Mark Patton scored twice for the Swifts (©INPHO/Freddie Parkinson)
Friday, 15 February 2019
Dungannon Swifts staged a remarkable comeback to recover from twice trailing to Warrenpoint Town by two goals to claim victory at Stangmore Park.
'Point moved in front after just seven minutes when Danny Wallace collected the ball deep in his own half and was allowed to run unchallenge the length of the pitch before sending a low drive past Alex Moore into the far corner.
And they doubled their advantage just before the half-hour mark through Mark Griffin who, again, made the most of some slack home defending to knock a second goal beyond Moore.
Dungannon pulled a goal back on 37 minutes. Rhyss Campbell did the hard work in delivering the ball for Mark Patton to fire into the roof of the net from close range.
Philip Donnelly might have restored Warrenpoint's two-goal cushion early in the second half but his near post shot was turned away for a corner by Moore with his legs.
However, Deane Watters did make it 3-1 soon after when Donnelly turned provider to drag the ball across for his team mate to blast a finish high into the goal from a couple of yards out.
But back came the Swifts again a couple of minutes after that when unlucky 'Point defender Hernany Marques turned a Patton cross into his own whilst attempting a clearance.
Kris Lindsay's side then levelled for the first time on 71 minutes through Daniel Hughes who got on the end of a ball over the top to lob the equaliser above onrushing keeper Jared Thompson.
Remarkably, Dungannon then moved in front eight minutes after that with Patton's second of the evening when he got a cross before Thompson to nod the ball in.
Dungannon Swifts: Moore, Dykes, Armstrong, Clucas, Hughes, McElroy, Teggart, O'Rourke, Patton, Campbell, Smyth subs Moran (not used), Lowe (replaced Smyth 46), McGinty (not used), Hutchinson (replaced Clucas 46), Marito Marcal (not used), Gallagher (not used), Ferrin (replaced Armstrong 49)
Warrenpoint Town: Thompson, Foster, Hernany Marques, Reilly, Kelly, Griffin, M. Lynch, Watters, Scannell, Wallace, Donnelly subs Turker (not used), Hughes (not used), O'Sullivan (replaced Kelly 63), J. Lynch (not used), Duffy (replaced Griffin 69), Young (not used)
Referee: Shane Andrews
|Hernany Macedo Marques||59||54(OG)|
|Anto Reilly||90 +3|