Magherafelt Reds 6
Upperlands were all out of ‘aces’ when they visited Magherafelt on Saturday to take on their local rivals at Meadowbank.
The Reds were fastest out of the blocks on this cold windy derby day and put the Upperlands defence under pressure from the very start.
The home side did not take long to get the scoring off the mark with Rory ‘Cabbage’ McGeehan striking a lovely shot past the Upperlands keeper. The Reds in form front man Paul Taylor was onhand to add to the score line and take his seasons tally to 15.
Skipper Ciaran McDonald, who put in a man of the match performance, was not to be outdone by the earlier two goals when he scored a perfectly taken shot from the 18 yard box.
The Reds were piling on the attack and saw the Upperlands keeper make some good saves and the posts and cross bar denying many chances.
Jasy Martin was in superb form in his partnership with Taylor and scored a hatrick to take the game well and truely out of the visitors’ reach; he could have had a double hatrick on the day with a hail of strikes missing narrowly throughout the game.
Upperlands pushed hard to get on the scoresheet and earned a consolation goal when the Reds defence was caught sleeping. The little Upperlands attacker nipped and to finish well past Nial Martin who had little to do all day.
Reds: N. Martin, McDonald, Anderson, B. Martin, Graham, R. Taylor, McGeehan, St.Devlin, Sn. Devlin, P. Taylor, J. Martin Subs: Montague, O’Neill, Martin
A great performance from the home side who will be confident when they travel to Coleraine Liverpool Supporters Club on Saturday in what is sure to be a good footballing game. The following Saturday, 17th November see the Reds back at home again when Limavady side Roe Valley are the visitors.
The committee and players of Magherafelt Reds Football club would like to extend their sympathies to the family of Andrew ‘Shuney’ Moore who sadly passed away on Saturday morning. A well known figure in local football as well as a friend and school mate, he will be missed in the area.