Sky Blues News

THE superbly successful Magherafelt Sky Blues IFA Approved Mini Soccer Centre, sponsored by Ronan Valley, returns on Saturday 3rd March.

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 2011 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. Three of the sides currently play in NIBFA National League, the highest standard of youth football in Northern Ireland. A number of players that have come through the Mini-Soccer centre and youth teams have also been selected to attend the IFA County Excellence Centres which shows the level of opportunities that now exist for young players.

Please come along and enjoy a pre-match snack or half-time warm up at the new club shop. Fixtures for Saturday 18th February

First Team – League - 2pm –Magherafelt Sky Blues ; Reserves – League – 2pm –Magherafelt Sky Blues Reserves

Under 16 – League – 11am –Magherafelt Sky Blues v Valley Rangers Colts ; Under 14 -League - 11am –Magherafelt Sky Blues v Foyle Harps ; Under 13 – League Cup- 11am – Ridgeway Rovers v Magherafelt Sky Blues ; Under 12 –League Cup - 11 am –Magherafelt Sky Blues ; Under 11 – League - 11am –Magherafelt Sky Blues

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

Results- Under 16 – League – Moneyslane 0, Magherafelt Sky Blues 5

The Sky Blues U16 travelled to Banbridge to take on Moneyslane in the league and romped home 5 - 0 winners. After a series of chances the Blues went ahead when Jake Taylor broke through the defence, hit a shot which came of the keeper and Desmond McColgan was on hand to make it 1- 0.

Shea Murphy in goals was rarely troubled but when called into action with a 1 on 1 he pulled of a stunning save. The Blues had numerous chances before the half but poor finishing left the Blues a goal to the good at half time. At the start of the half man of the match Kieran Lynch scored an absolute cracker, Michael Lynch hit a deep corner and Kieran Lynch caught it full on the volley from 12 yards and smashed it beyond the keeper. Daniel Wright who made problems for Moneyslane was replaced with Johnny Douglas who had an immediate impact on the game, the ever impressive Johnny Connolly slid the ball to the wing which Douglas ran onto and crossed perfectly for Lynch to slot home.

The Blues defence of Dillan Fitzpatrick, Odhran Mullen, Luke McAllister and Michael Lynch gave the Slane attack no opportunities as the midfield duo of Taylor & Connolly continued to dominate and create chances. Dermott Nevin, Ciaran McKay and Connor McErlaine where introduced in the second half for McColgan, Kieran Lynch and Michael Lynch and the Blues fourth goal came when McErlaine got the ball to Connolly who released Douglas on the line again and the end result was the same as Aidan Doyle flicked home the winner and with a few minutes left Mullen scored the fifth from Taylor’s corner.

This was a good away performance for the Blues who take on Valley Colt Rangers in the League next week. This result leaves the Blues top and unbeaten in the league this season and 7 pts ahead of Armagh who have 2 games in hand.

Under 12 –League Cup – Linfield 6, Magherafelt Sky Blues 0

The Sky Blues U12s came up against their toughest opponents of the season in Linfield, at a boggy Mallusk, and despite being on the end of a 6 nil defeat, there were many positives to take from today’s game. Linfield went ahead after only 2 minutes and this set the tone for the rest of the game.

The ‘Wee’ Sky Blues gave their illustrious opponents too much respect in the opening exchanges, sitting back and inviting pressure. Linfield extended their lead shortly after and looked as if they would run up a cricket score but the Sky Blues dug in and came back into the game. Midway through the first half the Blues were denied what looked like a certain penalty following one of their rare forays into their opponent’s box but the referee remained to be convinced.

Eunan Mulholland was also becoming a thorn in the away teams defence, his pace caused the away team’s centre half all sorts of problems, as he repeatedly looked to get in behind the Linfield defence. The Sky Blues came within an inch of scoring when Eunan Mulholland raced onto a through ball and was coolness personified as he chipped the keeper only to see his effort bounce back off the post. The Sky Blues gave as good as they got in the last ten minutes of the first half but Linfield continued to carve out chances and notched a third shortly before half-time. The Sky Blues came out in the second half determined to keep their opponents at bay and they held out until 15 minutes into the second half when the constant Linfield pressure finally told.

There were great performances in the second half from Jack Bresland who kept the score down with some fine saves and safe hands, and Ciaran McCann also deserves special mention for a great second half performance where his tenacious tackling frustrated the home team over and over again.

Linfield breached the Sky Blues defence twice more to finally earn a convincing 6 nil victory, but the Sky Blues can hold their heads up high for their battling performance

The latest Magherafelt Sky Blues Ground Development Lotto has been drawn. No one matched the correct numbers. The £25 lucky dip winner for week 26 was Sean Kelly.

Tickets are on sale for next Saturday’s draw from all committee members. The jackpot is now £775