swifts Match Report

  Saintfield High School 19/03/2022 Amateur League - Division 3C  
Saintfield Utd

1

5

Tollymore Forest

Saints downed

Saintfield United Swifts welcomed Tollymore Forest to Killyleagh on Saturday and amidst the beautiful back drop of sun shining over the Killyleagh Castle the Saints were dealt some killer blows as they slumped to their first defeat in 8 weeks!

The match started with the Saints on top as their quick passing was getting wingers Matthew and Philip Alexander in behind the visitors defence, but they failed to carve out any clear cut chances with a few half chances and long range shots falling to Curtis McClements and Cal Rowland.

However the early pressure failed to get converted to goals and in the 10th minute Tollymore took advantage of a slip at the back and gained an unexpected lead.

Whilst the goal came from nothing and was from Tollymore’s first venture in to the Saints half, it seemed to change the whole momentum of the game as the Saints struggled to recover from the blow. That was further compounded in the 17th minute when the experienced Forest striker struck a second with a clever left footed finish.

This time the Saints did react and started to fight their way back into the match as they took control of possession, but again clear chances where few and far between. McClements took a ball in the box from an Alexander throw, a touch to set himself and then swivel to smash a shot, but he could only manage to send it over the bar.

Peter Kelly was next to get a chance as he stayed up from CB after a corner, the ball was floated into the box and Kelly did well to control the ball in the box. But as he went to pull the trigger the Forest left back done very well to come across and block the effort. The remainder of the half was spent watching the ball travel from one end to the other with a lack of quality passing and some sloppy play from both sides.

The half time team talk was as expected for the Saints as the management team reminded the players they weren’t there to enjoy the nice sunny day, but rather to try and win a football match!

It seemed to do the trick as the Saints came flying out of the blocks at the start of the second half, with efforts on target from McClements, Rowland and Hammerton. However they were all from outside the box and none that really tested the visiting keeper.

As the Saints fought on in search for a goal to get back in the game they were again caught out by a mistake at the back. A failed effort to clear a corner left the ball at the feet of a Tollymore player with the freedom of the Saints box. He made no mistake and it was 3-0. Again the Saints rallied and a goal from Cal Rowland following a lovely cross from McClements was harshly ruled off side. Then it was McClements turn to feel hard done by as he broke free only to be denied by a smart save from the keeper, but the ball bounced up off the keeper and McClements reacted quickest to head the ball home. Only for the ball to knick the post, roll along the goal line and somehow stay out of the net!

All that pressure lead to nothing and as the Saints pushed forward they were caught out at the back as long clearance was picked up by the Forest striker and he lobbed the advancing keeper. That was it for the match, but there was still time for a very smart penalty save from Saints keeper Conor Darragh as he guessed the right way and got two hands to the ball to keep it out. Then Tollymore did add a 5th as the Saints were pushing to try and get something but in doing so left gaps at the back, which again were exploded by a long clearance.

And finally as the clock came towards the end a smart cross by Philip Alexander was cleverly prodded home at the back post by Daniel Keith for a very late consolation goal.

Over all it was a harsh lesson for the Swifts, but one they can learn from and improve on as they look to bounce back next week.



Goal Scorer: Daniel Keith (1)


   
2021-22 Season at a Glance
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Match Details
Firsts
26
7
1
18
50
74
-24
Lost

0-1 Vs Bloomfield
07/08/2021-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Crumlin United
14/08/2021-Irish Cup(A)
Won

6-1 Vs Suffolk
17/08/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-9 Vs Dromara Village
21/08/2021-Steel and Sons(H)
Lost

2-3 Vs Dunmurry Y. M.
28/08/2021-Border Cup(H)
Lost

0-3 Vs Shorts
04/09/2021-League(H)
Won

1-0 Vs Clonard
11/09/2021-League(H)
Drew

0-0 Vs Wellington Rec
18/09/2021-League(A)
Won

9-2 Vs Suffolk
25/09/2021-League(H)
Lost

0-6 Vs Greenisland
09/10/2021-League(H)
Lost

1-4 Vs Ballymacash Rangers
16/10/2021-Intermediate Cup(A)
Won

3-1 Vs Woodvale
23/10/2021-League(H)
Lost

0-3 Vs Woodvale
30/10/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Tullycarnet
06/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

0-3 Vs Holywood
13/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

4-5 Vs St Oliver Plunkett
20/11/2021-League(H)
Lost

2-3 Vs Shorts
27/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-5 Vs Holywood
04/12/2021-League(H)
Won

3-1 Vs Bloomfield
08/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Bangor Swifts
15/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Tullycarnet
22/01/2022-League(H)
Won

