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Dungannon 0-3 Coleraine: Goal hero McGonigle staying grounded

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 07/09/2015

Hot Rod: Rodney Brown keeps the ball from Dermot McCaffrey
Hot Rod: Rodney Brown keeps the ball from Dermot McCaffrey

Jamie McGonigle reckons he is still adapting to the demands of top flight football despite scoring three times in eight days.

The 19-year-old striker hit a double as Coleraine posted an emphatic win at Stangmore Park.

It followed his injury-time winner against Ballinamallard the previous Friday night.

Already McGonigle is showing signs that he can transfer the lethal form he showed at reserve level to the senior team, but the modest teenager isn't getting carried away by his promising start to the campaign.

"I'm delighted to score two goals but it's more about the team for me," he said.

"As long as the team wins I don't mind. I just try to chip in with my goals."

McGonigle scored 41 times at reserve level last season and was handed a run-out in the first team towards the end of the campaign.

He netted his first senior goal in April, and scored the first of this term in the 2-1 win against Ballinamallard. And he was the star man in a fine team performance at Stangmore Park.

After Rodney Brown had given Coleraine the lead with a deflected strike, McGonigle took centre stage.

His first came when a defensive lapse allowed him to run on to Brad Lyons' through ball, and he slotted past the goalkeeper.

Then late on he burst into the box before scoring with a low left-foot drive.

McGonigle added: "They were both through the goalkeeper's legs. I got in for the first one and tried to touch it past him.

"Then for the second one I looked up and there was nobody in the box so I just headed towards the target and hit it through his legs again."

Despite his good form, McGonigle says he is still finding his feet at this level.

"It is definitely harder at this level," he added. "At reserve level you have a lot more time to get in behind, whereas here as soon as you touch the ball you have a man kicking at you."

This was the third time this season that Dungannon have lost by three or more goals.

Manager Darren Murphy said: "We offered nothing. We were lifeless."

DUNGANNON SWIFTS: Coleman, Montgomery, McCaffrey, Burns, O'Rourke, McCullough (Fitzpatrick 86 mins), Harpur, Glackin (Teggart 60 mins), Burke (Liggett 60 mins), McElroy, Mitchell.

Subs not used: Hazley, Addis.

COLERAINE: Doherty, Beverland, Mullan, Douglas, Ogilby, Harkin, Brown, Canning, McLaughlin, Lyons (Parkhill 46 mins), McGonigle.

Subs not used: McCauley, Watt, Law, Falconer.

Man of the match: Jamie McGonigle

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Andrew Davey (Bangor)

Belfast Telegraph

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