SWINDON TOWN: FULL TIME: Swindon Town 9 Select XI 1

SWINDON Town fell one goal shy of double figures in their pre-season clash with a select XI at their training based in Lake Garda, as they ran out 9-1 victors.

Two strikes from James Collins and one from Andy Williams gave the Robins the massive upper hand at the break in Town’s first outing of their pre-season tour of Italy.

Paolo Di Canio made 10 changes for the second half, with only goalkeeper Wes Foderingham remaining on the pitch, and the Swindon stopper could do nothing as Filippo Piasentin stepped up to slot the ball past him from the penalty spot after Lorenzo Zerbato was tripped by trialist Simone Materazzi.

Luke Rooney scored Town’s fourth just before the hour, and further strikes from Raffa De Vita, Paul Benson and Rooney from the spot wrapped up a simple victory.

Miles Storey added the icing six minutes from the end, and Rooney’s hat-trick strike was the cherry on top in the dying moments.

Here are the key moments from today’s first half:

Six mins: GOAL 1-0 (Collins) It’s a decent start from Town and the tourists takes the lead when Matt Ritchie swings in a cross from the right and James Collins rises well to head the ball past Nicola Mantovanelli in the Select XI goal.

Eight mins: GOAL 2-0 (Collins) Precisely two minutes after going in front, Town double their lead. Ritchie provides a pin-point crossfield ball, which is collected by Gary Roberts and the former Huddersfield man picks out Collins at the back post to tap home from close range.

It could all become a little too easy for Swindon at this rate.

14 mins: Town enjoy a bit of a let-off as Lorenzo Zerbato gets down the outside on the left and his cut-back falls to the feet of Mirko Cuchito, whose mis-hit effort beats Foderingham but comes back off the Robins keeper’s left-hand post.

32 mins: GOAL 3-0 (Williams) After a sticky period, during which Town have plenty of possession without making any serious impact, a lucky break gives the Robins a third.

Ritchie sticks a boot in to dispossess Federico Accordini on the edge of the area and the loose ball falls to the feet of Andy Williams, who buried the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the Select XI net.

36 mins: Williams dispossesses Filippo Piasentin on the edge of the box, but his curling shot is punched away by Mantovanelli.

37 mins: Roberts steams down the left, and plays in Williams who in turn tees up Collins for a free pop at goal.

Collins aims for the bottom right-hand corner but Mantovanelli gets down to beat the ball to safety.

44 mins: Alan Navarro’s free kick breaks to Ritchie on the edge of the area and his low drive is snaffled by Mantovanelli as Swindon push for a fourth before the interval.

49 mins: GOAL 3-1 (Piasentin, pen) Simone Materazzi fells Zerbato just inside the Town penalty area and Piasentin steps up to fire the resulting penalty beyond Foderingham.

57 mins: GOAL 4-1 (Rooney) Swindon get a grip on proceedings once again and restore their three-goal lead when Luke Rooney latches onto Alessandro Cibocchi’s chipped ball forward, beats two mean, dances into the area and slots beneath Mantovanelli.

65 mins: Cibocchi’s corner from the right finds Troy Archibald-Henville at the back post but the centre-back nods his free header over the crossbar.

66 mins: GOAL 5-1 (De Vita) Rooney skips down the left and curls in a well-weighted ball to the back post where Raffa De Vita pops up to nod a superb header back across Mantovanelli and into the bottom right-hand corner.

The select XI are starting to tire and Swindon should take advantage.

74 mins: GOAL 6-1 (Benson) De Vita piles down the right and reaches the byeline where his cross is prodded in by Paul Benson’s shin from less than a yard.

81 mins: GOAL 7-1 (Rooney, pen) Rooney has been one of Swindon’s top performers in the second period and he steps up to score from the spot after being felled by Piasentin.

84 mins: GOAL 8-1 (Storey) De Vita’s shot from the edge of the area is half stopped by Piasentin but the ball breaks to Miles Storey, who takes a touch before calmly beating Mantovanelli.

86 mins: GOAL 9-1 (Rooney, hat-trick) A neat set-piece move, involving Cibocchi, De Vita and Rooney ends with the latter tapping the ball into the net. Di Canio is delighted with this one – obviously one from the training ground.

