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Pro Football Academy cruise past Kirkwood in dominant display

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Rowlands 6', Martin 16', 24', McKay 18', 54', Swan 27', 30', 48', 58', Kelly 33', Donnelly 39', 42', Winchester (OG) 60'

F.C. Kirkwood 0

  • Saturday, 09 September 2017
  • Logan's Road Grass Pitch
  • Under 13´s
  • CLYFA League

Pro Football Academy continued their impressive start to the season, making it three wins out of four games as star striker Connor Swan led his team in a dominant display against Kirkwood.

Pro Football Academy started the stronger of the two sides, as they piled the pressure on the Kirkwood defence. They took the lead in the first ten minutes as centre back Cian Murphy played a straight ball from the half way line which sliced open the Kirkwood defence, allowing Barry Lee Rowlands to break through on goal and put the ball past the Kirkwood keeper Niall Sharkey.

Kirkwood's defence never got a moment to rest throughout the first half as Pro Football Academy's attack was relentless, with another chance coming shortly after their first goal as Alexander McKay floated the ball from the left into the path of Swan, who tried to catch the keeper off his line with a chip from just outside the box but put too much on it as it went just over the bar.

Swan was the star man for Pro Football Academy, playing a big part in his team's second goal as he played the ball in from the left to Roman Martin's feet, leading him to putting the ball in the bottom right corner.

Two quick fire goals from Pro Football Academy extended their lead to four after 25 minutes, with McKay getting his first goal of the game while Martin put his tally up to two.

Another Pro Football Academy goal came shortly after, as McKay won the ball on the half way line, before lofting a perfectly waited ball to Swan who had the easy job of putting the ball past Sharkey.

Swan doubled his tally shortly after by latching onto a loose backpass from the Kirkwood midfield, before rounding the keeper and putting the ball into an empty net.

Pro Football Academy got their seventh just before half time, as Sharkey was forced to bring down Anton Kelly who broke through on goal, leading to a penalty which Kelly tucked away in the bottom left corner with ease.  

  • Half Time:
  • Pro Football Academy
  • 7-0
  • F.C. Kirkwood

Despite the score the second half was much more competitive, as Kirkwood showed more fight and started to create chances.

However, Pro Football Academy continued their ruthlessness in front of goal, as substitute Aidan Donnelly empathically introduced himself into the game with two quick fire goals coming within the first ten minutes of the second half.

Soon after Swan got his hat - trick after some fantastic play from Kelly who burst down the right and played in a fantastic ball which left Sharkey helpless and allowed Swan to head the ball into an empty net.

McKay got his second of the game as he perfectly connected with a loose ball on the left of the 18 - yard box, smashing it past the keeper.

Kirkwood continued to show fight throughout the second half, with their first chance of the game coming from some inspired play on the edge of the Pro Football Academy box, Luca Ayers flicked on the ball to Kyle Jackson, who hit the ball first time on the volley forcing Pro Football Academy keeper Liam Glavin to be at full stretch to make stunning save.

Swan managed to get his fourth of the game as he put the ball into the top right hand corner, after some great individual play on the edge of the Kirkwood box.

It was a game to forget for all the Kirkwood boys, but for Liam Winchester in particular as the Kirkwood defender scored an own goal from Kelly's ball in from the right. Giving Pro Football Academy their final goal of the game.

The final chance of the game came from Kirkwood, as a free - kick played in by Jace Lyndsay caused mayhem in the Pro Football Academy box, before Glavin eventually smothered the ball.

This was a completely dominant display from Pro Football Academy who showed ruthlessness in front of goal but also strength and stability at the back. They should look to continue their impressive start to the season and maintain their place at the top of the league.

  • Full Time:
  • Pro Football Academy
  • 9-0
  • F.C. Kirkwood


Pro Football Academy
F.C. Kirkwood
1. Liam Glavin
1. Liam McAlonan
2. Kai Smith
3. Anton Kelly
4. Cian Murphy
5. Lewis Campbell
7. Alexander McKay
8. Fraser Moss
9. Connor Swan
10. Barry Lee Rowlands
11. Roman Martin
16. Aidan Donnelly
17. David Markey
1. Niall Sharkey
2. Aidan McGlaughlin
3. Ethan Porter
4. Jace Lyndsay
5. Callum Tominey
6. Kyle Jackson
7. Reagan Black
9. Logan Quate
12. Liam Winchester
16. Adam Irvine
17. Luca Ayers
18. Kyle Crawley
21. Fred Hannaway
22. Mark Johnstone
Star Player
Pro Football Academy
F.C. Kirkwood
Connor Swan - The most positive player on the park. Every time Swan was on the ball he looked to attack, whether it was creating a chance for himself or getting his team involved, it isn't hard to see why he got four goals.
Kyle Jackson - The only Kirkwood player who looked like causing any problems. He never stopped running all game and continued to attack the Pro Football Academy defence throughout. He was unlucky not to get a goal today as his audacious volley forced Glavin to make a stunning save.
Magic Moment
Pro Football Academy
F.C. Kirkwood
Again, Connor Swan is at the heart of this. Surrounded by three players in the middle of the park, Swan used his quick feet to wriggle his way through and then a great turn of pace to get away. To top it off, he played a fantastic through ball to Kelly who narrowly missed the goal.
These moments were few and far between. However, one moment that comes to mind was when Fred Hannaway completed a terrific run from just inside his own half, gliding by three Pro Academy players then playing a precise through ball to Ayers who sadly couldn't convert.
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