McAree backs strikeforce to make real impact

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

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DUNGANNON Swifts' boss Rodney McAree says he is confident his side have a strikeforce capable of making a real impact in the Danske Bank Premiership this season.
The Swifts initially struggled for goals in the last campaign after the departure of Andrew Mitchell, however the January signing of Daniel Hughes revatalised the forward line, with the striker notching eight times in 11 games.
Since then, McAree has bolstered his attack by bringing back former favourite Mark McAllister, and it also expected that Marcio Soares, the ex-Portadown forward, will sign after a trial with the club.
And the Swifts' head coach believes those additions will give his side much more of an attacking threat this term.
“We didn't score enough goals last season," said McAree. "We missed the goal threat of Andrew Mitchell badly.
“Last season for half the season we didn't have centre forward.
“Paul McElroy played up front and did a good job, but we brought in Daniel Hughes in January and he improved us.
“He very nearly finished as our top scorer after half a season."
In addition to the new faces in attack, McAree is expecting an improvement from his midfield.
“When you add the threat from the midfield - players like Ryan Harpur, Alan Teggart, Cormac Burke - we should do better.
“It's important to score more goals this season, as well as conceding fewer."
Dungannon have had no goalscoring issues in pre season, knocking in 23 goals in the five games played so far.
They kickstarted their preparations with an 8-0 thumping of Armagh City, before defeating Annagh United 11-2 on Tuesday last.
Forwards Hughes and McAllister both bagged a brace, with Mark Patton, Jarlath O'Rourke, Dougie Wilson, Rhyss Campbell, Harpur, McElroy - and a player on trial - were also on the scoresheet.
The Dungannon men did however fail to score twice in the five games, playing out a 0-0 draw against the PSNI the weekend before last, and falling to a 0-1 loss at home to Larne on Thursday night.
McAree's men got things back on track on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over neighbours Loughgall in the Ivan Marshall Memorial Trophy.
Christopher Hegarty broke the deadlock, before O'Rourke doubled the Swifts' advantage.
The home side pulled one back, but their joy was shortlived as Dungannon's Patton slotted home a penalty to reopen the two goal deficit.
Patton doubled his tally from close to range to put the icing on the cake for the Stangmore Park men and finish the game 4-1 winners.


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