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Harry Cavan Youth Cup

A sizzling start to the game saw Cookstown Youth book their place in the semi-finals of the Harry Cavan Youth Cup at expense of visitors Rosario YC.

Cookstown raced into two goal lead inside the first three minutes at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena, seizing the advantage after barely 45 seconds when 'Man of the Match' Mark Larmore found the net with a superb finish.

Looking stunned, Rosario fell further behind 90 seconds after that after a well worked goal from James Kilpatrick extended Cookstown's lead.

The impressive Larmore continued to be a menace, covering every part of the pitch and always appeared to have the extra yard on the competition.

It was no surprise, then, that Cookstown stretched their lead on 23 minutes after skipper Keifer Scott pounced on the loose ball to fire past 'keeper Pat Cadden after he had done well to punch away an initial effort.

To their credit, Rosario didn't give up and might have reduced the arrears before the break only for a 25-yard free-kick to fizz just past an upright with home 'keeper Ben Young stranded.

Rosario came out the stronger side in the second half and seemed to be more dominant, pinning Cookstown back into their own half for long periods.

Cookstown seemed content to soak up the pressure safe in the knowledge of their commanding lead although, if anything, this spurred Rosario on.

They got their reward with ten minutes remaining when Stevie Chambers knocked home the rebound from his spot-kick that was initially well saved by Cookstown 'keeper Young.

Throwing caution to the wind, they also got a second through substitute Gary Lynch but, one-on-one with Young, could only send theball just the wrong side of the post.

Final score: Cookstown Youth 3-1 Rosario YC

Caption: Maurice Johnston of the Irish FA Youth and Junior Committee presents Cooktown Youth's Mark Larmore with the 'Man of the Match' Trophy (Picture: Gary Hancock)

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