FUTSAL: Late strike from Lowrie wins it for Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's squad for the recent Futsal Festival event at Kembrey Park Swindon's squad for the recent Futsal Festival event at Kembrey Park

SWINDON’S Sam Lowrie scored with 10 seconds remaining to see off Reading in an exhibition match at the Football League Trust Futsal Festival in the town.

Joe Bridgman gave Swindon the lead against Reading before Nathan Smith levelled with just two minutes remaining.

But Swindon continued to push forward and got their reward when Lowrie grabbed the winner at the death.

The exhibition match was part of the Football League Trust Futsal Festival, which was recently held at Swindon’s Futsal Indoor Arena at Kembrey Park.

Teams from Swindon Town, Reading, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City, Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Southampton and Southend United took part in the festival which was largely non-competitive.

Kevin Coles, regional development manager of the Education Futsal programme said: “The Football League Trust Futsal Festival went very well with all 10 professional football clubs community teams in attendance.”

The Football League Trust Futsal Education Education programme helps players aged 16-18 years earn a BTEC national diploma in sport, which provides a pathway to further university education or a career in the coaching, sports or leisure industry.

Players learn and train under the educational expertise of tutors using a pioneering on-line learning platform.

In addition the students will represent the professional football club’s community arm in the national league.

The players will compete against the community schemes of the other professional clubs including Swindon Town, Reading, newly promoted Cardiff City, Manchester City, Leeds United and others.

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