Hard fought victory for Blues

Raceview 0 - 3 Magherafelt Sky Blues

THE Blues travelled to Broughshane last Saturday to take on last year’s league winners and after a hard fought game came away with all three points.

The game began with the Blues taking control and after 15 minutes took a deserved lead when a cross from Hasson was dropped by the Raceview keeper at the feet of Walls who calmly stroked the ball to the net. As the half progressed Raceview came more into the game and created a few half chances without really troubling Farniok in the Sky Blues goal although their nunmber eight fired a wonderful shot just over the top corner with Farniok well beaten. On 35 minutes Beattie used his electric pace to rob the Raceview defender and fired over a cross which Devlin headed home. The half ended with the Blues 2-0 in front.

The 2nd half began with Raceview changing formation and pushing forward looking a way back into the game but O’Neill and Kells were solid at the back. As Raceview chased the game the blues created great opportunities to extend their lead through Beattie, Walls and Monaghan but with no success. Midway through the half Raceview created their best opportunity when Farniok parried a shot and then reacted magnificently to save from the centre forward on the rebound and reacted again to flick the ball away from the strikers toe. Five minutes later the Blues made the game safe when Stewart raced through to slot home and cap a great individual man of the match performance. The Blues then saw the remainder of the game out without any further incident.

This was a great team performance where every player performed well and displayed a tremendous attitude. Gregory Stewart was the man of the match although there were a lot of contenders.

Team: Farniok, O’Neill, Kells, Quinn, De Barros, Monaghan, Hasson, Stewart, Devlin, Beattie, Walls. Subs; Scullion, Ludlow, Badger.

The Sky Blues are home this Saturday against Roe Rovers in the 1st round of the Craig Memoial Cup, kick off 2pm at Spires Park and the Reserves are away against antrim rovers in the ballymena league this Saturday.

Results: First Team Raceview 0 Magherafelt Sky Blues 3; Reserves Magherafelt Sky Blues 1 Ballyclare Old Boys Res 4; Under 15 Tristar Boys 2 Magherafelt Sky Blues 0;

Under 13 Magherafelt Sky Blues 6 Institute 0;

Friday August 31 Under 14 Magherafelt Sky Blues 4 Ballymoney United Youth 2; Under 12 Magherafelt Sky Blues 5 Maiden CIty 1.

Wednesday August 29 Under 11 Ballymena Utd U11 4 Magherafelt Sky Blues 2.

The Sky Blues lotto last Saturday had no jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 49, 15 and 2. The £25 lucky dip winner was P. Drummey. This Saturday’s jackpot is £725.

The Blues mini soccer centre continues this Saturday morning at spires park 10am till 11am, cost £2 per child.

Youth team fixtures: Wednesday September 5 Under 12 Bertie Peacock Youth vs Magherafelt Sky Blues, kick off 7pm League; Saturday September 8;

Under 15 Magherafelt Sky Blues vs Trojans kick off 11am League; Under 14 Glentoran vs Magherafelt Sky Blues kick off 11am League Under 13; Ballymoor vs Magherafelt Sky Blues kick off 11am League.