Causeway Chronicle

Cooktown in final after penalty shoot-out

Portrush 1 Cookstown Youth 1

Cookstown Youth won on penalties

Luis McMaster 40′ for Portrush; Steven Arrell 90’+5′ for Cookstown Youth

Cookstown Youth substitute Steven Arrell came off the bench in the second half and popped up with a late equaliser to send this Afternoon League Cup tie into a penalty shoot-out.

In an evenly balanced first half, Portrush looked lively up front causing the Cookstown defence a few problems. They took the lead five minutes before the break through Luis McMaster with the South Derry team claiming offside as he ran through to slot past Benas Keturakis in goal.

However, in the second half, Cookstown were in control of the game for long periods mnissing several good chances to square the tie.

Portrush were under the cosh defensively but held firm, anything that did get through was dealt with by custodian Matthew Skeet.

As the game wore on, Portrush still looked dangerous on the break while at the other end, Cookstown were guilty of shooting too hastily from distance and missing a golden opportunity when the ball ran agonisingly along the goal line with Taylor just failing to get a touch.

Portrush too had a similar opportunity at the other end, Keturakis saving well and the ball being cleared to safety.

Just when all their pressure seemed to have fizzled out, up popped Arrell with an equaliser in the 95 minute of time added on to take the tie to the lottery of penalties. Here, Cookstown enjoyed the better of the opportunities to progress, and take their place in the final.

Commiserations to Portrush, congratulations to Cookstown Youth who thoroughly deserved to book their place in the final

Portrush: 1 Matthew Skeet GK 2 Brandon McCreadie 3 Bradley Clarke 4 Nicky Tweed 5 Charles Blair CP 6 Lewis Mitchell 7 Jude McIntyre 8 Luis McMaster 9 Jonathan Stewart 10 Daniel Wright 11 Curtis Hanson Substitutions 12 Jack Henry 13 Dylan Godfrey 14 William Wright 15 Adam McNeill 16 Jonathan Gawne 17 David Dunlop

Cookstown Youth Reserves: 1 Benas Keturakis GK 3 Patrick Kelly 4 Stephen Devlin CP 5 Rui Barros de Arruda 6 Nedas Miseckas 7 Cristhyan Maduro 8 Stefan Donnelly 12 Kevin Taylor
14 David Hanna 17 Ewan Cowden 20 Ryan O’Neill Substitutions 2 Kieffer Scott 9 Steven Arrell 11 Mark Montague 15 Peter McLean 16 Tom Wilkinson 18 Luke Donaghy 22 Jamie Kerrigan

Referee: Ian McCulloch
1st assistant: Darren Moran 2nd assistant: Norman Moore

Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
Cookstown Youths reach final. Pic: Maurice Bradley
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