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Youth title hopes ended

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Youth title hopes ended thumbnailRyan O'Neill challenges for the ball. SC19327

CYFC Seniors 1 Newington 3

COOKSTOWN Youth seniors came into this game against reigning division champions Newington knowing anything less than a victory would end their chances of winning the league.
As early as the fifth minute, CYFC could have opened the scoring when a ball whipped into the box by Megarry just evaded the outstretched foot of Drew Kelly.
Newington were now starting to find their stride and were keeping the Cookstown back four on their toes.
A few rash tackles around the Cookstown penalty box led to a few heart stopping moments for McEllhatton in goal but all Newington's efforts went the wrong side of the post.
Dardis took a free kick for Cookstown but forward Ally Young put his header over the crossbar.
In the 20th minute, Newington took the lead.
Lacklustre play from the home side gave the visitors possession and within a blink of an eye Daniel Moore placed the ball past McEllhatton in the CYFC goal to make the score 1-0.
Young was replaced by O'Neill on the half hour due to an injury.
CYFC were struggling to break down the well drilled Newington defence but they did come out in the second half with all guns blazing. However, all their efforts were all comfortably dealt with by the Newington goalkeeper.
On 60 minutes both Drew and Barrie Kelly were replaced by Larmour and Scott, with the hope of the locals levelling the score. McEllhatton was in fine form again when he superbly tipped over a Newington freekick which had goal written all over it.
Just when Cookstown thought they had weathered the storm, Newington extended their lead, when again from some sloppy play CYFC lost possession and there was Nial Southam to extend the visitors lead.
Things got worse for the locals when James Leslie went off injured and the locals had to play out the rest of the game with 10 men.
Cookstown, to their credit, never gave up and had a few half chances from O'Neill and Larmour but neither could find the magical touch that would give the local side a goal.
On the 85th minute came the goal that ended the game as a competition and Cookstown's slim chance of winning the league. Havor, who had just came on as sub for Newington cut inside the right wing and shot past McEllhatton into the Cookstown goal.
In injury time, Scott scored a consolation goal for CYFC but it was too little, too late.
The referee blew the full time whistle and Newington were crowned Ballymena Division 1 champions.
Cookstown Seniors now turn their attention to this Friday, 12 May, when they play Woodlands in the final of the Canada Trophy. CYFC are the current holders and will be all out to retain this trophy. Fixture to be played at Allen Park, Antrim with a 7pm kick off.
CYFC - G McEllhatton, Leslie, Dardis, S McEllhatton, Young, Megarry, B Kelly, D Kelly, Stewart, McGarvey, McKenna.
Subs - Larmour, J Scott, K Scott, O'Neill.

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