SWIFTS SQUEEZE PAST RANGERS
Dungannon Swifts defeated Carrick Rangers by the odd goal in five in a thrilling encounter at Stangmore Park.
A frantic start to proceedings, played in a stiff breeze, saw the sides trade chances through Kyle Cherry and Darragh McBrien.
Rhyss Campbell was next to have an effort of goal, while new signing Matthew Carson responded for the visitors.
The deadlock was broken on 36 minutes. James Knowles sent a ball over from the right for Campbell to run on to and lift over keeper Matthew Skeet into the empty net.
Carrick levelled just a couple of minutes later after a long throw from Ben Tilney wasn't dealt with by the home defence allowing Cherry to direct the ball past Declan Dunne.
Carrick started brightly after the break, coming close through Tilney and Lloyd Anderson.
But Dungannon regained the advantage with 19 minutes remaining with Campbell's second of the game after being played through by substitute Ben Gallagher to beat Skeet one-on-one into the bottom corner.
Back came Carrick with around a quarter-of-an-hour to go with their second equaliser, this time courtesy of Jordan Gibson after the ball fell invitingly for him to drill into the net.
However, the winner came with eight minutes left. McBrien collected a loose Carson pass to combine in a one-two with Ryan Mayse before calmly hammering the finish past Skeet.
Dungannon Swifts: Dunne, Glynn, Knowles, McCready, Smyth, Campbell, Breen, C. McGinty, McBrien, Devlin, McGee subs Nelson (not used), Mayse (replaced Devlin 77), Gallagher (replaced McCready 70), S. McGinty (not used), Glenny (replaced Breen 60), Convie (not used), Walsh (not used)
Carrick Rangers: Skeet, Surgenor, Ervin, Cushley, Cherry, Glendinning, Gibson, Carson, Scully, Tilney, Anderson subs Nicholl (not used), Gordon (not used), Gawne (replaced Cushley 80), E. Kelly (replaced E. Kelly 86), Kalla (not used), Chambers (not used), Hunter (not used)