Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Dungannon Swifts in safe hands with O’Neill: Robinson

Getting a quality goalkeeper to replace Alvin Rouse was a tough task, but in Sean O’Neill Dungannon Swifts have found just the man.

Signed from Ballymena United in the summer, O’Neill has quickly established himself as a worthy successor, producing a series of top-class performances in recent months.

The coming week will provide the ultimate test, however, as Dungannon face the might of Belfast’s Big Two in the space of four days.

Tomorrow they will be aiming to stall Linfield’s title charge, then on Tuesday night Swifts face Glentoran in a game rearranged from last month.

But O’Neill’s confidence will be boosted by clean sheets in his last two games. His performances have not gone unnoticed at Dungannon either, with the 22-year-old a favourite of the fans.

“Sean has been our most consistent performer,” Robinson said.

“He has won the supporters’ player of the month these last two months, and on recent form he may well win it again this month too. I see Sean in training and I know how good he is.

“He has won us points single-handedly this season — including last weekend when he saved Leon Knight’s late penalty.”

Two hours after playing for Dungannon last Saturday, O’Neill was back in goal — this time for the Antrim GAA team in their Dr McKenna Cup defeat to Derry.

However, Robinson has no issue with the goalkeeper’s GAA commitments.

“As long as he keeps doing the business for us I’ll have no complaints,” he added.

“Sean is training here two nights a week and playing every Saturday afternoon. So whatever he does in his spare time is up to himself.”

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