Up and Running

The Swifts made the short trip to Pollock Park to play LBBOB Reserves. It was a case of needing to forget the previous weeks result and get some points on the board.

It was glorious weather for a game but there was a wind that favoured LBBOB in the first half. The Swifts were sluggish at times and still lacking the composure that was evident against Moneyslane. Despite this the Swifts were creating numerous scoring opportunities. On another day Callum Watkins could have had a hat trick but found the opposition keeper in good form. A lot of the Swifts good play came down the left with Graham Bunting and Ryan Blacoe linking up well. Blacoe had tortured the right back all first half and got loads of crosses into the box but unfortunately at times there wasn’t enough bodies arriving in. The BB had some half chances without really testing Josh Pugh. The Swifts had 2 great shouts for penalties both turned down. H-T 0-0

The Swifts pushed from start of the second half looking for the important opening goal. Callum Watkins headed a Lewis McKinley free kick wide. Lewis drove at the heart of the BB defence skipping past 2 players to hit a goal bound shot however the keeper made an excellent save. Then after 15 minutes of the half Lewis McKinley received a pass from the old man of the team Alan Stokes. Lewis turned his opponent inside out to create space to score a curling shot from the 18 yard line to give the Swifts the lead. The chances kept coming for the Swifts but unfortunately Ryan Blacoe and Curtis McDonald didn’t take them. Even though the Swifts were dominating the game the BB were dangerous in the last ten minutes. Robin Carson was in control at the back along with Oliver Millar, Graham Bunting and Jordan Dawson to keep a clean sheet. The BB almost equalised when substitute striker was clearly offside but the ref waved play on. The striker lobbed Josh Pugh but witnessed his shot drift wide. The Swifts hung on for a deserved 3 points. F-T 1-0

A much improved performance from the Swifts this week plus there was a Senior debut for 15 year old Ben Cullen. The midfield trio of Tim Millen, Alan Stokes and Adam Leathem worked hard by breaking up play. Lewis McKinley, Graham Bunting, Jordan Dawson, Oliver Millar had good games but players of the day were Robin Carson and Ryan Blacoe.