Daniel Hughes scored Dungannon's first goal (©INPHO/Jonathan Porter)
Tuesday, 01 January 2019
Dungannon Swifts recorded their first away win of the campaign with victory over Glentoran at The Oval.
The first half was a quiet affair until it exploded into life with two goals - and a further one disallowed - just before the break.
Glentoran thought they had gone in front when Curtis Allen found the net but this was ruled out offside.
Moments later Steven Gordon did open the scoring for the hosts with a close range finish from John Herron's left-sided delivery.
However, Daniel Hughes levelled for the Swifts on 44 minutes from an acute angle after picking up the loose ball from Jarlath O'Rourke's saved header.
Then, on 52 minutes, Dungannon seized the advantage when Ally Teggart's cross from was headed into his own net by William Garrett last under pressure from Seanan Clucas.
Kris Lindsay's side extended their lead five minutes after that when Mark Patton fired into the roof of the net after a mistake in the home defence was pounced upon.
And it got worse for the beleaugured Glens on 76 minutes as Paul McElroy added a fourth with a stylish finish after Patton's initial shot had been blocked.
Herron did pull one back for Glentoran three minutes later from a Ross Redman corner but it was too late to spark any sort of revival.
Glentoran: Morris, Garrett, Birney, Herron, Allen, Davidson, Kerr, Pepper, Crowe, Gordon, Redman subs Nelson (not used), Gallagher (replaced Davidson 77), McMahon (not used), Henderson (not used), Ferrin (not used), McCarthy (not used), O'Neill (replaced Garrett 60)
Dungannon Swifts: Addis, Hegarty, Wilson, Armstrong, Clucas, Hughes, McElroy, Teggart, O’Rourke, Patton, Lowe subs Dykes (not used), McGinty (not used), Burke (not used), Hutchinson (replaced Patton 78), Lafferty (replaced Hughes 84), Campbell (not used), Smyth (replaced Wilson 80)
Referee: Andrew Davey