Winning Ugly

The Swifts travelled to play Broomhedge Maghaberry Reserves on Saturday. There were 4 changes to the squad as players moved to the Reserves or unavailable.

Lurgan started strong again but half chances were missed as they tried to get a foothold in the game. However, in the 13th minute Broomhedge took the lead against the run of play with a good finish from their striker. Despite the setback the Swifts soon got back on level terms after Niall McBride was fouled in the box by the keeper after 19 minutes. Lewis McKinley stepped up to confidently score the penalty as he sent the keeper the wrong way. Lewis along with Luke Glenn were showing great technical awareness as they set up numerous attacks. The game was becoming a battle in the midfield area but Dylan Hoy along with Simon Wilson were up for the challenge. The Swifts were getting a number of crosses in from wing backs Adam Leathem and Ryan Blacoe but they were just eluding the incoming players. Then a lack of communication from defender and keeper plus an unfortunate bobble allowed the Broomhedge player to put them in the lead again after 34 minutes. H-T 1-2

The Swifts needed an improved second half performance as the first half was scrappy on a pitch that wasn’t ideal. Broomhedge almost increased their lead but a mixture of poor finishing and good defending from Ryan Stewart, Jay McPolin and Morgan Smyth plus support from keeper Joshua Pugh kept the score 2-1 down. Then Lewis McKinley hit a twenty yarder that smacked of the underside of the crossbar which some players thought went over the line but play was waved on and no goal awarded. Lewis almost scored again but this time his shot hit the inside of the post back into the keepers hands. Lurgan then changed formation and brought on Alex Wheelan, Scott McCammon and Jonny Turkington to give more attacking intent. In the 77th minute the Swifts midfielder Luke Glenn produced a piece of magic as he left 4 Broomhedge players chasing his shadow as he made his way into the penalty area then showed calmness to dink the ball into the top corner for an equaliser. As the game was approaching the final whistle there was one final twist as Ryan Blacoe hit a lovely right foot cross into the box which was met by Captain Morgan (Smyth) to head past the Broomhedge keeper on the 89th minute. Lurgan held out for the hard earned win against Broomhedge to make it 5 games unbeaten in the league. F-T 3-2

It wasn’t the prettiest of performances from the team but player of the game went to Luke Glenn as he finished of a fine overall display with an outstanding goal.