The Swifts bounce back in style with a convincing 7-3 win over league leaders White City. Despite having to make 5 enforced changes from the previous week that included a complete change in the back line the Swifts started strong.
White City struggled to contain Lurgan’s attacking force as wing backs Tim Millen and Ryan Blacoe were getting past the full backs on a regular basis. The Swifts took the lead when left wing back Ryan Blacoe crossed into the penalty area were right wing back Tim Millen nipped in front of the defender to place the ball into the top corner of the net. Tim was the provider for the second goal when he passed to Callum Watkins who outpaced the defence to score with a well placed shot. Lurgan were in total control and probably could’ve been further ahead as Scott Gordon played a few good balls over the defence however Lewis McKinley and Tim Millen couldn’t get a shot away. In midfield the three teenagers Aaron Winters, Adam Leathem and Simon Wilson were working hard and showing discipline defensively and attacking threat as and when required. On the odd occasion White City threatened they found a well marshalled defensive unit of Scott Gordon, Scott McBride and Jack O’Neill along with keeper Josh Pugh in control of his area. Then out of the blue the Swifts conceded a goal and then another one soon followed to bring the game all square at 2-2. This could have caused the young Swifts team to let heads go down but it was the complete opposite. Tim Millen was destroying the White City full back with is pace and direct play as well as getting crosses into the box. The White City keeper was making some good reaction saves to keep it all square however just before the break Callum Watkins scored his second when assisted by Simon Wilson. H-T 3-2
The second half Lurgan stepped on the power again and were a constant attacking threat. A fourth goal soon arrived when Lewis McKinley played a through ball for Callum Watkins to score a well deserved hat-trick goal. Callum has had a tough season in front of goal however he has always give 100% for the team. He had a couple of more chances to score but the keeper made good saves. However, this was Callum’s afternoon as his 4th and 5th goals soon followed with assists from Tim Millen and then Aaron Winters. In between Callum’s 4th and 5th goals Scott McBride had a goal wrongly disallowed for off side when he headed home a Lewis McKinley cross and White City got a third goal. The Swifts brought on 3 substitutes in Simon Freeburn, Oliver Millar and Matthew Maye. Simon Freeburn replaced the impressive Adam Leathem with approx 25 minutes left. The Swifts midfield continued to work hard and were showing great fitness levels. A seventh goal arrived after Callum Watkins was fouled in the penalty area. Lewis McKinley stepped up to take the penalty and outwit the keeper to send him the wrong side. F-T 7-3
This was an awesome performance from the whole squad. Keeper Josh Pugh had a steady game with the defence strong for the majority of the game as Scott Gordon, Scott McBride and Jack O’Neill worked well as a back 3. In midfield Adam Leathem continues his fine form, Aaron Winters with a typical all action display and Simon Wilson providing attacking threat. Lewis McKinley give another assured performance as he continues to be the link to the Swifts attacking threat. The standout players were wing backs Tim Millen and Ryan Blacoe but the player of the match was 5 goal hero Callum Watkins. Callum had pace, power and clinical finishing in his game. He was a constant nuisance to the White City defence. Finally, thanks to White City in playing the game in good spirit. Special mention to their keeper despite conceding 7 he had an excellent game.