WHAT was supposed to be a historic day for Swords Celtic FC turned into a damp squib, when their first-ever staging of an international match was ruined by bad weather.
Torrential rain on Wednesday night last resulted in the scheduled Under-16 match between Ireland and Estonia being switched to the South Dublin Football League complex where the teams played out a 1-1 draw. The North Dublin League's Oscar Traynor Complex had been offered as an alternative pitch, but it too failed an inspection. When the game did get under way Malahide United players Colm Deasy and Robbie Duggan both came on as second-half substitutes for the Irish but couldn't engineer a winning goal. Both local lads started the other game against Estonia, held earlier in the week at the same venue, and that match ended in a 2-0 win for the hosts. Swords Celtic, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary year and put so much work into preparing their grounds for Thursday's clash, are keeping their fingers crossed that they will be handed another opportunity to stage an international match in the near future.