Sky Blues set up big derby clash with Moyola

MAGHERAFELT Sky Blues entertained Roe Rovers at Spires Park in the preliminary round of the Craig Memorial Cup and produced a wonderful display to book their place in the 1st round and a home tie against Moyola Park.

The Blues started the match on the front foot and put Roe Rovers under pressure straight away. The final pass was letting the Blues down but after 20 minutes they took the lead when Monaghan broke through the centre and rounded the keeper to put the Blues 1 up. Although Roe Rovers upped their game and started to put the Blues defence under a bit of pressure Blues keeper Farniok wasn’t troubled.

Meanwhile the Blues contrived to miss a few chances and the half ended with the score 1-0.

The Blues came out and took complete control of the 2nd half and began to play some wonderful football.

With Monaghan, Stewart and De Barros controlling midfield, Walls and Hasson causing havoc on the wings and the front two of Devlin and Beattie looking dangerous it seemed only a matter of time before the Blues extended their lead.

15 minutes in the 2nd goal arrived when Beattie beat the offside trap and as the keeper raced out he sent a wonderful chip to the net. The Blues kept pushing forward and Beattie scored again when he skipped past his marker and slid the ball home.

Badger, Steven O’Neill and Sexton all came on and added fresh legs and impetus and Roe Rovers were struggling to contain the Blues. Chances were created and missed, then Beattie was fouled as he bore down on goal with the defender receiving a red card. Beattie got up and took the free himself but the keeper pulled off an outstanding save to deny Beattie his hat trick.

The Roe Rovers keeper then produced 4 more good saves but was beaten again when Hasson fired to the net. The match ended shortly after with the final score 4-0.

A decent 1st half was followed by a wonderful 2nd half with Hasson just piping Monaghan for the man of the match award.

Team: Farniok, P O’Neill, Kells, Quinn, De Barros, Monaghan, Hasson, Stewart, Devlin, Beattie, Walls. Subs; Badger, S O’Neill, Sexton.

Mini soccer centre returns

Magherafelt Sky Blues Mini-Soccer Centre, sponsored by Ronan Valley, continues for the new 2012 season this Saturday 15th September between 10am and 11am at Spires Park

The centre which continues to attract large numbers begins its sixth consecutive season.
Last season proved to be a great Mini-Soccer season for the club and we would just like to thank all the players, guardians and parents for the continued support. The club would also like to make a special thank you to the coaches who help out each week and the main youth football sponsor, Ronan Valley Golf Course. Ronan Valley have been the main youth football sponsor for the club for the entire five seasons and the club are delighted with the support and backing we have received.
Once again this season the club will be eager to continue their engagement with the local youth.
The Mini-Soccer centre is aimed at players at primary school age and due to the success of this centre the club now has one of the strongest youth football structures in South Derry and Mid-Ulster. The club currently field six youth teams at Under 10 (2003), Under 11 (2002), Under 12 (2001), Under 13 (2000), Under 14 (1999), Under 15 (1998) and Under 17 (1996) age levels. Four of these sides will play in the NIBFA National League which is the highest level of youth football in Northern Ireland.
A number of new and exciting changes are planned for this season which will kick off on Saturday 4th August 2012. To stay informed of all Sky Blues news please visit www.skybluesfc.net

Training news

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

Anyone interested in joining the club will be most welcome.

Fixtures

First Team –Magherafelt Sky Blues

Reserves – League –Magherafelt Sky Blues v Mallusk Athlethic – 2pm ko

Under 15 – League – Carniny Youth v Magherafelt Sky Blues– Saturday 15th Sept 11am ko

Under 14 – League – Magherafelt Sky Blues v Carniny Youth- Wednesday 12th Sept 7pm ko

Under 14 – League – Magherafelt Sky Blues v Coleraine Academy – Friday 14th Sept 7pm ko

Under 12 – League –Magherafelt Sky Blues v Sion Swifts - Saturday 15th September 11am ko

Results

First Team – Craig Memorial Cup Prel Round –Magherafelt Sky Blues 4, Roe Rovers 0

Reserves – League – Antrim Rovers 4, Magherafelt Sky Blues 3

Under 15 – League – Magherafelt Sky Blues 3, Trojans 4

Under 14 – League – Glentoran 8, Magherafelt Sky Blues 0

Under 13 – League –Ballymoor 2 Magherafelt Sky Blues 1

Under 12 – League – Bertie Peacock Youth 3, Magherafelt Sky Blues 1.

Lotto

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 P Drummey. Tickets are on sale for next Saturday’s draw from all committee members. The jackpot is now £725.

