MATCH DAY 1 MIDLANDS LEAGUE

REAL FA SWANS 9-3 Birr Town

Real FA Swans kicked off their first league game of the season this morning at their new home in Wilsons Hospital School Multyfarnham. In fact this was the Swans first ever competitive game in our short history. Although the final score suggests that the margin between the two teams was very great, this was not the case at different periods of the game. 

FIRST HALF
The Swans played against a strong breeze and driving rain in the first half and were soon under pressure from series of long punts up the field by the Birr Town outfit. Having dealt with the first few onslaughts on goal the Swans defence were soon undone by a speculative long ball that the quick Birr Town centre forward raced onto and slotted cooly past Swans keeper Grace. In fact it was a copycat second goal that Birr Twn got soon after to double their lead with just twenty mins gone in the first half. The Swans were now on the back foot and looked a little nervous about proceedings. Sometimes in games you just need one moment, just one spark to get the side going, cue Chloe.  Chloe picked up the ball midway inside her own half and with only one thing in mind raced through the Birr defense leaving a trail of defenders behind her before finishing the ball past the helpless Birr keeper. As the ball hit the net you could see that it sparked something in all the Swans players. Keeper Grace pulled off a fantastic save at the feet of the Birr Town striker looking for her hat-trick to keep the score 1-2, before the Swans quickly went on the counter attack which saw Alison cutting in from the left, slide a ball across the six yard box for Aoife to slot home at the back post. The Swans were level and with ten minutes left in the first half were looking increasingly dangerous with every attack. Centre forward for the first half Jessica rounded off another free flowing move with a fierce shot past the keeper, before Katie fired in a fantastic free kick to the top left hand corner from approx 25 years out. The Swnas finished the half 4-2 up having come from 2 nil down. 

SECOND HALF
The second half may have seen a change in the weather with the rain and wind hardly noticeable now, but the Swans mood for goals hadn't. Zöe quickly had the ball in the back of the Birr Town net and this was quickly followed by a brace of goals by Alison who showed some great individual ball control ghosting past a number of defenders and calmly finishing to the net. At 7-2 you would be forgiven to think that the game was over. This was definitely not the case as a gutsy Birr Town came back fighting. They had the Swans defense again under pressure after a serious of attacks. Fortunately for the Swans, Birr came up against an inspired keeper today between the sticks. Grace was both commanding, in her area and brilliant with her feet. It would be fair to say she too would have taken Joe Harts spot today if you were looking for a keeper to both stop the opposition and quickly start attacks. In fact it was a route one ball that saw the Swans grab their eight. Grace put a long ball down the middle of the pitch, the flight and bounce of the ball evaded everyone, Nicola raced onto it and again no mistake in front of goal from this ever improving new signing as she grabbed her first league goal for the Swans. Birr Twn did grab a third soon after, as a deflected shot inside the six yard box ended up in the Swans net. Finally it was Chloe who had the last say as she chipped the Birr Town keeper from 20 yards as she raced outside of her box, missed her clearance and found herself back peddling helplessly as Chloe's shot ended up in the net

Well done to all players today especially the ones who didn't have the honour of putting the ball in the net or directly keeping it out of the net. However the build up play and defending at times by the remaining players was fantastic. Well done Nicole, Claire, Zoey P, Oonagh, Shauna, Louise, Katelyn, Sarah 

COACHES VIEW
Speaking to Coach Simon Mooney after the game both he and Ray Geoghegan were happy with the result. "We played some excellent free flowing football at times, but we are keen to rectify the goals at the other end that we conceded as we move through the season" said Mooney. 
Geoghegan then added " Yes the girls composure in front of goal was excellent, the character to get ourselves back into the game has to be complimented, however as Simon said we hope to not let ourselves be in that position too many times throughout the season. 

Both coaches concluded by thanking both the parents of all the players for coming out to support on a wet morning, Birr Town for a great game and of course Wilsons Hospital School and ground staff for providing us with a fantastic surface for the match. 
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