ATHLONE 3-0 REAL FA SWANS
Down but certainly not out will be one of the headlines from today's game v Athlone Town. Athlone the new super power in ladies football after recruiting players from all across the other clubs in the midlands league certainly didn't have it all their own way and the scorelines defiantly does not reflect the game.
Both teams started brightly with Swans soaking up some early Athlone Town pressure. On the 15th minute an athlone town player went down in the box. The ref waved it away no peno much to the disgruntled Athlone bench. Soon after the Swans raided down the left where Chloe Smullen swung a fantastic ball into the box. Aoife Glennon tried to play in Ciara McManus where a shot was prob on the cards instead and the chance filltered out. Both teams to their credit matched each other for most of the first half. Following an Athlone corner the Swans broke quickly and when Zoe Mooney was taking out in the box just before the break the ref again waved it away. The first half and the game as a whole was played in good spirits however
It was at the half time break when the ref had to do most of his work today.
Athlone Town made the referee aware to the fact that the Swans were playing what they seen as two overage player ie. U17s. With the questioning taking place at the touchine the Swans players soon were aware of the conversation going on. Thankfully the Swans coaching team could produce an email from the Midlands league sent on Wednesday morning which allowed the Swans players play IE now making this an u16/17 division. However as a club we are not impressed with our integrity being questioned by Athlone Town and I'm sure had the result being different it wouldn't have being the last we would have heard on this matter.
The second half burst into life with Athlone flying down the wing. A fantastic delievry into the box saw Katelyn Keogh loop the ball over Swans keeper Grace O Sullivan. Swans still a bit out of sorts from the half time events tried to rally. Kacey Clynes started to have an influence after being introduced at half time and got a few shots away on goal. However a mistake in the Swans box soon after allowed Keogh to grab her second. Swans were right up against in now and the wind seemed to increace with each passing minute. Grace O Sullivan pulled off another fantastic before a laps in concentration seen Athlone nick another one just before the full time whistle. While Swasn will go home ruing the couple of missed chances in the first half, Athlone took their few chances in the second. This the only differnce between the side was the converting of goal opportunities at crucial stages of the game. Athlone to be fair overall deserved the win and the three points.
Our Swans will now re-group and bounce back again. This group has a great chatacter and we know they will come back stronger in the coming weeks. Well done to all the players and parents for travelling.