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Itís seventh heaven for Reserves in their final league game of season

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Newmills Reserves...2 Rathfriland Swifts Reserves...7
RATHFRILAND Swifts Reserves made the lengthy trip away to Newmills for their final league game of the season hoping to clinch a top-four finish with another three points.
The strong Swifts side began with intent, and were ahead minutes into the game. Rathfriland's opener came from a burst of pace from Ben Clydesdale, who then calmly slotted past the Newmills 'keeper to give the visitors the lead.
Newmills were soon level though, from the penalty spot.
The referee awarded a spot kick after a strong challenge from Brian Magennis, and the Newmills' number 15 coolly dispatched into the bottom corner.
The visitors soon had a penalty of their own though, Aaron Megaw was hacked to the ground inside the box, and was on hand to hit yet another goal for the Swifts to re-take the lead. 
The first-half would see yet another spot kick, with Newmills awarded their second of the day.
However Rathfriland 'keeper Kamil Koch made a terrific save down to his left to keep the lead into the half-time break.
Having restored their lead, Rathfriland would go all out for goals in the second-half.
Two quick goals including an own goal, and a wicked Colum McComish volley left things looking comfortable for the visitors until Newmills pulled another back leaving the score at 4-2 with 20 minutes remaining.
Some tidy midfield play made the visitors' next goal.
The midfield trio of Keith Megaw, Micheal McArdle and Adrian Megaw sparked a series of tidy passing, working through for captain McArdle to bag Rathfriland's fifth goal of the afternoon.
The Swifts made their changes, with Steven Rowland replacing Colum McComish.
Ben Clydesdale would double his tally for the day with another tidy finish before being replaced by Ethan McDonald on the wing.
Rathfriland completed their day's work with a seventh goal, worked from a short corner with Allen Ervine and Aaron Megaw combining for Ervine to swing in the final goal of the game.
A hard-fought but deserved win for the Swifts Reserves, who after a decent run pre-Christmas, see out the league season with a strong three points.

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