Kelly heads Swords to win in New­bridge

Fingal Independent - - SPORT - PAUL BYRNE

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

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