Tuesday 25 June 2019

Relegated Swords complete the season with back-to-back wins

Soccer, Leinster Senor League, Senior Division Sunday: Swords Celtic 3 Liffey Wanderers 1

Swords Celtic finished off their season with a second 3-1 victory in succession as they bid farewell to Senior Sunday for the time being at least.

Brendan Kennedy's young side were relegated two weeks ago but, to their credit, they have finished the season strongly by beating both Malahide and Liffey 3-1 over the past two weeks.

Kennedy's side was once again peppered with teenagers, with Jack McGlade, Adam Bolton, Stephen Blake and Andrew Bermingham all starting for the Fingal side.

With such a talented young squad at his disposal the Swords Celtic boss will be hoping that he can guide his side straight back up at the first time of asking.

Swords began well and after a spell of sustained pressure they took a deserved lead thanks to the pace and trickery of McGlade. The talented teenager took on his man down the left before whipping in a pinpoint cross which was guided home by Tom McCarthy.

Swords continued to press forward and 10 minutes later they doubled their advantage thanks to a well-worked set piece from the right. Gavin Smith whipped in the free kick to Graham Duff who took a touch before volleying the ball into the bottom corner. That put Swords well in control mid-way through the half, but Liffey came back into it as half-time approached and they got it back to 2-1 thanks to a Dean Young header.

However, Swords hit back almost immediately to halt any Liffey momentum as Andrew Timmins ran forward unchallenged before stroking the ball into the bottom corner to restore Swords two-goal cushion.

Kennedy rang the changes in the second half as his side eased to a comfortable victory which ensured they ended a challenging season on a high.

Swords Celtic: Stephen Trimble, Adam Boulton, Stephen Blake, Sean Kelly, Graham Duff, Jonathan Lyons, Eoin Jones, Andrew Bermingham, Jack McGlade, Tom McCarthy, Gavin Smith. Subs: Evan Kelly for Andrew Bermingham, Anthony Burke for Jack McGlade, Gavin Logan for Gavin Smith, Aaron McCormack for Stephen Trimble.

Fingal Independent