It was a short journey to Scarva Park on Wednesday night for the Swifts final game of the season. Scarva Rangers Reserves were the opponents who were strengthened with a few first team players so the Swifts new a tough game was ahead. The Swifts went into a game knowing a win would almost guarantee them runners up.
The game was played on a pitch that was hard and bumpy which didn’t allow for a great passing game early on. Scarva took the lead after their corner wasn’t cleared. However, this was just what the young Swifts team needed. They began to put more pressure on the Scarva defence with Callum Watkins causing all sorts of problems with his pace. Callum was unlucky not to score when shooting just wide. Scarva were still an attacking threat but Morgan Smyth, Adam Scorah and Matt Johnston were superb in defence. Lewis McKinley watched a free kick just go over the crossbar. Simon Wilson hit a shot from distance but off target. In the final minutes the Swifts got an equaliser thanks to the clubs chairman Nigel Johnston acting as a ball boy as he quickly recovered the ball by handing it to Matt Johnston to take a quick throw in which found Callum Watkins. Callum turned his defender inside out and then calmly scored with a well placed shot. H-T 1-1
The Swifts continued the second half on the front foot. However, a world class save from Adam Craig kept the score level after he stopped a header from close range that he had no right to save. Aaron Winters and Simon Wilson both worked tirelessly in midfield as they won numerous tackles to recover the ball. Then Tim Millen went on a thirty yard run then cut in from the right to strike a great left foot shoot from 25 yards that had the Scarva keeper superbly tipping it over. Adam Scorah and Simon Wilson almost scored from Lewis McKinley corners. Adam Leathem and Tim Millen we’re linking up well down the right hand side and therefore giving the Scarva left back a torrid time. The Swifts brought subs Niall McBride, Ollie Millar and Josh Pugh on at various times in the half. Then with approx 10 minutes left Adam Craig launched one of his long kicks up the field which found the influential Callum Watkins to again leave his defender to score the all important second Swifts goal. Callum almost got another hat trick when he left the Scarva defender trailing behind but his shot just missed the target. F-T 2-1
A massive result and performance from the team and possibly the most complete team performance this season. Defensively very strong, midfield working hard and strikers playing to their strengths. When coming to selecting player of the match you could pick from Callum Watkins, Adam Scorah, Matt Johnston, Tim Millen, Morgan Smyth, Adam Leathem but it was keeper Adam Craig with a brilliant display plus a world class save.
A great way to end the season with 7 wins on the trot and 37 goals scored in those 7. Now just a waiting game to see where the Swifts finish with 3 positions 1st, 2nd or 3rd all possible but almost certain of at least 2nd.