MAGHERAFELT Sky Blues Under 10 (2002) team successfully defended its Larne Youth 7s title over Easter.
The young Blues played superbly throughout the day and recorded some fine victories including wins over Carniny and Limavady United. The Blues had to endure a marathon penalty shoot-out just to get out of their group stage after there was a three tie off. This secured a route through to the semi-final where they played Limavady United. A last minute thunderbolt from Daniel Robinson secured a 1-0 win to book a place in the final. After seven enthralling matches to get to the final the young Blues played St. Mary’s. Despite tired minds and bodies the Blues battled to earn a 2-2 draw to take the game to penalties. Ryan Lennox and Daniel Robinson both grabbing the two important goals. In the shootout Aidan McCluskey, Conleth Mallon and finally Jamie Gribben scored the all-important penalties to secure victory. Well done to the boys on a brilliant days entertainment. Many thanks to the great parental/guardian support on the day as well.
Mini-Soccer Centre Returns
The Magherafelt Sky Blues IFA Approved Mini Soccer Centre, sponsored by Ronan Valley, is up and running.
The Mini Soccer Centre, which takes place at Spires Park, is suitable for players in Primary School and takes place every Saturday at 10-11am. The centre is now in its sixth season and attracts over 100 players each week. Registration forms are available at Sportique and in Meadowbank Sports Arena. Alternatively these can be downloaded from the club’s website at www.skybluesfc.net and going to the Club Info and Documents page. Registration forms must be completed and brought with the players on their first day. It costs £2 each week. We have a one off membership fee of £5 which can be paid at any time over the first 4 weeks. All players that pay the membership fee get a Free Magherafelt Sky Blues gift. The Mini Soccer centre is now at the core of Magherafelt Sky Blues youth football setup. As a result of the clubs commitment to developing young local players they have managed to establish a number of teams at different age levels including U10, U11, U12, U13, U14 and U16.
New Club Shop Now Open
Please come along and enjoy a pre-match snack or half-time warm up. Fixtures
U11 KO Cup Final Wednesday 25th April Coleraine Showgrounds 7pm - Dungiven Celtic v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Under 12 – NL Plate Semi Final – Saturday 28th April noon – Glenavon v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Under 12 – League Cup – Tuesday 1st May 7.15pm – Sion Swifts v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Under 13 – League Cup – Wednesday 25th April 7.15pm – Institute v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Under 13 – League Cup – Saturday 28th April 11am- Magherafelt Sky Blues v Ridgeway Rovers
All players are requested to check the Blues website for the latest training details.
To keep up to date with all team information please visit www.skybluesfc.net
First – Challenge Cup Semi Final – Magherafelt Sky Blues 0, Strabane and Sion Swifts 1 after extra time
Under 16 – Knock Out Cup Final Lisdrum Youth 0, Magherafelt Sky Blues 4
Under 14 – NL U14 Plate Quarter Final – Foyle Harps 5, Magherafelt Sky Blues 0
Under 13 – League Cup – Magherafelt Sky Blues 2, Institute 1
Under 13 – League Cup – Warrenpoint 1, Magherafelt Sky Blues 4
Under 12 – League - Magherafelt Sky Blues 6, Glendowan 3
The Magherafelt Sky Blues Ground Development Lotto will continue next weekend.
No one matched the correct numbers last week. The £25 lucky dip winner for last week was Andrew Cooke.
Tickets are on sale for next Saturday’s draw from all committee members. The jackpot is now £325
U16s Secure Double
The Sky Blues accomplished a remarkable double on Saturday with an impressive 4-0 win over a strong and physical Lisdrum Utd in the knockout cup final after winning the Mid Ulster Youth League this season.
The Blues started slowly but the midfield duo of Desmond McColgan and Jake Taylor started to get a hold of the game and the Blues pushed men forward. In a hard hitting first half there were few chances but the Blues were playing some lovely football when good work between Conan McAleese, Kieran Lynch and Taylor put Aidan Doyle through but the striker couldn’t finish the move off.
The central defending partnership of Connor McErlaine and Luke McAllister mopped up every Lisdrum attack and the wing backs Conan McAleese and Michael Clark were solid throughout the match.
The Blues came out with more purpose in the second half and Aidan Doyle got onto a superb move by Clarke and Connolly and finished with a low drive. The Blues second came when McAleese played Connolly into the box and Connolly finished coolly. Lisdrum nearly got a goal a couple of minutes later only for the stand in keeper Dillon Fitzpatrick pulling of a superb shot.
The Blues regular keeper Shay Murphy is out for a month with a knee injury and we wish him a speedy recovery. Lisdrum were reduced to 10 men when their discipline let them down and the number 10 threw a head butt towards a Blues player, the referee showed a straight red and that incident effectively killed of the game.
Substitute Ciaran McKay came on and hit a great right foot strike from outside the box for the Blues third and Johnny Douglas scored the fourth with a great lob over the keeper after some fine work by McAleese. Peter Stuart and Daniel Wright came on as late substitutions and seen the game out. It was too difficult to pick a man of the match this week as every player on the park was outstanding. The Blues have the chance to accomplish an unbelievable treble when they play in the league cup semifinal next week and what a way that would be to finish off a great season for them.
Fine Top 3 Finish For U12s
The Sky Blues U12s finished their league campaign with a comfortable victory over Glendowan at Meadowbank Sports Arena. The home team showed their intentions early on and were an attacking force right from the first whistle.
It was only a matter of time for the opening goal to be scored following the intense pressure the Sky Blues forwards were piling on the away team. The goal was registered when Ciaran Shields fired a rasping shot which the keeper could only palm away and Pearse McLarnon was on hand to score from 5 yards.
The second goal followed 10 minutes later when Cormac Murphy put Alex Doherty through and he didn’t disappoint with an excellent finish into the far corner. At this point the Sky Blues thought they were home and dry and they became sloppy and lost their shape. This allowed Glendowan back into the game and they punished the home team following some sloppy defending. This sparked the ‘Wee’ Blues into action once more and Cormac Murphy extended their league with a crisp left foot drive following an incisive pass from Pearse McLarnon. The Sky Blues completely dominated the second period, but they were guilty of poor defending and ill-discipline which allowed the away team a faint glimmer of hope. The Blues started the half brightly and they took a 4-1 lead when Aaron McKee got the ball wide and fed it inside to Harry Evans who played the ball over the top for Pearse McLarnon to provide a real strikers finish.
Glendowan pulled one back against the run of play but the Sky Blues were capable of creating chances at any time and they duly restored their 3 goal lead when Alex Doherty who was having a barn-storming game lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box. The goal rush was still not over and Cathal Martin got in on the act finishing from close range following an Alex Doherty shot. Glendowan scored right at the death to make the final score 6 – 3 but it was a game were the Sky Blues could have scored a dozen goals given the number of chances they created.
Special mention must go to Jack McCoy who put in a great all round performance with hard work, skill and vision in equal measures