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Hegarty snatches winner for Swifts.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Hegarty snatches winner for Swifts. thumbnailPeter McMahon tries for goal.

DUNGANNON Swifts have clawed their way into the top half of the table after clinching a hard earned three points at home to newly promoted Warrenpoint Town.

Dungannon Swifts...2
Warrenpoint Town...1

It was dull opening half hour with both sides creating few chances but the Swifts took the lead in the 37th minute as Liam McMenamin's early cross found Ryan Mayse unmarked in the box.

The attacker connected perfectly with the ball and his thunderous header was sent down into the ground where Ryan Harpur was waiting, tapping in from just two yards out.

However, Warrenpoint did grab an equaliser before half-time as Sean Mackle made good progress down the right wing delivering a quality low driven cross to find Lorcan Forde who got his right foot to the ball to send it into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

In the second half the visitors thought they had taken the lead as Darrne Murray controlled the ball on the edge of the area before foring a powerful effort past Stuart Addis, however, he was adjudged offside and his effort was chalked out.

In the 75th minute the Swifts had a corner, Tommy Lockhart's poor ball failed to clear the first man but he was given a second chance as it was headed straight back to him.

His second effort didn't have much height but the ball found its way into the middle of the box where Chris Hegarty grabbed his second goal in as many games as he reacted quickest to half volley the ball into the back of the net.

Speaking after the game Swifts boss Rodney McAree was delighted with his sides performanace.

"I thought we were very good, apart from or finishing I thought we played some very good attacking football, creating lots of chances and on another day we could have scored more goals, " he said.

"That was probably the dissapointing thing about today as we made getting the three points more difficult than it should have been becasue we didn't take more of our chances.

"It was good to get back to winning ways and pick up three points after last week's defeat to Cliftonville becasue our next two games are extremley difficult.

"The fixture today was a more winnable one than the two to come over the next fortnight (away to Crusaders and Glenavon).

Dungannon Swifts: Addis, McMenamin, Hegarty, Armstrong, O'Rourke, Wilson (Hutchinson, 76), Burke, Harpur, Mayse, McMahon (Lockhart, 60, Lowe, 86), McElroy


Subs not used: Teggart, Hughes.

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