Mid-Ulster Cup: New manager Rodney McAree vows to lift Dungannon Swifts after Dollingstown win
Rodney McAree has pledged to kick-start Dungannon Swifts' stuttering season after being confirmed as the club's new manager.
Dungannon moved quickly to fill the vacancy created by Darren Murphy's resignation by appointing 41-year-old McAree.
He backed up his words last night by guiding the Swifts to a 3-0 win over Dollingstown in last night's Mid-Ulster Cup quarter-final, but things are going to get a lot tougher, with McAree's first league game coming against Linfield at Stangmore Park on Saturday.
Dungannon are second bottom of the table, having taken just eight points from 13 games, but McAree believes the players are more than capable of pulling clear of trouble.
"If I felt I couldn't do the job I wouldn't have taken it on," he said. "I know the players, I've had experience of working with them and I believe they are capable of more than they have shown so far this season."
Two goals from Andrew Mitchell and one from Alan Teggart gave the Swifts victory last night.
A youthful Portadown side, meanwhile, lost 3-1 at Loughgall. Aaron Walsh opened the scoring, followed by a brace from Daniel Ryan, either side of a Marcio Soares consolation for the Ports.
Declan O'Brien scored a hat-trick in Glenavon's comfortable 7-2 win over Mid-Ulster League side Tandragee Rovers.
He netted the first from the penalty spot, but then missed from 12 yards shortly afterwards.
Daniel Kearns claimed his first Glenavon goal before Tandragee pulled one back through AJ Gallagher.
Andy McGrory made it 3-1 and O'Brien added his second from open play before scoring a second penalty after Joel Cooper had been fouled.
Glenavon substitute Conal Delaney scored twice late on either side of Gallagher scoring Tanndragee's second.
Jordan Bell scored the only goal as Armagh City beat Warrenpoint Town.