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Milk Cup Diary: Day Four

31 July 2014

SWINDON Town made the trip to Castle Rock knowing that there was a possibility of being in the Salver Cup Final, which proved to be enough motivation for the players to achieve, writes Jeremy Newton.

Swindon got off to a great start when Jack Stanley scored with a delicate flick following a good passing sequence that involved lots of Town players. We thought that this might have settled us down after being in that position yesterday but the knock-on effect was that we lost being in control and stopped regaining the ball in key areas. Dundalk piled on the pressure from set pieces and caused us problems, especially from corners. We rode our luck at times and Dundalk had a shot that came back of the post. We knew that we were in a tough game and needed to get to half time in the same position to re-group and get some calmness to the proceedings.

During the break I said to the players to accept that we were going to be under lots of pressure for the second half but I wanted us to go back and pass the ball better, retain possession, not to force anything and to make sure that we are in control of the game. Jayden Mitchell collected the ball, cut inside and beat another player before curling his shot into the top right corner from 20 yards and celebrated in style! Dundalk had a few chances and 'keeper Declan Lehmann made an amazing save to deny their striker a goal. We then made a few personnel changes and hoped to see the game out. We went and scored another when Jordan Morris' clearance was met by Sol Pryce who out-muscled his opponent to then score and give us a 3-0 lead. I then replaced the 'keeper Declan Lehmann with Aaron Holloway who played some minutes which was good for him, so all players have had some game time in the Milk Cup.

We play Everton in the final of Salver Cup at 11am at Anderson Park in Coleraine tomorrow.

Swindon: Declan Lehmann, Jack Stanley, Will Christopher, Mason Hathaway, Albi Hopkins, Callum Gunner, Jordan Morris, Sam Beaumont, Scott Twine, Jordan Young, Jayden Mitchell.

Subs: Aaron Holloway, Ullas Akkus, Alex Hallett, Sol Pryce, Harry Hillerby, Ollie Rejek, Luke Haines

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