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Development B Final One To Remember

Friday 31.05.2024
Team Talk Mag

Under 14 Development B league final

Cookstown 4-9 2-8 Carrickmore

Cookstown picked up their second development title within a week when they claimed the B title following Sunday’s C success. Once again it was Carrickmore who had to settle for runners up but they more than played their part in an exciting contest which kept the crowd gripped to the end.

Cookstown having won the toss had home advantage and dominated the early minutes but failed to trouble the register on the score board.

The first score arrived in the 8th minute, Jack Darragh in the Cookstown goal did well to save from Gormley, but the rebound fell to Cathal Coyle to fire to the net. Moments later things got significantly better for Carrickmore when Conn Keyes took advantage of hesitancy in the home defence to poke to the net and double the advantage. Cookstown were reeling and their cause wasn’t helped by early injuries to captain Rory Fox and Shea O’Gara which saw both players withdrawn.

The impressive Seanie Donnelly kicked a brace of points for Carmen and the lead could have been much greater as a Darragh save and a Brian Dudek goal line clearance prevented further goals.

Cookstown’s first score arrived in the 13th minute through a Sean Marty Rogers free, and they had to wait a further nine minutes to score again. crucially it was a goal, Rory Rushe with a neat finish. Tiernan Glackin almost found the net in the next attack but Darragh McElduff made a sharp save. Daniel Gillen and the Dudek brothers Brian and David all registered points as Cookstown clawed their way back into the game. The revival was complete when Seamus Connolly’s high delivery deceived the keeper and found the net to give the home side the lead for the first time in injury time of opening period. Micheal Gallagher converted his second score of the half and tied up the game at 2-4 each at the break.

Similar to the first half, the Fr Rocks had the majority of possession early on but found scores hard to come by. Ryan Mulgrew and Conn Keyes exchanged points before John Joe Coyle’s goalbound shot was tipped over the bar as the Rocks edged back in front. The recently introduced Matty Coyle hit a point almost immediately nudging Cookstown two clear. Carmen responded with points from Keyes and Donnelly and with 12 minutes remaining it was level once again.

An outrageous Matty Coyle point regained the lead and corner forward Daniel Gillen was in the right place with eight minutes remaining to score a crucial goal. Coyle was on target again as the lead was stretched to five points. Carrickmore threw everything at it but despite a third Gallagher point, Jack Darragh denied another goal and player of the match Brian Dudek making another important interception as the game entered added time. There was time for a final score when wonderful vision from Matty Coyle released Sean Marty Rogers and he raced towards goals before smashing the ball to the net.

Another great advertisement for youth football following Sunday’s two super finals.



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