SION Swifts were given a reality check when they suffered a crushing defeat to Linfield at Darragh Park on Wednesday evening.
Just nine days after knocking the Blues out of the IFA Challenge Cup, the Windsor Park ladies gained revenge by putting a somewhat off colour Sion to the sword.
A Kelly Crompton own goal and strike by Kirsty McGuinness gave the Blues a 2-0 interval lead and the visitors never looked back as Alyson Smyth (2) and Lauren Robson completed a handsome victory.
That defeat brought Swifts back down to earth with a bang following an impressive 4-0 away win against Ballymena All Stars.
Coach Tommy Canning admitted his team had been given a lesson.
“We were completely flat on the night and we paid the price,” he said.
“We had no competitive edge and the contrast to the performance in the cup was day and night.
“In the cup Linfield didn’t have a shot on target but on Wednesday night they scored five and could have had more. There was just no energy about us.”
Swifts will have to lick their wounds and get on with it. Next up is a difficult away game at in-form Glentoran on Wednesday before Tony McGinley’s side travel to Linfield for a first round League Cup clash.