Magherafelt Sky Blues U14
Magherafelt Sky Blues U14s entertained local rivals Cookstown Youth at a very blustery Meadowbank on Saturday in the NIBFA League.
Going into the match and with a renewed confidence following the previous week’s superb win against Glenavon, the young Blues were hoping to produce the same performance against a Cookstown side that have struggled in their first season in the league.
But it was the visitors who took control of the game and put the home side on the back foot. All over the pitch the blues failed to get into the game and allowed Cookstown to create attack after attack.
After 10 minutes Cookstown won a corner and when the ball was swung into the box the blues defence failed to deal with the danger and the ball found its way into the net to leave the home side trailing 1-0.
Cookstown continued to push forward and again won another corner. This time the blues were fortunate, again the ball was bundled into the net, but the referee blew for a foul. The introduction of Simon McErlain provided the spark that the blues needed and after 25 minutes they eventually found a way of getting into Cookstown box. McErlain picked the ball up on the half way line and attacked down the left.
The ball found its way to Shea Curry who danced around a couple of defenders and picked out the unmarked Stevie Greer who finished neatly at the back post to level the scores. The goal still failed to kick the blues into any sort of form and only for the back line of Deccy Martin, Liam Og McElhone, Paul Pijl and Tiernan Canavan the young blues could have found themselves trailing going into half time.
The second half started with the blues having the advantage of the wind and at last started to get themselves into the game. With the back four standing strong against the Cookstown attack and the midfield of Jake Young, Ryan Kearns, Sebastian Leyden and Simon McErlain starting to control the game the blues soon found themselves in the lead.
Deccy Martin found Jake Young on the right hand side, Young continued forward and hit a powerful shot from all of 25 yards that gave the Cookstown keeper no chance.
The young blues continued to attack and when Shea Curry was fouled outside the box, Young stepped up to fire in an unstoppable free kick that the visitor’s keeper could only parry into the net. The celebrations were short lived when the referee ruled the goal out as he said he had awarded an indirect free kick. Shortly after Cookstown found themselves level, when they were awarded a very dubious free kick and from the resulting cross the ball again found its way into the blues net.
The Sky blues continued to search for another goal and when they got another free kick on the edge of the centre circle Young again stepped up and smashed his shot toward the Cookstown goal. The ball hit the bar and rebounded off the outstretched keeper into the net to again put the home side in the lead.
With full time approaching Cookstown tried to find an equaliser but the blues stood firm and held out for a very hard fought 3 points. Although this was a very much a game of two halves, the young sky blues deserved the win and for the first time this season recorded 2 wins on the trot. There were some outstanding performances in the second half with Simon McErlain a constant threat down the left flank and Jake Young with his 2 fantastic goals to make it 4 goals in 2 games.
Man of the Match this week goes to the ever improving Tiernan Canavan who showed that what he lacks in size and stature he more that makes up for with a desire and tenacity that stands him head and shoulders above many of his much taller opponents.
Sky Blues: M McGuckin, D Martin, L Og McElhone, P Pijl, T Canavan, J Young, S Layden, R Kearns, C McKeever, S Curry, S Greer. –Subs - S McErlain, S Donnelly, R McAuley, A McFall
Under 14 training is back to the normal time of 7-8 pm this Tuesday indoors at Meadowbank Cost £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 David Hawthorne.
Tickets are on sale for next Saturday’s draw from all committee members. The jackpot is now £875.
Xmas Draw Tickets Now Available - 5 Chances to Win for £5
Magherafelt Sky Blues annual Xmas Draw Tickets are now available from all committee members, managers, and senior and youth players.
Now renowned as the best local Xmas draw the Blues yet again can offer 5 fabulous prizes for £5. First prize - is two tickets, plus flights, and accommodation to see Manchester United vs. Chelsea; Second prize - is a Flat Screen TV; Third prize - is an IPod Shuffle; Fourth prize - is a Premier League Shirt of your choice; Fifth prize - is a Nike Premier League Football.
Good luck and remember all ticket sales go toward supporting the club and ensuring it can continue to run now and in the future.
Friday 9th November
Sky Blues U15 v Tri Star Boys
(8pm at Moyola Park)
Glendowan v Sky Blues U14
(7.30pm at Twinbrook)
Sky Blues U13 v Glendowan
(6.30pm at Moyola Park)
Saturday 10th November
Dunloy v Sky Blues
(McReynolds Cup at 2pm)
Sky Blues Reserves v Mallusk Athletic
(Linda Welshman Cup 2pm)
Warrenpoint Town v Sky Blues U12 (11am)
Sky Blues Galaxy v Sky Blues Pumas