FIRST-HALF TEAM: Wes Foderingham; Nathan Thompson, Aden Flint, Alan McCormack, Jay McEveley; Matt Ritchie, Tommy Miller, Alan Navarro, Gary Roberts; James Collins, Andy Williams

Subs: Leigh Bedwell, Chris Smith

SECOND-HALF TEAM: Wes Foderingham (Leigh Bedwell, 69); Simone Materazzi (Chris Smith, 67), Joe Devera, Troy Archibald-Henville, Alessandro Cibocchi; Raffa De Vita, Simon Ferry, Oliver Risser, Luke Rooney; Miles Storey, Paul Benson

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6:55pm Thu 5 Jul 12

London Red says...

Rooney Hat-Trick and an assist - is he stepping up to the challenge?
Rooney Hat-Trick and an assist - is he stepping up to the challenge? London Red

7:13pm Thu 5 Jul 12

umpcah says...

Ah well , 10 next game perhaps ?
Ah well , 10 next game perhaps ? umpcah

7:14pm Thu 5 Jul 12

smirg kcab says...

onwards and upwards
onwards and upwards smirg kcab

7:19pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Oi Den! says...

London Red wrote:
Rooney Hat-Trick and an assist - is he stepping up to the challenge?
LR, you're not seriously suggesting that Rooney's prospects for next season could be assessed on his performance over 45 mins against a hastily assembled pub team? Maybe he'll have a great season, maybe not. These games are little more than training sessions. Good for fitness and general preparation but they tell us the square root of b*gger all about what will happen when the real business starts.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Rooney Hat-Trick and an assist - is he stepping up to the challenge?[/p][/quote]LR, you're not seriously suggesting that Rooney's prospects for next season could be assessed on his performance over 45 mins against a hastily assembled pub team? Maybe he'll have a great season, maybe not. These games are little more than training sessions. Good for fitness and general preparation but they tell us the square root of b*gger all about what will happen when the real business starts. Oi Den!

7:24pm Thu 5 Jul 12

London Red says...

No I don't think it is an indication of how we/he will do - but surely it shows he is hungry and possibly worked on aspects of his game over the summer
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Both he and PdC said he needed to score more - he got 3 today more than anyone else
No I don't think it is an indication of how we/he will do - but surely it shows he is hungry and possibly worked on aspects of his game over the summer . Both he and PdC said he needed to score more - he got 3 today more than anyone else London Red

8:18pm Thu 5 Jul 12

sharper says...

I'd fancy scoring against this lot. Remember last season we beat two sides of this calibre in Norica, in which Atiku, Lanzano and the like 'impressed'. The Bayern II two side will be a much sterner test.
I'd fancy scoring against this lot. Remember last season we beat two sides of this calibre in Norica, in which Atiku, Lanzano and the like 'impressed'. The Bayern II two side will be a much sterner test. sharper

8:26pm Thu 5 Jul 12

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Exactly it's a stroll in the park for fitness.

Nothing else and not worth debating about players in the coming season.
Exactly it's a stroll in the park for fitness. Nothing else and not worth debating about players in the coming season. TheDukeOfBanbury

9:01pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Redhouse Red says...

Think the score is almost irrelevant

If we'd of lost however, their would of been plenty to debate
Think the score is almost irrelevant If we'd of lost however, their would of been plenty to debate Redhouse Red

9:04pm Thu 5 Jul 12

super red says...

Not looking great for materrazi, comes on as 2nd half sub, gives away pen and then subbed ten mins later.!!!
Not looking great for materrazi, comes on as 2nd half sub, gives away pen and then subbed ten mins later.!!! super red

9:15pm Thu 5 Jul 12

HardwickeRed says...

1 game and 1 goal against. New keeper needed asap. We`re doomed i tell you
1 game and 1 goal against. New keeper needed asap. We`re doomed i tell you HardwickeRed

9:20pm Thu 5 Jul 12

the don69 says...

Paolo said he was expecting a tough evening!well I'd like to know what he thinks is an easy one!lol,seems to me we'd have had a harder game against the Dog & Duck at least they'd have snapped a bit at our ankles LOL!!!!!!!!!bring on the German stiffs!!!!!!
Paolo said he was expecting a tough evening!well I'd like to know what he thinks is an easy one!lol,seems to me we'd have had a harder game against the Dog & Duck at least they'd have snapped a bit at our ankles LOL!!!!!!!!!bring on the German stiffs!!!!!! the don69

9:33pm Thu 5 Jul 12

the wizard says...

I don't see games like this as an indicator of League performance.

