The Swifts made it 5 consecutive wins and 25 goals scored in those 5 as they defeated Armagh Blues 6-1 at a windy Lurgan Town Arena.
Armagh Blues were the better team for 40 minutes as they played with the wind and the sun shinning into the eyes of the Swifts defenders. The pressure from Armagh was consistent but they found Adam Craig in excellent form in goal for Lurgan. The Swifts were struggling to get into the game as they couldn’t get control of the midfield. However, this changed with 5 minutes left of the half. Lewis McKinley played a pass to Ryan Blacoe on the left wing who hit a wonderful first time cross into the penalty area where Callum Watkins headed on target but Blues keeper made a super save but Tim Millen was on hand to score with a good finish. A second goal for the Swifts soon followed when Lewis McKinley played another super pass over the top of the visiting defence for strike partner Callum Watkins to outpace the defence to calmly score past the keeper. H-T 2-0
With the wind behind them Lurgan brought their A game. Tim Millen was becoming influential on the right as he caused problems with his pace and skill. Also, Alex Woods who replaced Simon Wilson for the second half added composure on the ball along with good work rate. The Swifts missed greats chances with Ryan Blacoe somehow hitting the post when well placed and Aaron Winters volleying over from 5 yards. A third goal came via a Lewis McKinley penalty after Alex Woods was fouled in the penalty box. On the odd occasion Armagh attacked they found a solid defence well marshalled by Adam Scorah along with Morgan Smyth and Jack O’Neill then Scott Gordon for the last 30 minutes. Lewis McKinley scored a 30 yard free kick as the keeper flapped at it. Then 15 year old Cameron Purdy was introduced with 20 minutes left and he scored his first senior goal when hitting home a Tim Millen cross. A sixth goal and hat trick goal for Lewis McKinley was scored when he confidently controlled a pass from Callum Watkins and turned to score for his first Senior hat trick and 11th goal of the season. Adam Craig then made an excellent save when tipping a shot over the crossbar. Unfortunately he didn’t get a deserved clean sheet when an error at the back allowed Armagh Blues score with 10 seconds left. F-T 6-1
Despite not at the top of their game in the first half Lurgan collected a comfortable win. Adam Craig was solid in nets, Adam Scorah was comfortable at the back, Aaron Winters and Adam Leathem working hard in midfield, Tim Millen excellent at right wing back. However, it was Lewis McKinley getting player of the match with involvement in 5 of the 6 goals that included his hat-trick.