Senior League Match Report Swinford v Achill


After the disappointment of last weekend the team put in a very good display this evening at Robert McCallion Memorial Park to draw with Achill.

A great bunch travelled from the island to Swinford for the game and it was well worth the journey. Both teams played football that does not warrant their positions near the bottom of division 1C.

Michael Walsh opened the scoring after 20 seconds where fine interplay between Kevin McDonagh, James Sweeney set Mick up for the point. Achill kicked the next three points over the space of five minutes, the first one coming from a good save by Damien Geraghty.

Swinford second was a lovely point from Kevin McDonagh, a one-two from a sideline ball with Mick Walsh set Kevin away to kick over the bar. Achill soon restored their two point lead.

In the 8th minute Kevin McDonagh got his second point and after a great run by Alan McLoughlin resulting in a free Liam Moran leveled the game.

On the 15th minute Liam Moran put Swinford ahead and withing minutes Liam found the back of the net. Great work betwen Kevin McDonagh, Michael Prendergast and Liam Moran sent Liam away to bury in the net. Swinford were well on top now and afterΒ  a kickout was won by Michael Walsh and played into Kevin McDonagh, another point was added. Liam Moran added another to put us 6 clear with 23 minutes gone.

The defence were well in control and pushing Achill back all the time but they were too be breached. Patient build up by the visitors saw the ball kicked across the box and fisted into the net to bring the deficit back to three.

Swinford rallied in the last five minutes of the half and Liam Moran added two points to leave matters at the break Swinford 1-9 Achill 1-4.

With the wind advantage in the second half Achill soon reduced the deficit only for Michael Prendergast to cancel it out.

Then in the space of five minutes Achill scored 1-3 to take the lead. It was a dominant period that showed they had not just come for the scenery of East Mayo. Kevin McDonagh equalised with over 15 mins left and the game was anybody.

A great save by Damien Geraghty kept the scores level before a soft free for Achill put them ahead once again. Michael Prendergast leveled once more with a fine point from out on the left.

With time running out Achill again took the leadΒ  and on the 60th minute Michael Prendergast leveled the game for the 6th time. Despite a stonewall call for a free in injury time within kicking distance of the posts there was to be no more added to the scoreboard and the game finished Swinford 1-13 Achill 2-10.

Swinford played some great football and if they continue this form the wins will come and we can push away from the bottom of the table.

Swinford: Damien Geraghty, Alan McLoughlin, Sean Brady, Kevin Barry, James Lavin, Ryan Convey, Joshua Smith, Michael Walsh, Johnny Burke, James Sweeney, Kevin McShea, Liam Moran, Kevin McDonagh, Michael Prendergast, Tom Horkan. Subs Aiden McLoughlin, Conor Conway, Darren Campbell

Scorers: Liam Moran 1-5, Kevin McDonagh 0-4, Michael Prendergast 0-3, Michael Walsh 0-1.

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