A good start for the junior team this afternoon, building on their great year in 2014.
After seven minutes we had raced into a 4 point lead, thanks to a fine point from Paul McNicholas, two frees from the boot of Kevin McDonagh and a nice point from Gerry Callaghan after a quick free from Kevin McDonagh.
Shrule then came into the game and scored three points in quick succession. The third point resulting from a penalty after Aaron Kinsella was given a black card. Sean Kavanagh moved from full forward into the Number 1 position and his first job was to watch the ball fire over the crossbar.
We then regained our composure and a free from Kevin McDonagh and a point from Johnny Pidgeon gave us a three point lead.
Shrule narrowed the gap to two before Kevin McDonagh nailed two frees to leave us at Half Time with a 4 point lead, 0-8 to 0-4.
As he finished the first half Kevin McDonagh scored another free early in the second half and we looked to be in total control. But over the next ten minutes Shrule scored five unanswered points to draw level with 16 minutes gone.
In the 21st minutes Kevin McDonagh scored a sweet point from roughly 40 yards out to restore our lead. James Sweeney followed this with another point to leave us two clear.
Points were exchanged in the last 5 minutes with another fine point from play by Kevin McDonagh.
The game ended with a black card for the Shrule full forward and happy faces on the Swinford team.
Swinford Aaron Kinsella, Stephen Kenny, John Gerard Kelly, Mark McNicholas, Stephen McDonnell, Kevin Barry, Paul McNicholas, Gerard Callaghan, Barry Brennan, James Lavin, Kevin McDonagh, Patrick Ward, Johnny Pidgeon, Sean Kavanagh, James Sweeney.
Subs used: Caoimghin McLoughlin, Andy Lenihan, Paul McDonagh.