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NI Intermediate League – Sat 8th October 2pm Spires Park

Magherafelt Sky Blues v NFC Kesh

Under 11- League – Sat 8th October 11am

Maiden City Academy v Magherafelt Sky Blues

Under 12- League – Sat 8th October 11am

Maiden City Academy v Magherafelt Sky Blues

Under 13- League – Sat 8th October 11am

Magherafelt Sky Blues v Institute

Under 14- League – Sat 8th October 11am

Magherafelt Sky Blues v Trojans

Under 16- League – Sat 8th October 10.30

St Mary’s v Magherafelt Sky Blues

Reserves- League – Sat 8th October 2pm Moneymore

Magherafelt Sky Blues Reserves v Kilbride Swifts

Training News

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

U13- Our training this week will be held OUTDOOR at Meadowbank from 6.45 to 8 pm- Cost £2 After last weekends defeat it is important all squad members attend

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

Firsts – League – Draperstown Celtic 2 Magherafelt Sky Blues 4

Reserves – League – Magherafelt Sky Blues 2, Desertmartin Reserves 0

Under 12 League – Magherafelt Sky Blues 7, Bertie Peacock Youths 0

Under 13 League – Armagh City Youths 4 Magherafelt Sky Blues 0

Under 14 League –Carniny Youths 2, Magherafelt Sky Blues 2

Lotto

The 9th Magherafelt Sky Blues Ground Development Lotto has been drawn for the new season.

The Hi Number was 4. The Lo Number was 41. The Bonus Number was 29. *Results taken from the National Lottery Draw (Saturday) No one matched the correct numbers. The £25 lucky dip winner was A Kenning. Tickets are on sale for next Saturday’s draw from all committee members. The jackpot is now £300

Nicman Inspires Blues To Victory

For the second time in a few weeks the Blues made the short trip to Draperstown to take on the local Celtic side and after a hard fought battle came away with the 3 points.

This time the Blues faced a full strength Draperstown side after having triumphed previously against a very much under strength side but once again came out on top.

After last weeks defeat when their failure to score cost them the Blues welcomed back centre forward Nicman and he proceeded to torture the Draperstown defence scoring 2 and setting up the other 2.

The game started and the Blues were gradually getting on top with Nicman again getting free and crossing a couple of times but the Draperstown defence recovered well to clear. A goal finally arrived when Nicman flicked on for Devlin who hit a cracker from 25 yards into the top corner giving the keeper no chance.

Draperstown had a couple of good chances with Murray unable to stretch enough to Flanagan’s cross and headed over and a goalmouth scramble which the Blues just about cleared so the half ended with the Blues 1 up.

Draperstown made a few positional changes at the start of the second half and proceeded to pile on the pressure on the Blues defence. Eventually that pressure told when following a free on left Flanagan stole in behind the Blues defence to equalise.

Draperstown were on top now but slowly the Blues started to get back into the game and the introduction of Walls and Stewart from the bench helped the Blues to gain control again. Nicman then scored from a Stewart cross to make it 2-1 and with Draperstown pushing forward looking for an equaliser Devlin from a Nicman cross and Nicman himself both scored to make the game safe. Nicman then had a chance for his hatrick but was denied by an excellent save by Devlin. In the 92nd minute Higgins scored for the home side to leave the final score 4-2.

A good team performance from all involved with Martin again man of the match and 3 important league points.

TEAM; O’Neill, Scullion, Mallon, Martin, O’Kane, Hawe, McGuckin, Niblock, Nicman, Devlin, Monaghan. Subs; Walls, Stewart, Quinn

What a difference a week makes! Last week the Sky Blues U12s were soundly beaten by an impressive Derry Colts team, but this week following some hard work in training, the ‘Wee’ Sky Blues delivered an outstanding performance to win 7 nil at home to Bertie Peacocks. The first goal came after 7 minutes when Charlie Duffy slipped the ball through to Pearse McLarnon who finished with a crisp low shot. Two minutes later the home team were 2 up, this time the impressive McLarnon split the defence and the lively Eunan Mulholland was on hand to score. The last 15 minutes of the first half was a fairly even affair with both teams cancelling each other out. The Sky Blues flew out of the blocks in the second half and Alex Doherty made it three from a pinpoint Shields corner, nearly ripping the net with a bullet header. Five minutes later it was 4, Cormac Murphy cut in from the left hand side and smashed a shot from the edge of the box into the far corner giving the keeper no chance.

Number five came two minutes later Pearse McLarnon burst through the middle with real power and technique and again finished coolly. McLarnon had a hand in the sixth goal as well when he harassed the opposing defence in the box, his pressure paid off when the ball broke kindly to Eunan Mulholland who made no mistake.

The final goal capped off a great display from the Sky Blues, and it was fitting that it came from the mercurial Murphy who waltzed through the away teams defence like a hot knife through butter before calmly finishing when one on one with the keeper. Magherafelt Sky Blues Under 14s put in an excellent display to claim a deserved point against Carniny Youth following a run of successive defeats in the NIBFA National League. The young Blues, who had lost 3-0 in the corresponding fixture last Saturday to Carniny, drew 2-2 in a very evenly balanced game. All the players should take great heart from this performance as it demonstrated the ability they have. For all the early pressure from the Blues it was Carniny who took the lead. It was an excellent goal when a defence splitting pass was converted past Ronan Cassidy in the Blues goal. That was an unfortunate moment for the Blues defence as they had been excellent for most of the half.

The Blues grabbed a very much deserved equaliser when McAllister played in McCluskey and the flying forward raced between the two centre halves and slammed into the net past the onrushing keeper. Both teams had a number of chances before the half time break but neither could capitalise. Then typical of the National League and the high standard on display a moment’s lack of concentration cost the Blues dearly.. However, this team have shown over the past two years they have superb heart, and this was demonstrated again yesterday. They dusted themselves down and following a corner McErlaine worked hard to win the ball back before chipping forward. His pass found Doherty who showed great commitment to dive in and angle a pass to McCluskey who raced clear and coolly slotted in. Great play and a great goal.