Swords Celtic hit Briggan for six

by Karl Graham
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SWORDS Celtic’s Under-14 Premier side reached the semi-final of the Brendan McKenna Cup thanks to an emphatic 6-1 win over Balbriggan FC.
They took awhile to get going but still managed to take the lead early on through Flynn Munroe after good work from Adam Naughton and Cameron Nangle.
Their lead was then doubled five minutes later with a tap in from Matthew O’Brien after the keeper made a good save to keep out Bobby Brady’s volley.
Naughton and Brady grabbed a goal each before the break and Naughton added another from the spot early in the second half for their their fifth. Balbriggan managed to pull one back but it was Swords who had the last say when Munroe departed on a mazy run before finding the net on his second attempt.
The game came three days after Swords came up against St Kevin’s at home in the league and ran out 2-1 winners to keep up their 100% start to the campaign with seven wins from seven.
Both teams started at a fierce pace but it was the visitors who took the lead from a free kick parried into the path of the goal scorer. Swords equalised shortly afterwards before Naughton grabbed the winner for his side in the second half.
Speaking about the win over Kevin’s, manager Joe Gannon told GazetteSport of his delight at securing a win over a good side, having just returning from a tournament abroad.
“It was a hard fought win because we were only home from a tournament in England, which we won by beating Wallsend BC who have produced the likes of Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and Michael Carrick. Also, six of the lads were out ill so we are delighted with that.
“We’ve to go back in six weeks time to play in St George’s Park, which is the headquarters for the English FA, to play in the grand final.”
Gannon also spoke about the great work Daire Doyle is doing at the club and the attitude he is instilling in the players
“We’ve had a great start to the season. We are really strong on developing players to be the best they can. Daire coaches the lads to be winners, not to win. He said that to the parents and players from day one.
“If he wants to go out and play football and win matches and leagues and cups, by playing hoof-ball and playing what we call GAA soccer, it is pointless.
“We don’t do that but we like to win by playing football the way football should be played. Play out from the back and develop the lads to be footballers. That is what Daire is all about,” Gannon concluded.

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