A very impressive performance by Swinford against a very game Lahardane team that were just blown away in the second half.
Lahardane got off to a good start and through good ball movement in the first minute just shot wide with a good goal opportunity and then followed up with a point chance that was well caught by Ryan Convey.
After four minutes James Devaney had a chance for goal saved and put out for a 45 which was nailed over by Liam Moran, Lahardane had a chance to equalise but put the ball wide before we doubled our lead with a good point by Danny McNicholas.
Lahardane created another goal chance that was well saved by Ryan Convey but nothing he could do about the second shot which rattled the back of the net and Lahardane led for the only time in the game by 1.
A wide followed for Swinford before a great ball from Danny McNicholas found Eoin Gallagher who sent the ball over the bar to level the game. A few more wides followed for Swinford before another great save by Ryan Convey and unlike the goal the second shot was cleared off the line by Fergal Harte.
James Devaney got his first score of the game from the dead ball and this was followed by Jack McDonnell with a point from approx 45 yards out. Larhardane got a point back before points from James Devaney, Jack McDonnell, Joe Kelly and Liam Moran put Swinford firmly in control. Just before the break Lahardane scored a point to leave only four between the teams at Swinford 0-9 Lahardane 1-2.
Swinford had a number of wides in the first half while Lahardane could have got more on the board is they had taken points instead of going for goals.
The second half started at a great pace and from winning the throw in Swinford had the ball to Darren Campbel who nailed it over the bar. This was followed by a pointed free from Liam Moran and a point from play by James Devaney who soon won a penalty after been pulled down in the square. This was dispatched to the back of the net by Jack McDonnell and Swinford were now leading by 10 with only minutes gone in the half.
More points followed by the Green headed Mick Walsh, James Devaney and Liam Moran (F) and Fergal Harte. In what was their first attack of the half Larhardane went for goal by Ryan Convey pulled off another save and the ball was forced wide.
Swinford had a goal chance of their own that was just missed by substitute Kevin McShea after a great cross from James Devaney. From the resulting kick out Mick Walsh won the ball, played to James Devaney who switced the ball across field to Darren Campbell who easily put the ball over the bar. James Devaney then got another point after punching the ball over the bar and we led by 16.
It was 22 minutes into the half before Lahardane raised a flag and it was a green one but straight down the other end substitute James Sweeney punched the ball over the bar. The resulting kickout was won by Mick Walsh who played the ball to Eoin Gallagher who got his second point of the game. A poor kickout from Lahardane had the ball in James Devaney’s hands and with the goal at his mercy he does not miss and Swinford had 2-20 on the scoreboard.
Lahardane got another point before some nice work by Kevin McDonagh and subs Anthony Friel and Kevin McShea ended up with a third goal for Swinford by McShea. The game ended up with a final point by Liam Moranto finish Swinford 3-21 Lahardane 2-3.
Eleven different scorers for Swinford told the story of the game and if they can continue this form in the coming weeks promotion is a possibility. Next up is an away trip to table toppers Islandeady in two weeks.
Today was a fine team performance and credit is due to all the players and management for it.
Swinford: Ryan Convey, Paul McDonagh, Mark Forkan, Fergal Harte, Danny McNicholas, Dermot Keane, Kevin Doyle, Mick Walsh, Joe Kelly, Kevin McDonagh, Liam Moran, Darren Campbel, Jack McDonnell, Eoin Gallagher, James Devaney. Subs: Kevin McShea, James Sweeney, Steven McNicholas, Anthony Friel.
Scorers: James Devaney 1-5, Liam Moran 0-5, Jack McDonnell 1-2, Kevin McShea 1-0, Eoin Gallagher, Darren Campbell 0-2, Danny McNicholas, Joe Kelly, Mick Walsh, Fergal Harte, James Sweeney 0-1
Breaffy House Hotel Mayo G.A.A. Senior Football League – Division 1C
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