The Swifts made the journey to Annalong on Saturday to play their 4th league of the season. With Annalong firsts not playing they strengthened their Reserve team for the visit of the Swifts.
Despite being up against a strong Annalong team the Swifts started strong as they were creating chances early on. The Swifts deservedly took the lead after Morgan Smyth collected the ball around the half way line and travelled into the penalty box where he was fouled to win a penalty. Lewis McKinley stepped up to place the penalty past the Annalong keeper for his first senior goal. The Swifts had a chance to double their lead as Jack O’Neill hit wide when well placed. Annalong eventually got into the game as the Swifts lost shape and composure but the back line of Dylan Hoy, Ryan Upton and Morgan Smyth were hard to get past. However, a couple of blows for the Swifts with Upton going of injured then the ref made the wrong call by allowing Annalong to score with an offside goal. H-T 1-1
Annalong continued in the 2nd half to put pressure on the Swifts and they took the lead after a mistake not to pick up a midfield runner which he ran unchallenged into the penalty box to score past Joshua Pugh. The Swifts were struggling to get any momentum in the game and with 15 minutes left Tim Millen was moved up front to partner Lewis. It soon paid of as Tim setup Jack O’Neill to get his first of the season and the equaliser. However, with 8 minutes left Annalong took the lead again and nearly got a fourth but hit the post. The Swifts kept battling to the end and one last chance arrived in the 91st minute when Simon Wilson was fouled 20 yards out and awarded a free kick. It was left to Lewis McKinley to drill the free kick into the Annalong net as it took a slight deflection and wrong footed the keeper. The equaliser was thoroughly deserved as the Swifts players kept going despite not playing on top of their game. F-T 3-3
There were positives from the game with Dylan Hoy back for his first game of the season, Tim Millen working hard in midfield and player of the match Lewis McKinley as he worked hard along with showing his composure on the ball and striking a number of super passes to wing backs Adam Leathem and Ryan Blacoe plus chipping in with 2 goals. His first steps to catching his dads goalscoring record.