4-0 Vs Bangor Swifts
29/01/2022-League(H)
Won

6-1 Vs Clonard
05/02/2022-League(A)
Lost

0-4 Vs St Oliver Plunkett
12/02/2022-League(A)
Lost

0-4 Vs Greenisland
26/02/2022-League(A)
Lost

3-4 Vs Wellington Rec
12/03/2022-League(H)
Seconds
21
8
2
11
58
53
5
Lost

1-4 Vs Killyleagh YC
04/09/2021-League(A)
Lost

0-3 Vs Queens Grads
11/09/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Willowbank
25/09/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs St. Marys
02/10/2021-League(H)
Won

4-3 Vs North United
16/10/2021-Junior Shield(H)
Lost

2-3 Vs Mossley II
23/10/2021-League(A)
Won

16-1 Vs Suffolk
30/10/2021-League(H)
Lost

1-2 Vs Shamrock
20/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-5 Vs Ford
27/11/2021-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Bangor YM
18/12/2021-League(H)
Won

6-4 Vs Mossley FC
15/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

2-4 Vs Bangor Amateurs
22/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

0-3 Vs Rosemount Rec II
29/01/2022-League(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Bangor Amateurs II
05/02/2022-League(H)
Lost

3-7 Vs Shamrock II
26/02/2022-League(H)
Won

4-2 Vs Dunmurry YM
05/03/2022-League(H)
Drew

1-1 Vs Rosemount Rec II
19/03/2022-League(H)
Won

3-0 Vs Islandmagee II
02/04/2022-League(H)
Won

6-1 Vs Willowbank II
09/04/2022-League(H)
Won

3-2 Vs Dunmurry YM II
16/04/2022-League(A)
Lost

0-1 Vs Queens Grads II
23/04/2022-League(H)
Thirds
23
7
4
12
52
58
-6
Lost

0-2 Vs Ballynahinch Utd Swifts
21/08/2021-League(H)
Lost

0-1 Vs Castlewellan Forest
31/08/2021-League(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Kilmore Rec
04/09/2021-League(H)
Drew

2-2 Vs Cloughey FC
11/09/2021-Bobby Dalzell Cup(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Ardglass II
25/09/2021-League(A)
Won

5-2 Vs Valley Rangers Colts
09/10/2021-Bobby Dalzell Cup(H)
Lost

0-4 Vs Mourne Rovers
16/10/2021-League(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Newcastle YB
23/10/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Killough
30/10/2021-Bobby Dalzell Cup(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Castlewellan Forest
06/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Strangford
13/11/2021-League(H)
Drew

0-0 Vs Drumaness Mills
20/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

3-7 Vs Ballynagross II
27/11/2021-League(H)
Drew

2-2 Vs Ballyvea II
04/12/2021-League(A)
Won

8-0 Vs Celtic Bhoys Academy
11/12/2021-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Ballyhalbert United
15/01/2022-Harry Clarke Cup(H)
Won

3-1 Vs Ballynahinch Utd Swifts
22/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

1-4 Vs Ballynagross II
29/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

0-3 Vs Strangford
12/02/2022-League(A)
Lost

3-4 Vs Drumaness Mills Reserves
26/02/2022-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Ardglass II
19/03/2022-League(H)
Won

7-2 Vs Newcastle Young Boys
02/04/2022-League(H)
Won

6-5 Vs Celtic Bhoys Academy
09/04/2022-League(H)
Swifts
21
6
2
13
38
66
-28
Lost

1-2 Vs Killough II
28/08/2021-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Tolymore Forest
04/09/2021-League(A)
Won

2-1 Vs Strangford Seconds
25/09/2021-League(H)
Lost

3-4 Vs Valley Rangers Colts
02/10/2021-League(H)
Lost

1-2 Vs Ballynahinch Olympic III
09/10/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-6 Vs Ballyhalbert Utd
23/10/2021-League(A)
Lost

0-4 Vs Killough
30/10/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Celtic Bhoys Athletic
06/11/2021-League(H)
Lost

4-6 Vs Rossglass County
13/11/2021-League(H)
Lost

0-6 Vs Strangford II
20/11/2021-League(A)
Won

3-2 Vs Rossglass County II
04/12/2021-League(A)
Won

5-1 Vs Dundrum United II
11/12/2021-League(H)
Lost

2-5 Vs Ballyvea III
22/01/2022-League(A)
Won

2-1 Vs Cloughey
05/02/2022-League(A)
Won

4-0 Vs Dundrum United II
12/02/2022-League(A)
Lost

1-5 Vs Tollymore Forest
19/03/2022-League(H)
Lost

1-5 Vs Ballyvea United III
02/04/2022-League(H)
Drew

1-1 Vs Dromara Village III
09/04/2022-League(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Dromara Village III
09/04/2022-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Cloughey FC
16/04/2022-League(H)
Lost

2-8 Vs Celtic Bhoys Athletic
23/04/2022-League(A)
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