30 May 2023
© Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press Craig Taylor celebrates scoring Annagh's winner

Annagh United hold the upper hand going into the second leg of the Premiership promotion/relegation play-off following a narrow defeat of Dungannon Swifts at the BMG Arena.

The game got off to a blistering start when, after just three minutes, Mayowa Animasahun fired the Swifts in front with a close range header after Oran O'Kane's free-kick was nodded back into the area by Dean Curry.

But Annagh levelled within sixty seconds, however, after Michael Ruddy turned the ball into his own whilst attempting to defend Craig Taylor's cross.

Boosted by this, the Championship side looked to make the most of home advantage with Jordan Campbell sending an effort just off target while, towards the break, Swifts keeper Declan Dunne made a timely intervention to thwart Stephen Murray as he met another Taylor delivery.

After the break Gerard Storey's through ball almost sent Murray clear but, again, Dunne was quick to deal with the danger.

Further efforts followed through Niall McGinley and Peter Duffin before, with around 20 minutes remaining, Taylor bagged Annagh's winner with a right-footed snapshot into the top corner.

It's all to play for on Thursday evening when the sides meet again at Stangmore Park, kick-off 7:45pm.

Annagh United: Little, Kerr, Campbell, Finnegan, Harpur, Duffin, Storey, Murray, Taylor, McGuinness, McGinley subs Burns, Martins, Traczykowski, Egas, Moffatt, Topley

Dungannon Swifts: Dunne, O'Connor, Curry, McGinty, Walsh, O'Kane, Cushnie, Ruddy, McGee, Animasahun, Scott subs Nelson, Mayse, Francis, Smith, Moore, Lynch, Donnelly