FIXTURES- JJB Sports Irish Cup Round Two – Sat 22nd October 1.30pm Spires Park- Magherafelt Sky Blues v Immaculata
Under 11 -LEAGUE – Sat 22nd October 11am - Ballymoney Youths v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Under 12 - LEAGUE – Sat 22nd October 11am- Dungannon Youths v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Under 13 - LEAGUE – Friday 21st October 7.30pm - Glenavon v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Under 14 -LEAGUE – Sat 22nd October 11am - Coleraine Academy v Magherafelt Sky Blues
Reserves - LEAGUE – Sat 22nd October 2pm - Larne Olympic v Magherafelt Sky Blues Reserves
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
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
Reserves – LEAGUE – Ballynure Old Boys B 1, Magherafelt Sky Blues 1
Under 11 LEAGUE – Magherafelt Sky Blues 4, Moyola Park 0
Under 12 LEAGUE – Maiden City Academy 4, Magherafelt Sky Blues 3
Under 13 LEAGUE – Magherafelt Sky Blue 1, Ridgeway Rovers 4
Under 14 LEAGUE – Warrenpoint Town 1Magherafelt Sky Blues 2
Under 16 LEAGUE – Dungannon Youths 1 Magherafelt Sky Blues 1
The11th Magherafelt Sky Blues Ground Development Lotto has been drawn for the new season.
The Hi Number was 46. The Lo Number was 7. The Bonus Number was 14. * Results taken from the National Lottery Draw (Saturday) No one matched the correct numbers. The £25 lucky dip winner was Sean Monaghan. Tickets are on sale for next Saturday’s draw from all committee members. The jackpot is now £375
Magherafelt Sky Blues Under 11’s played their first ever competitive league game at Spires Park last Saturday against Moyola Park.
The young Blues recorded a very comfortable 4-0 victory against a very resilient Moyola side. This was an excellent performance by the home side as they demonstrated great pace, composure and ability to ensure they maintained their unbeaten start to the season. The Blues dominated the entire game and for long periods Moyola were encamped in their 18 yard box. It took some super defending from the visitors to keep the score line down and great credit must go to the Moyola keeper who made numerous excellent saves. It looked as if the Blues would never score as the Blues saw shot after shot blocked and chances cleared from the goal. It was going to take a wonder strike to break Moyola residence and it came in the form of a stunning Hawe goal. With 15 minutes of the game left Hawe scored what is certainly a goal of the season contender. He picked up the ball 30 yards out, beat three players before firing a rasping drive from 25 yards into the goal via the crossbar. From that point on Moyola were deflated and the Blues took the opportunity to expose a tiring defence. McKenna clipped a brilliant pass through to the mobile Doherty and the bustling youngster nutmeged the advancing keeper to make it 2-0. Maynes and substitute Johnny McErlaine then combined down the right which resulted in Maynes being fouled in the penalty area. Hawe stepped up and fired an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner for 3-0. Diamond was played through and with only the keeper to beat he fired narrowly past the post. Cahir Glass then raced clear through and his shot was brilliantly stopped by the Moyola keeper. Pat Shivers who was superb throughout the game, and looks one of the best prospects at the Blues, played a wonderful pass to Doherty who placed his low shot into the corner of the net to make it 4-0. This was a super overall team performance ably helped by all substitutes including Darryl Hughes and Shane Bradley. Men of the match on the day goes to three players. Hawe for his stunning strike to open the scoring and overall energetic performance. He is joined by Patrick Bateson and Pat Shivers who simply ooze quality and ultimately give this very impressive young team a very strong foundation for the attacking players to demonstrate their undoubted flair and scoring ability.
Sky Blues U16’s draw to Dungannon
A bumpy pitch and wet conditions set the tone for this scrappy game at White City. This was the Blues first game in three weeks and they seemed to be a bit ring rusty and came away from Dungannon disappointed after conceding a very late goal against a dogged Dungannon team.
Dermott Nevin put the Blues a goal up early into the second half after great work by the man of the match Aidan Doyle. The first half was very one sided with the Blues having all the possesion but wave after wave of attack came to nothing. Kieran Lynch and Michael Lynch on the left and Conan McAleese and Johnny Connolly on the right where bombarding the Dungannon box with quality balls but to no avail.
Jake Taylor delivered a great free kick that Luke McAllister almost got on the end of but the half ended scoreless but not before Dermott Nevin hit a thunderous shot that looked goal bound only for the keeper to pull off a sensational save.
He did get his rewards in the second half and put the Blues one up after Aidan Doyle crossed the ball into him. Shea Murphy in goals pulled off a great stop from a Dungannon header from a corner but the warning signs were flashing as the Blues conceded a goal in similar fashion.
Daniel Wright came on and spiced things up on the right as did Connor McErlaine, Peter Stuart played the last 10 minutes of the game. The Blues had to settle for the draw and the game ended up 1 1
Magherafelt Sky Blues U12 3 v 4 Maiden City U12
The Sky Blues may have lost this game but the effort, determination and skill was a delight to watch. The defensive side of the game that will see them win games like this will follow naturally over time. The young team got off to the worst possible start going a goal down in the first 5 minutes. An early defensive lapse ended in the ball being lifted high over the head of Jack Bresland, who had no chance to save this early effort. However this goal was soon cancelled out by man-of-the-match Caolan Coyle who scored a brilliant free-kick from all of thirty yards. What a display Coyle produced over the 60 minutes of this game, he was brave in the tackle, cool on the ball and time and again was on hand to cut out any danger from the Maiden City forwards. Maiden City were definitely the better team in the first half and they extended their lead to 3-1 before the Sky Blues even started to play. But the young Sky Blues team are hard to contain when in possession and Ciaran Shields, Cormac Murphy and Pearse McLarnon started to push the away team back with some great dribbling and inter-play. The ever industrious Jack McCoy pulled one back with a great shot into the corner of the net and the mercurial Murphy scored a fantastic toe-poke (this was a real piece of skill) from the edge of the box to bring the sides level at half time. The young Sky Blues team should be proud of their second half performance. Apart from one slip which saw Maiden City squeeze the ball under the body of Jack Bresland the away team didn’t look likely to score.
Caolan Coyle hit the bar from another great free-kick and Eunan Mulholland still mustn’t be able to believe how the brave Maiden City keeper kept his fierce drive out with his face.