Magherafelt Sky Blues

Fixtures

First Team

CRAIG MEMORIAL CUP – Quarter Final – Sat 10th September 1.30pm FortwilliamPark

Tobermore United v Magherafelt Sky Blues

Under 11

FRIENDLY – Wednesday 7th September 7pm

Cookstown Youths v Magherafelt Sky Blues

Under 12

LEAGUE –Friday 9th September 6.30pm Cookstown Sports Arena

Magherafelt Sky Blues v Ballinamallard Utd

Under 13

LEAGUE – Saturday 10th September 11am Spires Park

Magherafelt Sky Blues v Derry Colts

Under 14

LEAGUE – Wednesday 7th August 6.45pm

Limavady Youths v Magherafelt Sky Blues

LEAGUE – Saturday 10th September 11am

Magherafelt Sky Blues v Warrenpoint Town

Under 16

LEAGUE – Saturday 10th September 10.30am Gortgonis

Magherafelt Sky Blues v Moneyslane

Reserves

LEAGUE –Saturday 10th September 2pm

Magherafelt Sky Blues Reserves v Tobermore United Reserves

Training News

All players are requested to check the Blues website for the latest training details.

TTo keep up to date with all team information please visit www.skybluesfc.net

Under 12

Training will be on Wednesday night this week at St. Mary’s from 6.30-8pm. £2 per player. I repeat WEDNESDAY night not Tuesday!

All player sponsor forms must be returned on Wednesday

Under 13

Training continues on WEDNESDAY night at St Marys at the usual time 6.30 - 8pm

Cost - £2 With a very difficult fixture against Derry Colts coming up this weekend it is important that we have a good turnout. Can all players who still haven’t returned their sponsor cards please bring them to training on Wednesday night

Mini Soccer Skills Development Mini-Soccer Centre – The IFA approved centre had closed down for a short summer break and returned on Saturday 13th August 2011 at 10am. This is aimed at players of primary school age. Please contact 07870 578593 for more details. Results

Firsts – LEAGUE – Ardstraw 2, Magherafelt Sky Blues 3

Reserves – LEAGUE – Magherafelt Sky Blues 1, Larne Olympic 0

Under 12 LEAGUE – Sion Swifts 5, Magherafelt Sky Blues 3

Under 13 LEAGUE – Magherafelt Sky Blues 5, Carniny Youths 2

Under 14 LEAGUE – Magherafelt Sky Blues 4, Portadown Youths 4; Trojans 1, Magherafelt Sky Blues 2

Lotto

The New Magherafelt Sky Blues 2011-12 lotto kicked off last week with tickets now on sale for £1 from all committee members.

To win you must match the lowest, highest, and bonus ball numbers from the lottery draw which takes place each Saturday evening. You simply enter your three numbers between 1-49 onto the envelope provided and the winner will be announced on the Sunday of each week. If no one picks the three correct numbers then a lucky dip winner is selected from all the entries and they will receive £25. They will be announced on the website on the Sunday. The prize fund increases by £25 if no one wins the Jackpot

Results

The fifth Magherafelt Sky Blues Ground Development Lotto has been drawn for the new season.

The Hi Number was 36. The Lo Number was 4. The Bonus Number was 31. Results taken from the National Lottery Draw (Saturday). No one matched the correct numbers. The £25 lucky dip winner was John McGuckin. Tickets are on sale for next Saturday’s draw from all committee members.

Fantasy League

The Sky Blues Fantasy League 2011-12 is now open for entries for youth players, senior players, parents, committee and supporters.

