Brilliant Breen winner keeps Swords in race

by Dave Donnelly

Swords Celtic toppled rivals Ballymun United from the top of LSL Sunday Senior 1 with a hard-fought 2-1 win at the Soccer Complex in Ballymun.

Goals from Jack McGlade and Stephen Breen either side of a David Lacey equaliser saw Brendan Kennedy’s Swords side hit the summit.

The visitors opened the scoring after 20 minutes when a mazy run from Eoin Jones ended with the ball at the feet of striker McGlade.

The 18-year-old striker dropped his shoulder before turning back inside onto his left foot and chipping the ball into the top corner.

Swords were pegged back on the hour mark as former St Mochta’s striker Lacey ghosted in at the front post before glancing a header into the top corner.

With just ten minutes remaining, Breen struck to ensure all three points returned Balheary and, with it, top spot in the second tier ladder.

It was a length-of-the-field move involving a one-two between right-back Keith Reilly and midfielder Graham Leahy, before the latter stood up a cross for Breen to send a looping header over the keeper.

“It was a great advertisement for Leinster Senior football,” Kennedy told the Dublin Gazette.

“We’re delighted to get the three points to get us to the top. Ballymun have been strong all year and they haven’t conceded many goals.

“Going into the game, we’ve only lost twice in 12, and we’ve actually been playing better away from Swords than we have at home.

“We were confident we could go and get the three points, but we knew it was never going to be easy.”

Swords are now a point clear of Ballymun at the top, with two extra games played, while Liffey Wanderers sit a point further back with four games to spare.

Kennedy has parked thoughts of the title for now with any of eight sides mathematically in the frame for top spot.

“We’re playing for third, depending on how other teams get on with their games in hand. But if they drop points and we stay where we are, we’ll take first!”

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