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Malahide’s Lido Lotefa and St Mochta’s Sean Heary in action at Gannon Park last Wednesday night.

Malahide’s Lido Lotefa and St Mochta’s Sean Heary in action at Gannon Park last Wednesday night.

Malahide’s Lido Lotefa and St Mochta’s Sean Heary in action at Gannon Park last Wednesday night.

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DIVISION 1A SUNDAY

TULLAMORE TOWN 0

SWORDS CELTIC1

 

SWORDS Celtic midfielder Chris Gough can’t stop scoring at the moment and it was his solitary goal which proved good enough to make it three away wins on the trot for Bobby Browne’s side.

Gough was man of the match the previous week in Portlaoise when scoring a hat-trick in a 7-2 win and he followed that up with a fine finish in Tullamore to make it four wins in a row for Swords.

Bottom side Tullamore came into the game looking for their first win of the season, having lost all five of their matches to date, but having shipped seven goals against Newtown Rangers a week earlier they looked much more solid at the back this time around as Swords struggled to break them down in the early stages.

The first big chance of the match fell to the visitors when teenage debutant Josh Nolan showed some nice skill to get around his man before laying the ball off to strike partner Eoin Jones who took a touch before forcing the home keeper into a fine save down to his right.

Minutes later Tom McCarthy swung in a teasing cross which was headed narrowly over by Lewis Skelly as Tullamore began to cough up some chances just before the break.

Despite some late pressure from Swords the teams went in still level at the break, with the hosts showing plenty of heart to keep their opponents at bay.

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The second half saw Swords come out of the traps quickly and once again they went close when Skelly played a one-two with Jones before firing just wide.

The pressure was mounting now and 10 minutes after the restart Swords made a crucial breakthrough when the in-form Gough made one of his now trademark runs from deep before slotting the ball home after fine work on the right from Skelly.

It was no more than Swords deserved and they could have doubled that lead just after the hour mark when Andrew Bermingham forced the home keeper into a fine save after a powerful shot from distance.

Tullamore rallied late on and applied some decent pressure as they searched for an equaliser, but the Swords defence stood firm and held out for a hard-earned victory which sees them stay in second spot in the Senior 1A table.

Swords Celtic: Stephen Trimble, Robbie Lambe, Sean Kelly, Graham Duff, Chris Gough, Andrew Bermingham, Tom McCarthy, Josh Nolan, Eoin Jones, Lewis Skelly. Subs: Stephen Doyle for Josh Dolan.


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