Swifts win on the road
By Steve Antoniewicz
Early away success for Swifts
The two side have been opponents in several friendlies but this was their first competitive encounter since Jeanfield joined the AFYFC.
Jeanfield took to the field wearing their new away kits, sponsored by Firespec Scotland's leading structural fire-protection consultancy.
The Jeanfield starting line-up featured a trialist playing his second game. In the early exchanges the game lacked any fluency but Jeanfield looked to settle the quickest of the two sides. The Duloch goalkeeper was being kept busier than Connor Rosewell and he parried some strikes from distance from Scott Peebles who was restored to midfield and Daniel O'Callaghan.
The opening goal would eventually come when a free kick was awarded near the half way line, Ronan Antoniewicz stepped up and pinged an inviting ball into the six yard box, the trialist rose above the defence to head against the bar, but O'callaghan reacted quickest to tuck the ball home at the rebound. 0-1 Jeanfield.
Duloch looked rattled and Jeanfield began to put together some good passing moves but the Swifts couldn't take advantage of their impetus in the game. Duloch made a substitution up front and the new entrant made an immediate impact. He got the break of the ball in a fifty-fifty challenge at the edge of the box then another missed tackle allowed space and he blasted the ball home from 12 yards. 1-1 HT
The second half saw Kieran Porter and Rodger Van Schalk enter the field. Duloch came out with a renewed purpose and the score and the game were level. Peebles took a knock and was replaced by Lewis Finnie. Finnie went into the backline and had plenty to do as the play was mostly heading towards the Jeanfield goal. The Swifts seemed to come back to life midway through the half and a move down the left released the trialist, he showed pace and skill to get into the box and two step-overs tempted a rash tackle. Penalty awarded and calmly converted by O'callaghan. 1-2
The goal took the wind out of Duloch and Jeanfield began to dominate the play. Another move down the left saw the trialist hit the by-line before he cut the ball back for Van Schalk who tucked it away calmly from the edge of the six yard box. 1-3 Jeanfield.
A valuable three points for Jeanfield on the road. MOTM Trialist.