That said this evening Rooney still had to get in the right place at the right time and be able to put the ball in the net. Something others generally struggle to do. Nice one from Miles Storey, and you just can't help liking the guy, he continues to try hard and get on. I'm hoping to see more of him this season, I hope he is able to force his way in, even if its a sub for ten minutes, better than nothing.
I don't see games like this as an indicator of League performance. That said this evening Rooney still had to get in the right place at the right time and be able to put the ball in the net. Something others generally struggle to do. Nice one from Miles Storey, and you just can't help liking the guy, he continues to try hard and get on. I'm hoping to see more of him this season, I hope he is able to force his way in, even if its a sub for ten minutes, better than nothing. the wizard

9:50pm Thu 5 Jul 12

southside7 says...

London Red wrote:
No I don't think it is an indication of how we/he will do - but surely it shows he is hungry and possibly worked on aspects of his game over the summer
.
Both he and PdC said he needed to score more - he got 3 today more than anyone else
And I remember the Risser pre-season amazing displays this time last year......calm boys....calm. Rooney will be nowhere near next season's team.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: No I don't think it is an indication of how we/he will do - but surely it shows he is hungry and possibly worked on aspects of his game over the summer . Both he and PdC said he needed to score more - he got 3 today more than anyone else[/p][/quote]And I remember the Risser pre-season amazing displays this time last year......calm boys....calm. Rooney will be nowhere near next season's team. southside7

10:04pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Wilesy says...

It's a gentle run out against modest opposition, that's all. The first league game will be the one to judge...

It doesn't sound like Materazzi set the world alight though, although with N Thompson, C Smith and even Devera we have enough players battling to be back-up to Caddis.
It's a gentle run out against modest opposition, that's all. The first league game will be the one to judge... It doesn't sound like Materazzi set the world alight though, although with N Thompson, C Smith and even Devera we have enough players battling to be back-up to Caddis. Wilesy

10:18pm Thu 5 Jul 12

the wizard says...

Wilesy wrote:
It's a gentle run out against modest opposition, that's all. The first league game will be the one to judge...

It doesn't sound like Materazzi set the world alight though, although with N Thompson, C Smith and even Devera we have enough players battling to be back-up to Caddis.
Hi ya Wilesy,

Are we playing Marine again this year ? Can't believe how quick this last 12 months seems to have gone. Upwards again I reckon. Don't think the bookies will give us such odds again. A few here gave them a spanking and they don't like that.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: It's a gentle run out against modest opposition, that's all. The first league game will be the one to judge... It doesn't sound like Materazzi set the world alight though, although with N Thompson, C Smith and even Devera we have enough players battling to be back-up to Caddis.[/p][/quote]Hi ya Wilesy, Are we playing Marine again this year ? Can't believe how quick this last 12 months seems to have gone. Upwards again I reckon. Don't think the bookies will give us such odds again. A few here gave them a spanking and they don't like that. the wizard

10:39pm Thu 5 Jul 12

akershaker says...

southside7 wrote:
London Red wrote:
No I don't think it is an indication of how we/he will do - but surely it shows he is hungry and possibly worked on aspects of his game over the summer
.
Both he and PdC said he needed to score more - he got 3 today more than anyone else
And I remember the Risser pre-season amazing displays this time last year......calm boys....calm. Rooney will be nowhere near next season's team.
I think it's a bit harsh to say Rooney will be no where near next years team. He will be an impact sub/challenging for the first team at the least. We Saw lots of good stuff from Rooney last season, and he is still young, I see him as being an important part of our first team squad. Would expect him to play at least 20 to 30 games next season.
[quote][p][bold]southside7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: No I don't think it is an indication of how we/he will do - but surely it shows he is hungry and possibly worked on aspects of his game over the summer . Both he and PdC said he needed to score more - he got 3 today more than anyone else[/p][/quote]And I remember the Risser pre-season amazing displays this time last year......calm boys....calm. Rooney will be nowhere near next season's team.[/p][/quote]I think it's a bit harsh to say Rooney will be no where near next years team. He will be an impact sub/challenging for the first team at the least. We Saw lots of good stuff from Rooney last season, and he is still young, I see him as being an important part of our first team squad. Would expect him to play at least 20 to 30 games next season. akershaker

10:58pm Thu 5 Jul 12

madterrier says...

Interesting looking at the first half team, if that is an early indication of what Paolo thinks his best starting eleven might be. Look at the midfield/forwards - only Ritchie from last year's team.
Interesting looking at the first half team, if that is an early indication of what Paolo thinks his best starting eleven might be. Look at the midfield/forwards - only Ritchie from last year's team. madterrier

11:29pm Thu 5 Jul 12

the wizard says...

madterrier wrote:
Interesting looking at the first half team, if that is an early indication of what Paolo thinks his best starting eleven might be. Look at the midfield/forwards - only Ritchie from last year's team.
Terrier,
Yes I noticed that and Ferry, who I thought may be "the one to go", was in the second string.

