It was another week of missed scoring opportunities that cost the Swifts again. They made the short trip to play Moira Albion Reserves. The build up to the game was an issue as the 7 u19 players didn’t start arriving until 15 minutes before kick off which 3 of those that were in the starting line up didn’t arrive until 10 minutes after the kick off time. This meant the original starting 11 was changed 5 minutes before kick off. However, despite to poor pre match build up it was the Swifts that started strong. The Swifts should’ve been 3 up after 10 minutes with Aaron Winters and Callum Watkins missing glorious opportunities. A goal did come the Swifts way when a Moira player played a back pass which the goalkeeper missed controlled and it trickled into the net. The pitch was in really poor state and it was difficult to play any decent football. Moira grew into the game and had a few long range efforts but the Swifts continued to miss great scoring chances. Luke Glenn and Callum Watkins missing when well placed then Aaron Winters should’ve scored with the last kick of the first half but shot wide. H-T 1-0
The Swifts went out for the second half by bringing on the 3 players that arrived late. The Swifts U19 players were tiring due to playing a late kick off in the morning. This allowed Moira to get at Lurgan as gaps started to appear between the defence and midfield. There was an 18 minute period that the Swifts fell apart. Moira’s first goal was a great piece of individuality but Dylan Hoy possibly could’ve defended a little better. Then their second was a mix up that involved Adam Scorah, Dylan Hoy and Josh Pugh. A Moira 3rd came from the penalty spot after Adam Scorah pulled back the attacker unnecessarily. With less than 10 minutes left Lurgan threw everything at Moira and Blacoe smashed home a great strike from a Lewis McKinley corner then Lewis watched a great free kick tipped over the bar and Luke Glenn blazed wide when making a good run into the box. Jack Evans was centimetres away from getting a touch on a Lewis free kick then James Lindsay had a shot blocked. F-T 2-3
Credit to Moira Albion despite being outplayed for a lot of the game they played with commitment and didn’t give up. It was plain to see what it meant to the Moira players at the end as they celebrated the win. On another day Lurgan could’ve been out of sight but that’s football, congrats to Moira.
Despite the defeat for the Swifts can be positive in the fact that they are creating chances. With over half the squad playing 2 games each weekend you can see they are tiring as the season progresses. The Swifts could do with a more experienced player in the attacking area as the younger players are currently showing a lack of belief and composure. There were only a small few that performed well but player of the match went to one of only 3 players over the age of 20 James Lindsay. Linny was comfortable on the ball despite the pitch conditions plus used is experience to communicate with the younger players. The Swifts face league leaders White City in the next game.