Kelly heads Swords to win in Newbridge
NEWBRIDGE TOWN SWORDS CELTIC 0 1
side who were still searching for their first win of the league campaign.
Kennedy has put faith in his youngsters this season and that was the case once more, with four teenagers starting the game for Celtic.
One of those quartet, Jack Mcglade, had the first real opportunity of the match in the fifth minute as he tested the Newbridge goalkeeper from distance early on.
Swords dominated the opening 25 minutes, but against the run of play Newbridge almost took the lead as they broke quickly following a Swords move which broke down.
The Newbridge midfielder sent in a cross which was met cleanly by his teammate, with the ball seemingly heading for the bottom corner of the net.
However, at the last second the long arms of goalkeeper Stephen Trimble diverted the ball out for a corner kick to keep the game level.
From that corner Swords won back possession and launched an attack of their own which resulted in what turned out to be the winning goal being scored.
The ball was worked out left where Evan Kelly was fouled, and from Eoin Jones’ resultant free kick the Sean Kelly rose high above his marker to head the ball past the despairing dive of the home goalkeeper.
It was no more than Swords deserved, having been much the better of the two sides in the early stages.
The score remained that way until half-time as Swords went in a goal to the good.
The second half saw Swords continue to control the game and they had a golden chance to double the lead on the hour mark when Philly Nolan was fouled in the box to give the visitors a penalty.
Sean Kelly, scorer of the first goal, stepped up to the mark, but his effort was well saved by the Newbridge keeper to keep the home side in the game.
Newbridge gave it a go in the final twenty minutes, but in truth they never really looked like breaching a very solid Swords defensive unit and ultimately Kennedy’s men held on for an excellent away victory to extend their recent unbeaten run to four games.
Next up for the Fingal side is a daunting trip away to reigning Leinster Senior League champions Bluebell.
SWORDS CELTIC: Stephen Trimble, Adam Boulton, Stephen Blake, Sean Kelly, Graham Duff, Johnny Lyons, Eoin Jones, Evan Kelly, Jack Mcglade, Andrew Bermingham, Philly Nolan. Subs: Stephen Breen for Evan Kelly, Tom Mccarthy for Andrew Bermingham, Jamie Hanly for Jack Mcglade.
Balbriggan’s Dipo Sadiqu on the ball against Dublin Airport.
A SEAN Kelly header helped Swords Celtic continue their recent good form as they left Newbridge with all three points following a dominant performance last Friday night.Having begun their first season in Senior Sunday with three straight losses, Brendan Kennedy’s improving side have now gone four games unbeaten and seem to have settled in nicely into their new surroundings.Swords came into this game on the back of an excellent performance in a 1-1 home draw against Ballymun United last Monday week and they looked confident early on as they sprayed the ball about against a Newbridge Town