Real FA Swans 3-1 Banagher Utd

On Saturday last Real FA Swans overcame a tough Banagher Utd side in their latest outing in the Midlands League. The Swans started the game brightly and had some decent spells of possession. This early pressure paid off when fifteen minutes in some nice interplay between Jessica Maloney and Chloe Smullen, seen Smullen fire one of her trade mark strikes across the keeper and into the net. As the half developed the Swans continued their domination on the football with some crisp accurate passing. However as chance after chance was created, the Swans could not extend their lead. This was due to some fantastic goalkeeping by the Banagher keeper but also some wasteful finishing by the home side. As half time approached Banagher had a rare attack into the Swans half but nothing came of the pressure and from the resulting break the Swans doubled their lead when Kacey Geoghegan glided past the Banagher centre half and finished to the bottom left corner of the net.

As expected Banagher came strong out of the blocks in the second half. They built some great momentum and had the Swans defence under plenty of pressure. Finally mid way through the second half that pressure paid off. From a Banagher cross from the left the ball bounced up off the surface to strike Oonagh Cassidy on the hand. The ref pointed to the penalty spot and offered Banagher a way back into the game. Sinnian Glynn converted the penalty past Swans keeper Grace o Sullivan and it was now game on with still half of the second half to play.  The Swans having not played in three weeks found it hard to really get their game out of third gear. However they were still managing to create some chances and with ten minutes to go Chloe Smullen grabbed her second of the game with an individual run and finish past the Banagher keeper which effectively put the game to bed. Banagher to their credit continued to battle until the game was over but the Swans took all three points and continued their good start to the season. 


Jessica Maloney was a constant powerhouse in the middle of the Swans midfield. Chloe Smullen grabbed two fantastic goals and played and important part in the game. At the back Oonagh Cassidy was excellent and Kacey Geoghegan led the line well up front before being substituted with illness. It was also great to see Sinead Byrne make her competitive debut for the Swans as she replaced Grace in goals for the last twenty minutes. 

Next up for Real FA Swans is Killeigh Utd next Sat. Well done to all our girls this week.

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