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Limp Swifts ‘disMaysed’ by Glens defeat

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Limp Swifts ‘disMaysed’ by Glens defeat thumbnailDungannon’s Swifts Ryan Mayse holds his head in his hands after missing a chance on Saturday evening.



TWO first half goals were enough to secure a comfortable victory for Glentoran at Stangmore Park on Saturday evening.

The Glens started the late kick-off much the brighter with Curtis Allen scoring the opener inside the first three minutes.

Intelligent movement allowed him to meet a cross unmarked from right-back Nathan Kerr his powerful header found the back of the net for his seventh goal of the season.

Allen was once again involved in the visitors' second, drawing a foul on the left of the 18-yard box in the 13th minute.

The free-kick was whipped into the box by Ross Redman, the ball was flicked on by Dan Kelly and fell at the feet of Calum Birney, who drove the ball home from six yards.

Dungannon will point to a penalty decision that went against them minutes earlier as a turning point in the match.

Dougie Wilson certainly appeared to be tripped as he lined up to shoot but in truth it was a poor performance all round.

The home side had chances and plenty of possession but all too often chose the wrong option or misplaced the ball.

The Swifts are undoubtedly missing the experience of David Armstrong at the back and will hope he is fit to return to action soon.

Allen could have grabbed the visitors' third in the first half but for a smart save from Stuart Addis.

Swifts had chances, even in the first half, as Ryan Mayse met a cross from Jarlath O'Rourke but his header failed to challenge Morris in the Glens net as it went over the bar.

It looked like Dungannon might claw one back when from a corner Mayse found Hegarty. However, his downward header was cleared off the line by Kerr.

Mayse also went close, this time from a corner but his volleyed effort was well saved by Morris.

The second half saw the Glens happy to sit back and let the hosts try to break them down.

The tactic almost proved fruitful as Allen stole possession and teed up for Robbie McDaid who would have scored but for some smart goalkeeping by Stuart Addis.

The Swifts best effort came in the second half through Cormac Burke. He took a touch to control it but saw his curling right-foot effort pushed away.

In the dying moments Allen again proved lively as he took the ball from Tiarnan McNicholl and rounded the goalkeeper only to see his low effort roll wide of the target.

Speaking after the game Swifts boss Rodeny McAree was frustrated with his side's efforts, but felt they were also let down by the officials.

“It was a poor start from our point of view," he said. "We conceaded a poor goal what frustrated me was after we conceded we had a good response and Dougie Wilson was tripped but we didn't get a penalty kick.

“In my opinion it was a penalty all day long. They then go up the pitch and score to make it 2-0. That was a mountain to climb for us.

“We worked extremely hard but I thought the game swung massively not to give a penalty kick.

“Probably up to their 18-yard box we did very well but once we got there we didn't do enough. We were weak attacking wise."

It won't be much easier for the Swifts this weekend as they welcome Cliftonville to Stangmore Park.

Kick off on Saturday, 28 October is at 3pm.

Dungannon Swifts - Stuart Addis, Kris Lowe, Liam McMenamin, Chris Hegarty, Jarlath O'Rourke, Dougie Wilson (Terry Fitzpatrick 82), Ryan Harpur, Ally Teggart (Tommy Lockhart 60) Ryan Mayse (Cormac Burke 60), Peter McMahon, Paul McElroy.

Unused subs - Andy Coleman, Grant Hutchinson

 

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