Simply follow the instructions below to enter and see if you can take the title from Mickey Devlin who won it last season. If you aren’t playing the game then you can register at http://fantasy.premierleague.com. Once you have logged in and entered your team, click on the ‘Leagues’ link at the top of the page. On the Leagues page: 1. Select the ‘Join a league’ option 2. Choose private league 3. Now enter the code 541981-145018 to join the Sky Blues Premiership private league. McLarnon ‘Messi’ Goal Not Enough To Avoid Defeat

Magherafelt Sky Blues Under 12 (2001) team travelled to Strabane on Tuesday night to play in their first NIBFA National League game of the season against Sion Swifts. This was a tough opening fixture for the young blues team, and despite a 5-3 defeat, at times showed they have the aptitude and attitude to compete at this level. Blues started slowly and struggled to come to terms with the continuous intensity of the step up in quality. It took some last ditch defending to keep the home side out. In a rare break away in the equal early exchanges the Blues took the lead. Pearce McLarnon, making Sky Blues debut, did brilliantly to find Cormac Murphy who fired low into the net from 18 yards. The Blues allowed the home side to not only equalise but take the lead. The Blues forced home an equalised when McLarnon played the creative roll by finding Murphy who again scored low to the net. The second half kicked off with the Blues taking the lead with one of the best goals we will see all season. McLarnon picked up the ball close to the bye-line before beating four players and the goalkeeper before cooling slotting past the defender on the line. Simply outstanding from the debutant. The home side finished 5-3 winners.

On the night we had some very strong performances including Captain, Caolan Coyle, Cormac Murphy and Ben McErlain. However, the man of the match goes to Pearce McLarnon, who in his first game set up two goals and then scored a ‘Messi’ magnificent goal for himself. Training continues on Wednesday 7th September from 6.30-8pm.

See-Saw Spectacle Shares the Spoils

Sky Blues U14’s opened their league account at Spires Park on Wednesday night with a 4 – 4 draw against top Irish League side Portadown U14s.

Playing with a skeleton squad and missing key players, the re-grouped U14 side under the experienced and shrewd management of Sean Monaghan began magnificently, opening the scoring in the first two minutes. Deep in the Portadown penalty area, Conor McCluskey played a quick one-two with fellow striker Mark Kelly and then calmly turned his marker to create the space to slot a left foot drive into the bottom corner. 1 – 0 Sky Blues. Sky Blues were fortunate to reach half-time with a 1-1 scoreline against a hungrier and more composed Portadown side. Against all the odds, Sky Blues responded with the character that had been their trademark last season. After good pressure, some six minutes later they won a penalty for handball. The captain, Manus McAllister, courageously stepped up to level the game at 2 – 2. Just four minutes later, a long free kick from McAllister was headed on by Conor McCann to the on-rushing Sean Og Monaghan. Oggy showed great strength in holding off the defender to get a low shot inside the left post. 3 – 2 Sky Blues. Dispossessing a Portadown player in the centre of the park, McCluskey set off with one thing on his mind. He knocked it past one player with pace, dummied inside a second defender and then struck a precision left-footed shot into the bottom right hand corner. 4 -2 Sky Blues, with a quarter of the game to go.

Man of the match goes to Conor McCluskey for arguably his most complete performance ever in a Sky Blues shirt. His tireless work-rate, his creativity and distribution and his quality of finishing were the hallmarks of an outstanding display

Blues U13s Start With Win

Magherafelt Sky Blues U13s entertained Carniny Youth at Spires Park On Thursday Evening in their first NIBFA National League game

After falling behind early on five minutes before the break a Sky Blues attack ended with a foul just outside the visitor’s box. Mark McGroggan stepped up to fire a free kick high above the keepers head to level the scores. From a Sky Blues attack the Carniny defence conceded a corner, Young swung the ball in and Padraig McGroggan meet the ball at the front post to power in his header and put the Blues in front. It wasn’t long before the outstanding McKeever scored his first of the night when he picked up a pass from midfield and put the ball past the Carniny keeper. McKeever was now in full flow and soon got his name on the score sheet again when he collected the ball from McGroggan and danced his way past two defenders before knocking the ball past the out coming keeper and coolly putting the ball into the bottom right to make it 4-1.

McKeever now had his chance for a hat trick and he curled a superb free kick round the wall and inside the post to make it 5-1

This was a fantastic start to their league campaign and it saw some excellent individual performances on the night, Joe Maybin and Liam Og McElhone at central defence were as solid as ever and the usual tireless display in midfield from captain Padraig McGroggan, but Man of the Match has to go to Ciaran McKeever for his hat trick and display of clinical finishing.