Football: Magherafelt Sky Blues U13 rue mistakes as Carniny win

MSB U10 Colts took on a strong ballymoney team at Ballysally this morning and walked away worthy winners with Mathew Totten James lumber and Travis Harkness scoring the goals
MSB U10 Colts took on a strong ballymoney team at Ballysally this morning and walked away worthy winners with Mathew Totten James lumber and Travis Harkness scoring the goals

Despite being the better team for 80 percent of this game the Sky Blues were cruelly punished following 3 mistakes which created a score line that bore no reflection on the game.

The Blues dominated the first half and played the entire first period in the visitor’s territory.

However, Carniny took the lead when a stray pass from midfield put the Sky Blues defence under unnecessary pressure and with a crisp finish the home team took an unworthy lead.

Carniny tried everything possible to unsettle the Blues, and they must count themselves lucky to have remained with 11 players on the pitch.

Despite this the Sky Blues kept pressing for an equaliser and they were desperately unlucky from a rasping Aidan McCluskey free kick.

The travelling fans thought the away team had finally made a much deserved break-through when Aaron Donnelly found himself one on one with the keeper, but agonisingly he could only manage to steer his shot narrowly wide.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first, the Blues dominated possession and created several clear cut chances but they just could not get the bit of luck their dominance deserved.

The Sky Blues had a header cleared off the line and they snatched at their shots when it seemed as if the goal was at their mercy.

Then when Carniny cleared a ball long to relieve the pressure, Shea McGuckin was slow to come off his line and Caolan Crozier had to intervene to get the ball away for a corner.

From the following set piece a poor clearance left a simple opportunity for the Carniny winger to extend their lead.

The final goal came after a stinging shot from the edge of the box was saved magnificently by Shea McGuckin but when the ball came back off the crossbar it rebounded to three Carniny players who found themselves free and any one of them could have scored easily.