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Mayse is a big threat and he'll only get better: McAree

Dungannon Swifts 2 Ballinamallard Utd 0

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon boss Rodney McAree believes summer signing Ryan Mayse will only get better this season. The winger, who swapped Ballinamallard for the Swifts, scored against his former club on Saturday. His eye-catching strike added a touch of style to what was a forgettable match.

Mayse now has two goals for his new club, and head coach McAree believes there is plenty more to come. "The way he took his goal was fantastic - Ryan is technically good and he's capable of doing things like that," he said.

"He certainly brings a threat and he'll produce a lot for us, because he is very attack-minded."

Mayse scored the winning second goal after a well-worked Dungannon move. A series of quick passes created the opening. Taking possession, the 23-year-old moved forward before curling home a sublime effort from outside the box.

Afterwards, Mayse revealed he hopes to hit 15 goals this season.

McAree added: "He obviously sets his own target and I think that's achievable. There is a spark whenever he's on form.

"He wants to do things, he wants to ask questions of the opposition's back four. That is good, and it's good for the fans too because they appreciate watching him. He's entertaining."

Ryan Harpur had put Dungannon in front just before the break.

A shot from Peter McMahon looped up off a defender and, typical of the Mallards' current bad luck, it didn't break kindly. Harpur simply chested the ball down before firing home.

Ballinamallard have now lost four of their first five games. Boss Gavin Dykes felt they were unlucky. "It was very disappointing to concede just before half-time," he said. "We were well in the game but it was a poor goal - we didn't clear our lines and ended up a goal down. In the second half we were the better side until they scored."

Dgn Swifts: Addis, McMenamin, Hegarty, Armstrong, O'Rourke, Wilson, Fitzpatrick (Lowe, 65), Harpur, Mayse (Hutchinson, 78), McMahon (Burke, 71), McElroy. Subs not used: Teggart, Hughes

Ballinamallard: Brush, Canning, McConnell, McGlaughlin, Smyth, Clarke, McGinty, Curran, Hutchinson (Burns, 9), McCartney (Leddy, 74), Martyn (McElwaine, 66). Subs not used: Crawford, McCann

Referee: Shane Andrews (Comber)

Man of the match: Ryan Mayse

Match rating: 4/10

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