SWORDS CELTIC 6
SHERIFF YC 1
A HAT-TRICK from Owen Jones helped Swords Celtic ease to a comfortable victory over Sheriff YC in the Metropolitan Cup on Friday evening.
Swords, playing in the division above 1B side Sheriff, looked rusty in the opening half, having not played a competitive game since the end of November, but they were much too good in the second half as they hit five without reply to book their place in the next round.
Debutant Alan Kelly had little to do in goal in the first half, with Sheriff struggling to get in behind a solid-looking home defence. Swords weren’t creating a whole lot either, but they dominated possession in the early stage as they looked to shake off that rust.
The home side broke the deadlock just after the 20-minute mark when Lewis Skelly beat his man out wide before sending in a brilliant cross which was headed powerfully home by striker Chris Gough.
Swords were beginning to play some good football with half-time approaching and they should have doubled their lead when Blake found Skelly in space in the box. Skelly’s shot however flew just wide of the target, much to the relief of the Sheriff ’keeper.
With almost their first attack of the game Sheriff managed to draw level after a fine finish from their striker who got in behind the Swords defence. That goal came right at the end of the opening half, with Swords walking back to their dressing room wondering how they were going in level.
The second half saw Swords up their intensity and within the space of eight minutes they managed to put the game to bed, with Lewis Skelly scoring a fine goal from distance in between two predatory finishes from the excellent Owen Jones. Those three goals put the game to bed and ended any hopes of an upset, with Sheriff looking down and out now with half an hour still to go.
Swords continued to pile on the pressure and scored a fifth 20 minutes from time when Owen Jones completed his hat-trick with a fine finish from just inside the box.
An excellent display from Swords was capped with a sixth goal, with defender Graham Duff heading home a Skelly corner to complete a resounding victory for Bobby Browne’s side.
Swords CELTIC: Alan Kelly, Darren Brewster, Graham Duff, Sean Kelly, Rob Lambe, Andrew Bermingham, Chris Gough, Tom McCarthy, Stephen Blake, Owen Jones, Lewis Skelly. Subs: Barry Caulfield for Stephen Blake, Stephen Doyle for Chris Gough, Keith Griffin for Tom McCarthy.