Sky Blues U13 fall to leaders

Sky blues U13 travelled to Lurgan to play joint League leaders Glenavon on Saturday. With new signing Michael Stewart in the team the Blues started brightly and took the game to Glenavon.

With Ciaran Shields and Alex Doherty working hard upfront they were restricted to a couple of good chances which they failed to convert.
As the game progressed both defences began to get on top. The first half ended scoreless. As the second half developed Glenavon began to get on top and despite sterling work from man of the match Aaron McKee and Ben McErlain Glenavon scored from a fortuitous cross which floated into the top corner to put Glenavon ahead.

The Blues went on attack and Cormac Murphy nearly equalised with a shot which the keeper just managing to keep out .With the Blues now chasing the game Glenavon scored two late goals to seal a 3-0 win.
Overall this was a good team performance and on another day the Blues could have won this game

Anyone interested in joining the club will be most welcome.Tuesday 30rd October at Meadowbank Indoor from 7pm to 8pm for £3. Please note - £10 membership must be paid on Tuesday night.

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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 David Hawthorne. Tickets are on sale for next Saturday’s draw from all committee members. The jackpot is now £875.

Magherafelt Sky Blues Galaxy lost their first game of the season today against Bertie Peacocks and they learned that goals and not possession wins games. (There’s one for free for Brendan Rodgers).

The Sky Blues seemed to start brightly and were threatening from both wings, Aaron Donnelly was a powerhouse down the left flank and Jamie Gribben was delivering quality crosses from the right. But real credit must go to Bertie Peacocks who defended in numbers and broke collectively with real drive and slick passing.

For the first time in a while the Sky Blues looked shaky at the back and were really slow to close down their opposite numbers. Disaster struck after 15 minutes when Bertie Peacocks broke quickly and after a couple of failed attempts to clear the unfortunate Jarlath McWilliams turned the ball into his own net.

This should have shaken the ‘Wee’ Blues into life but they continued in the same lack lustre fashion and were punished again when Bertie Peacocks broke through the centre, and yet again the Sky Blues midfield did not show any desire to track back leaving them outnumbered at the back.

The Bertie Peacock striker took full advantage and finished with no pressure being applied. It took the introduction of Caolan Crozier to steady the ship and he gradually took control at the back. With half time fast approaching and the Sky Blues desperately trying to get back into the game, a moment of real quality gave them the lifeline they urgently needed. Jamie Gribben picked the ball up outside the box and stepped inside his marker he then curled the ball accurately low and into the bottom corner of the net, a real piece of quality.

At halftime the ‘Wee’ Blues promised to rectify the mistakes of the first half and went out with a renewed determination. Right from the off the Galaxy team were far quicker to the ball, Rory Clarke started to win more ball in midfield, Conleth Mallon was buzzing around linking up the play, and Caolan Crozier continued to command the backline.

The ‘Wee’ Blues pushed forward in numbers and put real pressure on the Bertie Peacock defence. This led to a series of corners from Jamie Gribben and Aaron Donnelly that were crying out for someone to attack them in the air but a combination of dogged defence and expert goalkeeping continued to keep the Sky Blues out.

The Sky Blues carved out several clear cut chances but their players shot weakly when really well placed. This was one of the most one sided halves of football you will ever see but it is goals that win games and too often when well placed the young Blues either hurried their shots or took an extra touch when it wasn’t needed.

In a frantic effort to get back on even terms the Sky Blues pushed extra players forward and this allowed Bertie Peacocks to break one final time to add insult to injury.

On the bus on the way home the Galaxy players all demanded to know who the man-of-the-match would be. The Bertie Peacock manager singled out Ryan Lennox for his industrious display and this Galaxy coach has selected Jamie Gribben who repeatedly played quality balls that on another day would have produced a string of goals this came on top of his excellent finish in the first half that kept the Sky Blues in the game.

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