Football: Magherafelt Sky Blues U15 progress past Midway

Magherafelt Sky Blues U12 player, Daniel Robinson, who starred against Ballinamallard last weekend.
Magherafelt Sky Blues U12 player, Daniel Robinson, who starred against Ballinamallard last weekend.

Sky Blues U15 travelled to Annagh Utd 4G pitch at Portadown to play another league encounter with Camlough Rovers.

For the first twenty minutes they dominated the game and the Camlough team pushed forward with an attack, against the run of play, and their left winger lobbed the ball towards the goal which crept under the bar and young Michael McLaughlin, our keeper for the day, stretched but could not reach the ball and it entered into the net.

The Blues seemed to run out of steam letting the Camlough team press their goal mouth on a number of occasions. In the last ten minutes of the first half Camlough got a second goal from the right wing.

After a team talk the boys were encouraged to keep their head up and to go out with a desire to win. The Blues took the game by the scruff of the neck and started to get into the game by challenging every ball and putting the Camlough team under pressure.

Marty McLaughlin also had a brilliant game with skilful runs up and down the left wing, forcing his way through the Camlough team and on one occasion passed the ball into the box which was cleared by a Camlough defender out towards McLaughlin again, who controlled the ball, hit it low and hard into the Camlough net, bringing the Blues back into the game. On a later attack he hit the post with a brilliant strike.

With the Blues controlling the game at this stage a second goal came about with another attack on the Camlough goal. The ball was crossed into Ciaran McKeever who struck the ball into the Camlough net, levelling the score. The Blues had a disallowed penalty when Shea Donnelly forced his way past the Camlough defender who tripped him up and pushed him to the ground. The referee continued play and would not allow the penalty.

With about ten minutes to go the Camlough striker hit a powerful shot into the Sky Blues goal. It was too strong for the keeper to handle and the ball went into the net.

Being the better team in the second half they deserved to win the game but it wasn’t meant to be. This was an excellent team performance and a very tough encounter. Camlough won the game 3-2.

Sky Blues U15 travelled to Kearnan playing Portadown to play their preliminary league cup match against Midway Stars.

The young Blues kept the Midway team on the back foot for most of the first half, but had some chances as well, but our defence was solid dealing with the threat. The young blues dominated the half and were a delight to watch, in producing brilliant skills, having a desire to take the game to midway and did so with passion for the game. Unfortunately the first half ended 0-0.

The first goal of the game came from a cross to the far side of the goal and Sebastian waiting squeezed the ball into the net inside the post. A situation developed were the referee give a by ball and disallowed the goal. He said the ball went passed the post as it didn`t stay in the net. There was a hole at the back of the net and he disallowed the goal.

Soon after that, Midway got the ball forward and the young striker got in front of the defence, with an attack on goal made no mistake and placed the ball under Michael’s body into the corner of the net.

The Blues got the goal they deserved when young Stephen Bradley got the ball in the middle of the pitch and on one of his many attacks on goals, proved again to be more than a handful for the young midway team, was brought down just inside the penalty box. We could not believe it. The ref give a free kick at the edge of the box. Stephen took a brilliant shoot low and hard into the corner of the net. Soon after, Stephen got the ball in mid field and with skill took the ball around the defence and with style place the ball into the net, giving the young Blues a 2-1 lead.

It wasn`t long until Midway who with their attacks got a deserve goal back making it 2-2.

The young Blues seemed to have a new lease of life and put pressure on the young Midway team, sealing the game with a third goal which came from a corner kick take by Stephen Bradley which landed sweetly in the middle of the box and with a scramble young Shea Donnelly put it in the net.