SWORDS CELTIC 3
WILLOW PARK 1
Swords Celtic have firmly put a stop to their early season rot following this win at home to Willow Park on Friday night.
After winning their first game of the season, Swords went on a run of three straight defeats, but now Bobby Browne’s side have won their last two games thanks to a solid return to form.
Their opponents on Friday night made the trek from Athlone and Browne was urging his side to pile the pressure on right at the start. That paid off as Swords hit the front on five minutes. Stephen Blake whipped in a cross from the right wing and Philly Nolan arrived at the back post to finish.
Having started well, Swords allowed Willow back into the game and Davy O’Connor pulled off two good saves to keep his side ahead.
Swords themselves had a series of half-chances, but on 35 minutes they did grab their second goal. Some good inter-play saw Andrew Bermingham played through and he side-footed his shot into the bottom of the net.
The feeling at the start of the second half was that the next goal would be crucial and Swords started well. Willow changed to a more direct style of football as Swords played with two defensive midfielders to plug up the middle of the pitch.
The visitors were restricted to shots from outside the box mainly, with O’Connor not tested too much.
Swords duly scored their third goal with around 20 minutes remaining and that killed the game as a contest. A Stephen Blake free kick was parried and the newly signed Adam Bolton - back with Swords after a spell abroad - was on hand to smash home the rebound.
Willow Park scored a consolation inside the final 10 minutes.
Swords now have a two-week break before facing Killester at home in the Charlie Cahill Cup. The tie will see Browne face off against a good friend, his former Shelbourne teammate Gary Howlett.
Swords: Davy O’Connor, Adam Bolton, Gavin Logan, Graham Duff, Sean Kelly, Tom McCarthy, Andrew Bermingham, Chris Gough, Philly Nolan, Stephen Blake, Jack McGlade Subs: Lee McGuinness, Eze Boudon, Robert Bolton.