Hillsborough Experience The Difference

A very youthful Swifts team (apart from one player all players were 21 or under) travelled to Lisburn on Saturday to play a strong Hillsborough Reserves team.

The Swifts lost the game 5-0 with Hillsborough deserving the win as their experience was the difference. There were chances in the game for Lurgan as Ryan Blacoe had a shot saved, Lewis McKinley hit the crossbar from a free kick, Phil McKinley volleyed just wide, Daryl Houston hit a shot wide and David McNally had a shot deflected over. There were one or two disputed Hillsborough goals but not to take away from them as their win was deserved. Wishing them well as they push for promotion.

A number of positives for the Swifts as 14 year olds Jamie Trainor and Adam McCann made senior debuts as they entered the game for the last 30 minutes after Luke Kerr and David McNally both went off. They certainly didn’t look out of place. Daryl Houston also had another good game, Jake Agnew in goals was super as usual and Krissy Cassells put in another good performance. Dylan Hoy returned from COVID but was still struggling with the after effects, Jack O’Neill had a one off appearance after his visit back home from the USA. With numbers low Phil played 90 minutes at the age of 51, Lewis McKinley played with a slight groin strain.

Coach Phil has been extremely pleased to watch the development of the young players coming through the club as he has had to depend a lot on them. On the day the first team had 3 goal scorers (Tim Millen, Morgan Smyth and Ethan Gorman) that played for the Swifts and the reserves (Niall McBride) had another. Also Simon Wilson got a start with the reserves that he deserved. While results haven’t been great the players continue to work hard. The name of the game for the Swifts is to keep giving opportunities for the youth players that want it and have the desire.