Mitchell gifts Swifts points

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Mitchell gifts Swifts points thumbnailBurns rises high to head the ball at a Dungannon corner.

A DRAMATIC late winner from Andrew Mitchell secured the boxing day derby points for Dungannon Swifts.

Dungannon Swifts...3
Ballinamallard United...2

His close range finish came in the 88th minute and settled a dramatic clash at Stangmore Park.

Dungannon thought they had opened the scoring early on but Stefan Lavery's finish was ruled out for offside.

After 27 minutes Ballinamallard opened the scoring as Jason McCartney latched on to Cameron Crawford's long ball, delicately lobbing it over the onrushing Addis.

The Swifts tried to find the equaliser but the away side held firm and took their lead into the break.

Dungannon finally found a way back into the match in the second half with just over 20 minutes left to play as Jamie Glackin was fouled in the box.

Mitchell stepped up and despite slipping as he made contact with ball found the back of the net.

The goal stood despite suggestions that Mitchell had touched it twice as he fell.

In the 75th minute, the Swifts took the lead as Mitchell's pinpoint cross found McElroy who's bullet header was too powerful for 'keeper to keep hold of.

'Mallard heads didn't drop and just 10 minutes later a Ryan Mayse freekick was hit home by James McKenna.

However, there was late drama as a Swifts corner in the 88th minute fell to Mitchell who did not dissapoint and duly converted to seal the win for Dungannon.

The frustration of the Ballinamallard side was obvious and it wasn't long before Liam McMenamin was booked and then shown a straight red for stamping on Andrew Burns.

The 10-men almost stole a point in the final minute when Ryan Mayse's speculative effort sailed just inches wide.

After the game, Swifts boss Rodney McAree was pleased with his side's resilience.

"I thought over the course of the 90 minutes we were the better side, we started brighter and the first 25 minutes we were very good, we just didn't create anything," he said.

"In the second half we chose the better options and took our chances.

"We turned it around but then gave away a cheap free-kick to invite Ballinamallard back into it late in the second half.

"But we showed terrrific spirit and effort to go on and win the game and I am very very pleased."

Dungannon Swifts - Addis, Wilson, Armstrong, Glackin, Mitchell, Harpur, Teggart (Lowe), O'Rourke, Burns, Lavery (McElroy), McMahon (Burke). Subs not used - Morgan, Fitzpatrick.


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