SWANS OFF TO A FLYER
Real FA Swans kicked off the new season with an emphatic 5-0 win over Bealnamulla yesterday in Athlone. Having not played together since last season and with a few new players coming in during the transfer window this was always going to be a nervous start to the season. However it didn't take the swans girls long to find their feet. With only a few mins gone new signing Ciara McManus had combined well with Zoe Mooney and Chloe Smullen to sting the hands of the bealnamulla keeper on a few occasions. In fact with just 12mins on the clock a powerful run by Smullen followed by a quick combination with McManus resulted in Smullen lifting the ball over the keeper and into the net for 1-0. Soon after one became two when again Smullen combined with new club captain Alison Bane, before Smullen slotted home to make it 2-0. The Swans were very much on top now with Kacey Geoghegan having a key part to play in this. Her hold up play, work rate and skill on the ball was fantastic to watch throughout the game. Bealnamulla did have some good spells during the first half and from a free kick outside the swans box stand in keeper Katie Kelly made all look very easy with a high catch in the air. Katie's distribution from the back and her ability to find passes was brilliant. As half time drew near the swans seemed to go up a gear or two and when Louise Hopkins who was excellent at left back played Alison Bane in down the line Alison made no mistake with a toe poked finish beyond the keeper to make it 3-0. Aoife Glennon then raced down the right combining with Jess Maloney who was on the overlap from right back. Jess found the feet of Kacey Geoghegan in the box but she was denied by another fantastic save. From the resulting corner the ball fell to Bane who struck a half volley in off the bar to make it 4-0 at half time.
Swans made a few changes at half time. Shauna Cunningham came into the side at left back and was excellent throughout the whole second half. Kacey Clynes and Eva Kelleghan both came on at right back and right midfield to make two very impressive debuts for the swans. With the game now over as a contest the second half was a little bit flat compared to the first. Nicole Geoghegan and Claire Stuart at Centre back both done well during the game and handled all that bealnamulla attackers had to throw at them. However the highlight of the game was saved for the second half. Ciara McManus ghosted past three bealnamulla players before wrapping her foot around the ball to place it in off the crossbar and post in the top right hand corner. A fantastic way to cap off her news of a call up to the Irish u16 set up on Friday night. With the game drawing to a close and with a good start made to the season Real FA Swans would no doubt be happy with their days work.
Bealnamulla 0-5 Real FA Swans