I then looked at again, and looked beyond tonight. I think Paolo was looking at combinations as opposed to 1st and 2nd eleven.

There is a long way to go yet, and as we all know Paolo loves to tinker, and there will be a fair bit of that before the season is over.
[quote][p][bold]madterrier[/bold] wrote: Interesting looking at the first half team, if that is an early indication of what Paolo thinks his best starting eleven might be. Look at the midfield/forwards - only Ritchie from last year's team.[/p][/quote]Terrier, Yes I noticed that and Ferry, who I thought may be "the one to go", was in the second string. I then looked at again, and looked beyond tonight. I think Paolo was looking at combinations as opposed to 1st and 2nd eleven. There is a long way to go yet, and as we all know Paolo loves to tinker, and there will be a fair bit of that before the season is over. the wizard

12:57am Fri 6 Jul 12

Oxon-Red says...

the wizard wrote:
madterrier wrote: Interesting looking at the first half team, if that is an early indication of what Paolo thinks his best starting eleven might be. Look at the midfield/forwards - only Ritchie from last year's team.
Terrier, Yes I noticed that and Ferry, who I thought may be "the one to go", was in the second string. I then looked at again, and looked beyond tonight. I think Paolo was looking at combinations as opposed to 1st and 2nd eleven. There is a long way to go yet, and as we all know Paolo loves to tinker, and there will be a fair bit of that before the season is over.
It is up to Simon to step up to the plate this year, as it will be with a number of players, and the competition is there for that to happen. We saw he can handle it in the play-off season and I still remember his perfect lay-off for the second goal at home to Charlton with fondness.

Please don't write Rooney off before the season has started, a young lad with a lot of potential. Another goal to savour from last season was the one he set-up with a cross from the byline with the outside of his left foot from the left wing. Too many beers to remember who scored or who it was against but it was class.

Too early to predict Paolo's prefered starting eleven as these games are little more than training exercises, a truer indication may come in the game against Palace.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madterrier[/bold] wrote: Interesting looking at the first half team, if that is an early indication of what Paolo thinks his best starting eleven might be. Look at the midfield/forwards - only Ritchie from last year's team.[/p][/quote]Terrier, Yes I noticed that and Ferry, who I thought may be "the one to go", was in the second string. I then looked at again, and looked beyond tonight. I think Paolo was looking at combinations as opposed to 1st and 2nd eleven. There is a long way to go yet, and as we all know Paolo loves to tinker, and there will be a fair bit of that before the season is over.[/p][/quote]It is up to Simon to step up to the plate this year, as it will be with a number of players, and the competition is there for that to happen. We saw he can handle it in the play-off season and I still remember his perfect lay-off for the second goal at home to Charlton with fondness. Please don't write Rooney off before the season has started, a young lad with a lot of potential. Another goal to savour from last season was the one he set-up with a cross from the byline with the outside of his left foot from the left wing. Too many beers to remember who scored or who it was against but it was class. Too early to predict Paolo's prefered starting eleven as these games are little more than training exercises, a truer indication may come in the game against Palace. COYMR Oxon-Red

11:16am Fri 6 Jul 12

swwindon61uk says...

It was a very enjoyable game.
It was against poor opposition but we did look smooth and slick especially Collins and Williams.
Rooney did look like he really wanted it and played really well.
The fact we put two different outfield teams out in each half and nearly all are 1st team quality i think bodes well for us.
Not often i go to a game by Ferry!!
Garda is such a great place but looking forward to seeing us against Bayern Munich x1 which i think will be a harder test.
Just trying to figure out the best way to get to Molveno!!
It was a very enjoyable game. It was against poor opposition but we did look smooth and slick especially Collins and Williams. Rooney did look like he really wanted it and played really well. The fact we put two different outfield teams out in each half and nearly all are 1st team quality i think bodes well for us. Not often i go to a game by Ferry!! Garda is such a great place but looking forward to seeing us against Bayern Munich x1 which i think will be a harder test. Just trying to figure out the best way to get to Molveno!! swwindon61uk

11:19am Fri 6 Jul 12

swwindon61uk says...

Oh and their goal was never a penalty!!!!!
Oh and their goal was never a penalty!!!!! swwindon61uk

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