FIXTURES- First Team
NI Intermediate League – Sat 24th September 2pm Spires Park
Magherafelt Sky Blues v Newbuildings United
Under 11- LEAGUE – Saturday 24hth September 11am
Magherafelt Sky Blues v Limavady Youths
Under 12- LEAGUE – Saturday 24th September 11am
Derry Colts v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Under 13- LEAGUE – Friday 23rd September 7.30pm Moyola Park
Magherafelt Sky Blues v Glendowan
Under 14- LEAGUE – Saturday 24th September 10.30am
Carniny Youths v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Under 16- LEAGUE – Saturday 24th September 11.15am Spires Park
Magherafelt Sky Blues v Ballinamallard United
Reserves- LEAGUE –Saturday 24th September 2pm Allen Park
Chimney Corner Reserves v Magherafelt Sky Blues Reserves
All players are requested to check the Blues website for the latest training details.
Under 16- Training this Thursday night at St Mary’s at 7 O’ clock
£2 & shin pads. With only 15 players allowed on the team sheet on Saturday’s it leaves a lot of players without a game. We want at some stage of the season to use everyone so please keep attending training.
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 – Irish Cup – Magherafelt Sky Blues 2, Crewe United 0
Reserves – LEAGUE – Killymoon Rangers 2, Magherafelt Sky Blues 1
Under 11 LEAGUE –Institute 0, Magherafelt Sky Blues 8
Under 13 LEAGUE – Oxford United Stars 3, Magherafelt Sky Blues 1
Under 14 LEAGUE –Tristar Boys 4, Magherafelt Sky Blues 2
Under 16 LEAGUE – Magherafelt Sky Blues 6, Craigavon Youths 1
The seventh Magherafelt Sky Blues Ground Development Lotto has been drawn for the new season.
The Hi Number was 36. The Lo Number was 2. The Bonus Number was 5. *Results taken from the National Lottery Draw (Saturday) No one matched the correct numbers. The £25 lucky dip winner was Derek Lynn. Tickets are on sale for next Saturday’s draw from all committee members. The jackpot is now £275
Blues U16s Hit Six
The Sky Blues U16s travelled to a blustery Gordon Park in Lurgan and came home with an impressive 6-1 victory over Craigavon. The Blues scored early on when the Craigavon defence failed to deal with a swerving cross from Conan McAleese and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Desmond McColgan prodded home the Blues second and his second goal of the season.
The Blues third goal was started in midfield by Jake Taylor who after some nice one touch football with McAleese and Aidan Doyle received the ball inside the box and scored with a nice left foot finish coolly slotted by the keeper. The Blues fourth came from a solo effort by central midfielder Kieran Lynch who side stepped two defenders and rifled past the keeper from a full 25 yards.
The Blues squandered a lot of chances and the half ended at 4-0. Craigavon pulled a goal back early on in the second half with some sloppy marking by the defence. Left midfielder Kieran Lynch restored the 4 goal deficit with a fine finish from outside the box.
The same player made it six for the Blues after Jake Taylor delivered a wicked free kick to the back post which Lynch met with a bullet header to produce a fine win for the Blues.
Man of the match: Odhran Mullen, the big central defender never put a foot wrong the whole game. Next Saturday the Under 16’s play Ballinamallard at Spires Park in the league with the ko at 11 15 am. Training this Thursday night at St Mary’s at 7 O’ clock
Tristar 4 MSB 2
In a game that Magherafelt Sky Blues played the better football, there was nothing to take home from the long journey to the Maiden City.
Determined to put last week’s disappointment behind them, the Sky Blues settled quickly and began to pound the Tristar defence on all fronts. With Devlin and Maguire combining well on the left hand side, and good penetration from McFetridge and Kerr on the right, it looked as though the pressure would eventually make the breakthrough. McCann and McCluskey looked composed and in control in the centre of the park. However, it was Tristar who opened the scoring after 15 minutes, breaking through on the right hand side to put in a cross that was finished clinically. Tristar 1 MSB 0 Minutes later, Hancock pulled off a good save to recover from an earlier error conceding an indirect free kick.
MSB again took the game to Tristar down the right wing, Kelly connecting with a half volley on goal that the big Tristar keeper dealt comfortably with. On 20 minutes, Devlin was unlucky with a superb 25 yard drive, the towering keeper again easily dealing with it.
McAllister’s free kicks in particular turning defence into attack. However 4 minutes before half-time, a momentary loss of concentration saw Sky Blues concede a second from a quickly taken free kick. Half-time: Tristar 2 MSB 0 MSB started the second half with good tempo, McCann striking over after 4 minutes. On 9 minutes, their pressure finally paid off with the alert Monaghan pouncing on a parried save after a McAllister pile-driver of a free-kick from close range. Tristar 2 MSB 1 Game on. Kelly was unlucky a minute later, making space in the box to unleash a left foot shot that was again saved by the keeper. The elements then came to the rescue of Tristar, with torrential rain making underfoot conditions treacherous and dampening MSB’s maurauding football. Against the run of play, Tristar struck a hammer blow on 23 minutes with a third, their smaller forwards interplaying quickly and finishing well. Tristar 3 MSB 1. McCann and McCluskey continued to work tirelessly in midfield to win possession and create. However the killer blow was struck after 29 minutes following a horrible collision between Hancock and Martin, hurting both players in the process and allowing the Tristar player to easily run the ball home. Tristar 4 MSB 1 Game over with 6 minutes remaining? Not for this team! Arrell was introduced and gave fresh legs and bite down the left side as MSB took the game to Tristar again. With 1 minute to go, MSB won a free kick almost 30 yards out. McCann stepped up to hit an unstoppable strike into the top right hand corner, leaving the big keeper helpless. But it was too little too late. A desperately disappointing result given the way Sky Blues played, but that’s football! Man of the Match was a near impossible call for coach McCluskey, given a number of notable performances. McAllister and Martin showed great play-making ability from defence; Devlin and McFetridge were penetrating and incisive down the flanks; McCann and McCluskey made an impressive midfield pairing, enhanced by McCann’s long-range fire power; Kerr was a continual thorn down the right side. Man of the match this week finally went to Manus McAllister for his best game of the season, playing a captain’s role in the centre of defence.