Swifts held by Glens

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Swifts held by Glens thumbnailRyan Mayse battles for possesion.

DUNGANNON'S final match of 2017 ended in goalless frustration as they were held by Glentoran.

Dungannon Swifts...0

AT a freezing Stangmore Park the Swifts dominated chances but couldn't make them count.

In the last six games Rodney McAree's side have only scored one goal, in their winner against Ballinamallard.

The best of the game's chances fell to Ally Teggart and Paul McElroy but both were denied by Morris while near the death Peter McMahon hit the post.

Despite drawing another blank, McAree is sure to be pleased with another clean sheet.

Dungannon started on the front foot forcing a series of early corners and going close after 10 minutes.

A quick throw caught Glentoran sleeping but Ally Teggart's volley was aimed straight at Morris.

Glentoran went close themselves through Eric Foley and Curtis Allen but both efforts were just off target.

Just before the break Glentoran failed to deal with a cross but Hegarty headed over from close range.

In the second half it was the visitors who had the ball in the back of the net through Curtis Allen but his effort was ruled out after a tight offside call.

The Swifts kept pressing and the introduction of Johnny Lafferty and Peter McMahon saw them gain a foothold.

They had two golden chances to win the game in stoppage time. Firstly through McMahon's powerful 20-yard drive that clipped the outside of the post.

Then moments later Ryan Mayse delivered a teasing ball but Campbell failed to get the touch that would have seen the ball hit the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Dungannon Swifts' New Year's Day clash with Carrick Rangers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

Dungannon Swifts: Start Addis, Chris Hegarty, Davy Armstrong, Jarlath O'Rourke, Terry Fitzpatrick (Johnny Lafferty, 63), Grant Hutchison, Ryan Harpur, Ally Teggart (Shea Campbell, 83), Ryan Mayse, Paul McElroy (Peter McMahon, 71) Subs not used: Andy Coleman, Caolin Coyle.



Winner at Ferney Park

Ballinmallard United...0
Dungannon Swifts...1

THERE was Boxing Day joy for Dungannon Swifts as they grabbed late winner at Ferney Park.

With just 10 minutes left powerful centre Davy Armstrong rose highest to head home the game's deciding goal.

It was a much need victory for the Swifts - their first in five and few could argue they were not worth the three points.

They controlled the first half with Hegarty and Mayse missing chances teed up by Cormac Burke early on.

Ballinamallard's only real effort of the half came through Ciaran Martyn but his effort flew over the bar.

As the half drew to a close Dungannon had another great chance.

Ryan Mayse and Ally Teggart both picked out Johnny Lafferty in quick succession but in each occasion he failed to take advantage of his position.

Ballinamllard has the ball in the net in the second half but Lafferty's effort was ruled out for offside. The home side began to grow in the game but this only resulted in the Swifts moving through the gears.

The increase in tempo from the visitors resulted in them finding a way to score.

Peter McMahon headed a Ryan Harpur cross back across goal and Davy Armstrong was in the right place at the right time to score a text book header.

This goal forced the home side to attack and Dungannon Swifts nearly scored again but Mayse's late effort, under pressure from Matty Smyth, hit the side netting.

Dungannon Swifts: Andy Coleman, Ally Teggart (Jarlath O'Rourke 74), Davy Armstrong, Chris Hegarty, Seanen Clucas (Paul mcElroy, 44), Grant Hutchinson, Ryan Harpur, Kris Lowe, Cormac Burke (Peter McMahon, 75), Ryan Mayse, Johnny Lafferty, Subs not used: Terry Fitzpatrick, Shea Campbell.


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