Impressive Under 11s

As the opening of the season fast approaches, Magherafelt Sky Blues U11s travelled to Limavady where they fielded the Puma and Galaxy 9 aside teams that will take part in the North West & Coleraine league.

As the opening of the season fast approaches, Magherafelt Sky Blues U11s travelled to Limavady where they fielded the Puma and Galaxy 9 aside teams that will take part in the North West & Coleraine league. Both teams put in outstanding performances and both came away with impressive victories. The Sky Blues U11s will also enter a team in the NI Boys FA Cup and from today’s performances it will be a difficult task for the managers to pick a squad for this prestigious tournament. 


Limavady v Magherafelt Galaxy
The Galaxy team were slow out of the blocks and once again they took their time to settle into the game.

Limavady opened the scoring 5 minutes into the match following a quick breakaway out of defence.

The Sky Blues were slow to track back and they left Shea McGuckin helpless in goal when a scooped lob deceived him and ended up in the net. Limavady provided a robust challenge for the young Blues but they proved they were up to the challenge and as the first period wore on they more than matched their more physical opponents. First Period: Limavady 1 v 0 Magherafelt Galaxy
The 2nd period saw the Galaxy team up their performance and they pinned the away team back by playing some great passing football.

The platform for this improved performance came from the fantastic efforts of Caolan Crozier and Rory Clarke who won tackle after tackle to set up repeated Galaxy attacks, and the equalizing goal involved both these exciting players.

Caolan Crozier robbed the ball on the half way line and fed it to Rory Clarke who turned and thundered a shot past the despairing keeper from 15 yards out. The Sky Blues dominance was rewarded 5 minutes later when Rory Clarke crossed from the left hand side and Darragh Wade continued his hot goal scoring streak and tucked the ball crisply into the net.

With the end of the period approaching the Sky Blues defence switched off and were punished when a Limavady striker was left unmarked, but credit where it is due his finish was top drawer and flew into the top corner giving Shea McGuckin no chance. 
2nd Period: Limavady 2 v 2 Magherafelt Galaxy

The ‘Wee’ Blues continued where they left off as they worked tirelessly and played the free flowing football that is becoming their trademark. Conleth Mallon who was beginning to pull the strings passed to Aaron Donnelly who crossed for the prolific Darragh Wade to notch his 7th goal of this extended pre-season.

The Sky Blues were not finished there and following a Jon McAllister free-kick Aaron Donnelly swept the ball in at the back post. Final score: Limavady 2 v 4 Magherafelt Galaxy


Limavady v Magherafelt Pumas
Magherafelt Sky Blues ‘Pumas’ Under 11 squad played an enthralling friendly and came away 6-5 winners.

The young Blues started slowly and were two nil down in the first period. However, the Blues had played some lovely football and worked a number of short corners to their advantage.
1st Period: Limavady 2 v 0 Magherafelt Pumas
At the start of the second period the Blues fell three nil behind. It looked like it was going to be one of those days until Ross Spears strode forward and unleashed a screamer into the bottom corner. It was 3-2 when Matthew Walshe scored at the back post as a result of a Spears corner. The Blues scored an equaliser when Matthew Cowan controlled well and his well placed shot was deflected into the corner. 2nd Period: Limavady 3 v 2 Magherafelt Pumas 
The Blues had worked superbly to come back to level terms but then allowed Limavady to go 4-3 up. It wasn’t for long though as Spears smashed in yet another equaliser. Yet again a Blues mistake allowed Limavady to sneak 5-4 ahead. However this game was far from over and Ryan McMenemy confidently scored low into the home side net before racing through onto a Walshe through ball to make it 6-5 to the Blues.

A crazy game but great fun to watch. The Blues played great football and despite the mistakes deserved to win.

All the players need to work on their first touch, general awareness, anticipation and reaction time.

However, if they continue to listen to their coaches they are sure to continue developing as the season progresses.

Special praise must go to Conor Dyson who was outstanding on his debut in goals; Niall Bateson and Curtis Ewing who were strong in defence; Ross Spears and Ryan McMenemy who worked well together in centre midfield; Padraig Tang who had a super second period but needs to remember to do it in the rest of the game and help his team when not in possession; Matthew Cowan who worked tirelessly all day; Matthew Walshe who is a great talent but needs to be more alert and finally Oran Martin who battled tirelessly all day. Final score: Limavady 5 v 6 Magherafelt Pumas

Sky sports bulletin
The Sky Blues management are relieved that the transfer window has finally closed with Shea McGuckin signing an extended contract that sees him earning a window seat on the bus for every away game.