Dungannon Swifts could never have anticipated the ease with which they recorded a vital win over Donegal Celtic, but it might have been very different but for the goalkeeper who is quitting to concentrate on Gaelic football.
Niall Morgan, who plays outfield for his Edendork St Malachy’s club in the All-County League, has been enlisted for Tyrone’s campaign next year and Darren Murphy says he fully understands the decision to call time on his Swifts career.
“Niall Morgan will be leaving the club in January, off to play with Tyrone, and I wish him the best” revealed the Dungannon manager. “I am a sports person first and foremost and I know Niall has dreams and ambitions.
“He said to me at the meeting during the week that he is a young man from Tyrone and he wants to play for his county at the highest level. And I can appreciate that, because I was a young lad from Corcraine and I wanted to play for Linfield,” added Murphy.
Morgan explained: “To leave Swifts has been my most difficult decision but you only get one chance to play for your county and I know that, if I was to turn it down, I wouldn’t get another.
“I am still contracted here and, if I ever come back to soccer, it would only ever be to Swifts.
“I don’t do nets for my club so I suppose it has been my performances for Swifts that has brought me to the attention of Tyrone, where I want to make the team — not just the panel.”
Neal Gawley’s thumping drive broke the early deadlock and, 19 minutes from the end, Jonny Topley headed the second, before Josh Cahoon belted a penalty high up the middle after he was brought down by Mark Burns, who earned a red card.
“Our performance was as poor as I have seen,” reflected DC boss Pat McAllister. “We talked about how important this was — but you can’t give players the will to win.”
Dungannon have also|confirmed the departures of JP Gallagher and Sean Friars.