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Dungannon avoid upset at hands of giant-killers Newington

Dungannon Swifts 3-0 Newington YC

There was little sign of the mammoth effort which dumped mighty Glentoran out of the Irish Cup as Newington fell to a 3-0 defeat at Dungannon Swifts.

Marc Brolly, a recent recruit from Finn Harps, played a big part in the Swifts win; setting Sean Friars up for the first goal and then hitting the third himself after Ryan O’Neill’s header had eased home nerves.

“The scoreline probably doesn’t reflect on the game overall,” said Brolly.

“We knew all about Newington and their success in the last round and they performed as expected.

“We knew it would be a battle and that is how it turned out. We had just a little bit more quality than Newington and when they went down to 10 men, that was the little bit of help we needed to see them off.”

And it was the dismissal of full-back Cormac Brannigan for an attempted headbutt on Michael Funston that frustrated Newington boss Eamonn McCarthy.

“I asked Cormac what happened and he said that two guys motioned their heads towards each other but, of course, it’s always our one that gets sent-off. I haven’t seen it yet, so I’m only saying what I’ve heard,” he said.

“We knew we would handle ourselves okay, we knew we would play a bit of football, but I was disappointed with the goals that we conceded. We aren’t used to playing at this intensity and level.

“At the end of the day you can’t defend making silly mistakes and conceding soft goals.”

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