Young Swifts Open With Defeat

A very young Swifts travelled to Banbridge to play Seapatrick Reserves on Saturday. With a number of Senior players unavailable the Swifts included five 16 year olds (4 making senior debut) and three 17 year olds. The Swifts went behind after 4 minutes to an experienced Seapatrick team and probably a team that will push for promotion. Despite being overrun at times the Swifts hung in there with some excellent saves from James Hamilton. Lewis McKinley was doing his best to lift the team and he setup a super opportunity for Adam Leathem but unfortunately Adam’s shot was saved by the keeper. However, the Swifts got back on level terms when Lewis McKinley scored a 20 yard direct free kick. The Swifts improved as the half went on but it was Seapatrick looking more threatening. HT 1-1

Leis McKinley – opened the scoring for Town and picked up man of the match

The second half the Swifts found themselves without their keeper after 10 minutes due to an injury picked up by David McNally. David was called into action pretty quickly and made some excellent saves. Then the Swifts had to make another enforced substitution 5 minutes later with Krissy Cassells having to come off. At this stage it was pretty much backs against the wall. The young team give everything ounce of energy they had left but then the killer moment when the ref awarded a penalty to the home team which they scored. Another substitution was enforced as 17 year old Tom Leathem was replaced by fifty something Phil McKinley as he had to name himself as a last minute addition to the squad. The young backline were very weary and 3 more goals followed quickly. Ryan Blacoe hit a super volley but it was saved. FT 5-1 to Seapatrick.

It was a though day for the team but they fought for everything. Well done Aidan Quinn, Ben Hendron, Toby Haire and Liam Campbell on their debuts as they all performed well. Player of the Match goes to Lewis McKinley.