Swifts ‘four’ too strong in cup tie.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Swifts ‘four’ too strong in cup tie. thumbnailKris Lowe squeezes in the Swifts' second goal on Saturday afternoon.

DUNGANNON Swifts have progressed comfortably to the sixth round of the Irish Cup, disposing of lower tier challengers Limavady United 4-0.

Dungannon Swifts ...4
Limavady United ...0.

Two goals from captain Ryan Harpur and one apiece from Kris Lowe and Johnny Lafferty saw the Stangmore men through.

Debutant Mark Patton, signed from Glenavon, had a sparkling debut, providing two assists in the first half to set Rodney McAree's side on their way.

And Patton, who scored the winner for his old side in the 2014 Irish Cup final, will be reacquainted with his former teammates very soon as the Swifts have been drawn away to Lurgan side Glenavon in the next round.

The fleet-footed left winger got his Swifts career off to the perfect start, putting in an inch perfect cross for Ryan Harpur to head home the opener in the early stages of the game.

Dungannon continued to keep their foot on the throttle as first Dougie Wilson blasted just wide of the post and Johnny Lafferty blazing an attempt over the bar.

Patton had been instrumental in creating that opportunity for the former Ballinamallard United frontman and he was causing the Limavady defence all sorts of problems.

Ryan Harpur then passed up a fine opportunity to make it 2-0, but he struck wide of goal after fine play down the right hand side by Kris Lowe.

Shortly before half time the Swifts did double their advantage, and once more Patton played a key role.

He worked the ball down the left and fired a cross across the face of goal, with Kris Lowe managing to reach it at the far post and squeeze the ball home.

The Swifts had a comfortable half time advantage and they quickly set about putting themselves in an even more relaxing position early in the second period.

Johnny Lafferty was played through, timing his run to perfection and coolly striking home his side's third goal of the after noon.

Dungannon had the ball in the net for the fourth time soon afterwards, with Patton again the provider, but this time it was chalked off as the winger's delivery from a corner, which was headed home by Wilson, had gone out of play before coming back into play.

It was 4-0 before all was said and done and it was captain fantastic Harpur who was on target once more.

Paul McElroy's effort was repelled by Wells in the Limavady goal, but the midfielder was on hand to stroke home the rebound and round off a very satisfactory afternoon for the Stangmore men.

Next up for the Swifts is the somewhat more challenging visit of long-time Premiership leaders Coleraine, knocked off their perch for the first time on New Year's Day.

They will be keen to reassert their title credentials and the Swifts will have to be on their game for the visit of Oran Kearney's high-fliers. Kick off this Saturday, 13 January is at 3pm at Stangmore Park.

Dungannon Swifts - Andy Coleman, Kris Lowe (Caolin Coyle), Chris Hegarty, David Armstrong, Jarlath O'Rourke, Grant Hutchinson, Ryan Harpur, Dougie Wilson (Seanan Clucas), Mark Patton, Paul McElroy, Johnny Lafferty (Campbell).

Unused subs - Stuart Addis, Terry Fitzpatrick, Peter McMahon, Ally Teggart.


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