Johnny Lafferty grabbed Dungannon's late winner (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)
Saturday, 09 March 2019
Two late goals saw Dungannon Swifts snatch victory over Newry City at Stangmore Park.
The Swifts might have moved in front after a quarter-of-an-hour when some good play between Jarlath O'Rourke and Mark Patton almost ended with Newry's Darren King turning the ball into his own net while, a couple of minutes after that, Chris Hegarty tested keeper Andy Coleman with a right-footed effort.
However, Newry came close to leading at the break with a couple of chances as the first half progressed with Declan Carville perhaps having the best opportunity with a curling effort just over after cutting through the home defence.
But Carville went one better eight minutes into the second half with a header from inside the area past Coleman after Karl Moody had delivered the crucial cross over from the left.
Dungannon thought they had equalised midway through the second half but Daniel Hughes' finish from Patton's pass was ruled out offside.
Further chances followed through Johnny Lafferty and Hughes again before, four minutes from time, Paul McElroy popped up at the back post to divert another Hughes effort past Coleman for the leveller.
Then, just three minutes after that, Lafferty grabbed the winner with a powerful header home after connecting with O'Rourke's well delivered corner.
Dungannon Swifts: Moran, Hegarty, Wilson, Armstrong, Clucas, Hughes, McElroy, Teggart, O'Rourke, Patton, Lowe subs Moore (not used), Dykes (not used), McGinty (not used), Lafferty (replaced Patton 78), Gallagher (not used), Campbell (replaced Wilson 66), Ferrin (not used)
Newry City: Coleman, King, Boyle, McCann, Carville, McCabe, S. Hughes, M. Hughes, Moody, Montgomery, Teggart subs Maguire (not used), Mooney (not used), Walker (not used), Rushe (not used), Durnin (not used), Pender (replaced Moody 84), Cavalcante (not used)
Referee: Jamie Robinson