Magherafelt Reserves go through in Canada Cup

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Canada Cup - First Round

Ballymoney United Reserves 2 Sky Blues Reserves 4

The Reserve team travelled to Ballymoney Reserves and won this cup match 4-2.

Johnnie Ritchie in the Blues goals made some early saves to keep the Blues in it. The home side took the lead from a free-kick before half-time. The Blues came out a different side in the second half and levelled early on when Mark Diamond supplied Thomas Beattie and he fired home.

Paul Collins then setup Beattie for his second and his hat-trick goal came from a great run and low shot into the corner. Diamond then turned provider again when he setup Mickey Devlin to make it 4-1.

Ballymoney scored a consolation in injury time. This was Sky Blues best performance of the season with Hawe, Beattie and Devlin starring.

Sky Blues U17 3 Coleraine U16 2

Magherafelt Sky Blues stumbled over the line in this game against Coleraine. The young Sky Blues started brightly for the first 10 minutes, playing with a high intensity and quick flowing football.

They took an early lead after Harry Mulholland got to the bye line and crossed to the back post, the ball deceived the Coleraine keeper and ended up in the back of the net. Despite being on the back foot the Sky Blues extended their lead following a free-kick right on the edge of the box.

Shane Heavron nonchalantly stepped up and planted the ball low into the bottom corner. The remainder of the half however wasn’t so good and following two terrible pieces of defending Coleraine scored two goals that should have been easily prevented.

It was a frustrating second half with the Sky Blues having lots of possession but no real clear cut chances. The breakthrough came well into the second period after Fintan Kerr cut into the box and hit a shot which just managed to creep over the line much to the relief of everyone concerned. This was a much needed win for the U17s who have some crucial games coming up. An improved performance will be expected next week.

Trojans 1 Sky Blues U13 1

The U13s travelled to Trojans in a NIBFA National League Match and drew one all. This was a very tight game played in good spirit.

A Ronan Young header nearly opened the scoring before Conor McCann made a superb tackle to deny the home side the lead. The Blues took the lead in the second half when a ball from Adam Currie found Conor McCluskey and his super pass allowed Young to slam the ball into the bottom corner.

McCann made another superb tackle to deny the home side before they did equalise from a clearly off-side position. The Blues should have had a penalty when Young was upended in the box but the referee waved away the appeals from the visitors.

A draw was a fair result. Man of the match was Conor McCann.

The U13s had played a mid week game last week and beat Limavady United 4-1 at Spires Park. Ciaran McKeever scored a super hat-trick while a deflected Manus McAllister goal sealed the result. Man of the match in this game was Ciaran McKeever.

Sky Blues U12 3 Institute U12 0

The U12 team secured their place in the league cup final with a stunning 3-0 victory over Institute at Spires Park.

The Blues defended superbly in the first 15 minutes to stay in the game and this allowed them to score the opening goal.

Mark Larmour’s through ball found Stephen Greer and the young striker lobbed in the opening goal.

Greer doubled the Blues lead in the second half with a fine individual effort. Greer then completed his hat-trick after some excellent team play lead to Padraig McGroggan heading onto the bar and after a goal line scramble young Greer got the final touch. Man of the match was Stephen Greer with Liam Og McElhone at sweeper and Padraig McGroggan in Midfield running him close

Sky Blues U11 3 Ballymoney U11 2

The U11 team secured their place in the league cup semi-final with a stunning 3-2 victory over Ballymoney. The Blues goals were scored by Cormac Murphy (2) and Cathal Martin.

Sky Blues U10 2 Moyola Park 0

The U10 team played Moyola Park in a friendly and goals from Patrick Bateson and Thomas-Shay Maynes gave the youngest Blues team a 2-0 win.