC U14s...1

Enniskillen Rangers...1

COOKSTOWN Youth U14's played Enniskillen Rangers at Dungannon White City on Saturday.

Cookstown started the game well and went ahead after five minutes when Ekiert slotted home after a fine through ball from Smith.

The sizzlers kept up the pressure and were unlucky not to score when Davidson's shot rebounded off the post and was cleared by the home team.

Enniskillen equalised just before half time when a long ball was not dealt with by the Cookstown defence.

The home side were left frustrated when they completely dominated the second half, creating several chances to score but unable to convert them.

 

Cookstown Youth U13s...2

Derry Colts...1

COOKSTOWN U13s came away with a terrific result from Thornhill College.

Just 12 boys made the trip, this coupled with the fact they played 10 minutes with 10 men in the first half as two players needed treatment for injuries made the result even more special.

Last week's second half performance was soon forgotten as goals from Stefan Donnelly and Calum Murphy inflicted only a second league defeat of the season on their opponents and gave the boys their first three points of National League A.

In truth it was a game of few chances as the wind and hardened surface made it difficult to play but the boys stuck to their tasks admirably and ground out the result.

Donnelly's fine finish came as a result of perseverance in the Derry Colts box and his low drive found its way past the keeper and the boys had something to cling to.

Devlin and Forbes were superb at the back, ably assisted by Donnelly and O'Hare who did everything they could to protect Monaghan in nets.

O'Hare, O'Donnell, Kane and Ferguson were combating well in tough conditions while Murphy, Donaghy and McNally had the unenviable task of trying to hold the ball up.

Their equaliser was a fine header and it was they who seemed to gain momentum but with just three minutes left to play, Murphy barged his way through two defenders to find himself one-on-one.

His left foot is a wand and he grabbed the three points and the celebrations began.

CYFC U13s: Monaghan Donnelly Se O'Hare Forbes Devlin O'Donnell Sh O'Hare Kane Ferguson Donaghy McNally Murphy

 

CYFC U18s...0

Linfield Rangers...5

The U18s made the short trip to Shamrock Park to play Belfast giants Linfield Rangers in the semi-final of the prestigious Harry Cavan Cup.

A tight first half saw the boys holding off the Blues for the first half an hour however Linfield edged in front after a blistering run through the middle of the park.

Mark Larmour went close on a number of occasions and at the other end under 17s player Tyler Anderson was outstanding thwarting attack after attack from Rangers.

Shortly before half time the U18s goalkeeper Ben Young bravely saved at the feet of a Blues forward and after treatment gingerly carried on until the half time whistle.

The second half started without Young who was concussed from the challenge in the first half and make shift right back Stevie Arrell became the make shift keeper and pulled off a few great reflex saves.

However the Belfast boys took advantage of the situation and went on to score four goals and book themselves a place in the Final.

A courageous performance from the Cookstown lads and an experience playing at a big ground well done to all involved.

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