Football: McAlynn awesome as underpowered Magherafelt Sky Blues take the points against Carniny

Magherafelt Sky Blues' Gregory Stewart was one of a number of players unavailable on Saturday. INBT32-251AC
Magherafelt Sky Blues' Gregory Stewart was one of a number of players unavailable on Saturday. INBT32-251AC
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The Sky Blues travelled to Ballymena to play Carniny minus a whole host of players and produced a wonderful performance to come away with the three points.

Shane Henry and Harry Mulholland - making their first team debuts - were called up from the reserves along with Doole and Spinu.

The Blues took a little time to get used to the 3G pitch but got into their stride after about 15 minutes with McAlynn beginning to control the game and it was he who had the first shot of the game well saved by the keeper. McAlynn had another effort deflected away for a corner from which Rafferty’s header was cleared off the line.

The Blues were well on top and Hassan poked a shot just wide, Doole hit the bar, Spinu had an effort well saved by the keeper before Rafferty missed a glorious opportunity.

Carniny almost made the Blues pay for those missed opportunities when their centre forward missed a free header at the back post and the half ended 0-0.

Carniny started the second period well, but the Blues defence held firm and gradually they began to take control again.

Ten minutes in, man of the match McAlynn cut in from the left and unleashed a thunderbolt which flew past the keeper. Devlin had an effort cleared off the line shortly after.

Carniny equalised against the run of play when their left winger drilled a shot into the bottom corner giving O’Neill no chance.

This setback didn’t deter the Blues and with an hour gone McAlynn played a defence splitting pass for Doole to run through and slot home.

Carniny threw on their subs to try to get back into the game but the Blues held firm and were unlucky not to increase their lead before the end.

A great team performance with Henry and Mulholland having great debuts.

McAlynn was the Blues man of the match with an outstanding performance.

Sky Blues: M O’Neill, Henry, Hassan, S O’Neill, Quinn, Rafferty, Mulholland, McAlynn, Doole, Devlin, Spinu.

Magherafelt Sky Blues take on Brantwood on Saturday March 8th at 2pm.

The Magherafelt Sky Blues Ground Development Lotto will continue next weekend. No one matched the correct numbers last week. Club Lotto draw. The £25 lucky Dip winner was David Hawthorne. Jackpot is £1000 for the 3 correct numbers. Get your £1 ticket now for Saturdays Draw from any committee member.

Sky Blues killers competition...4 out so far! Abi ... Big Eva...Ciaran O’Neill and Brian Rocks....The Winner gets £150...Text your pick to 07706627655... No later than 12 noon on Saturday. On behalf of the Club sincere thanks to not only the organiser Brian Rocks, but also to those who entered.

Magherafelt Sky Blues FC are holding a barbecue (sponsored by C7369 Sportswear) and Auction Night on Saturday 8th March in Bryson’s Bar at 8.30pm in aid of New Club Changing Rooms Complex at Spires Park. Tickets £10 can be got from any committee member. Anyone else looking to go to this Fundraiser Night need to let the club know by this Friday and anyone in the club that can get anything to auction, your support will be very much appreciated.

Magherafelt Sky Blues Mini-Soccer Centre, sponsored by Ronan Valley, continues for the new 2013 season on Saturday 8th March.

The Sky Blues Mini Soccer Centre is indoors at the Meadowbank Sports Arena from 9am to 10am. The cost is £2 per child.Please note... New Venue...New Time.... PLEASE PASS THE WORD AROUND. As its Indoors, bring trainers.