Football: Gallagher treble downs Killymoon against Sport & Leisure

ATTACK... Killymoon captain Richard Donaghy's attack is thwarted by a Banbridge defender.INMM4913-375SR
ATTACK... Killymoon captain Richard Donaghy's attack is thwarted by a Banbridge defender.INMM4913-375SR

A hat trick from Gallagher helped Sport & Lesuire Swifts come away with all three points at a cold MUSA on Saturday afternoon at the expense of Killymoon Rangers.

The visitors had the first attempt on goal within seconds but Cunningham’s free kick sailed wide of the mark.

At the other end good link up play between Donaghy and Young enabled the latter to fire a shot on goal but much like Cunningham few minutes before sailed wide of Nugent’s goal. Young saw a perfectly flighted free kick find Neill at the far post soon after but thankfully for the visitors the linesman’s flag was raised.

The home side took the lead after the 10 minute mark. Young’s free kick powered through the wall to give Nugent no change in the Swift’s goal.

Swifts replied almost immediately, Cunningham getting on the end of a Gallagher flick only to volley high and wide. That same player tried his luck from a free kick moments later but it was comfortably seen wide by Stewart in the Killymoon goal.

O’Neill saw a tame left footed effort saved before he put in a great cross for Gallagher’s strike partner Daly but thankfully for Killymoon it was an air short and the danger was dealt with. S

port & Lesuire where sloppy from a throw in and the home side claimed the ball back with Young firing in a half volley from distance but it sailed wide of the mark. The visitors where nearly through on goal but for good defending from Neill at the back making a last ditch challenge.

Greer saw a thunderous volley blocked very heroically by Quinn and from the resulting corner Donaghy got on the end of Young’s whipped corner but Nugent saw the ball go wide. Cunningham again tried his luck with a free kick but it sailed straight into the arms of Stewart.

A lovely cross field ball from Donaghy found its way to Young but he wasn’t able to find space and the visiting defence dealt with the danger.

Close forced Stewart into a find punch away from a free kick before Donaghy got on the end of a Greer layoff but his shot sailed over the bar.

The home side started the second half the brighter with Donaghy getting on the end of Scott cross but his effort was wide.

Moments later Leslie showed great skill to beat his man before unleashing an effort from range but his effort was over the bar. Lindsay had the vistiors first meaningful attempt in the second half forcing the home keeper into a smart stop and the same players resulting corner was eventually cleared.

An insane five minute period on the hour mark saw the visitors take the lead only for the home side to peg them back.

First, the home side where caught napping at the back before substitute Flanagan, unmarked, unleashed a thunderous volley home.

A minute later Gallagher scored his first after linking up well with Dolan to slot the ball past the helpless Stewart. The visitors celebrations where short lived however as Greer pounced on a bad mistake from the visiting keeper to slot home the equaliser.

Stewart had to punch away a dangerous ball into the box before the home side had the ball in the back of the net again. Great play by Coyle on the left hand side who put in a cross for Donaghy to slot the ball home, thankfully for the visitors he used his arm and the goal was rightly chalked off.

That’s good as it got for the home side as Gallagher unleashed a thunderous volley from range which gave Stewart no chance before he completed his hat trick with nine minutes to go after getting on the end of a Lindsay corner to seal all three points.

Subsitute Kelly drilled a low dangerous ball into the area but the visiting defence dealt with the danger well.

Killymoon Rangers: Stewart, Scott, Neill, McElhatton, Leslie, Greer (1), Ferry, Donaghy (c), Young (1), K. Kelly. Subs: D. Kelly, Coyle

Sport & Lesuire Swifts: Nugent, McDonnell, Quinn, Flynn, Morris, Close, O’Neill, Cunninghan, Daly, Gallagher (3), Lindsay, Jenkins, Corr, Donnan, Gallagher, Flanagan