Seven up but Crusaders' Rainey isn’t happy
David Rainey is out on his own as the leading goalscorer in the JJB Sports Premiership with seven goals but he was a disappointed man on Saturday night.
The former Glentoran hitman drilled home a trademark powerful strike in the opening half to make Dungannon Swifts sweat but a spirited second half fightback from the Tyrone side provided new boss John Cunningham with plenty of encouragement.
Rival boss Stephen Baxter was left fuming at his side’s failure to kill off their opponents but with strikers of the calibre of Rainey and Mark Dickson leading from the front, he knows that one team is due a real hammering at Seaview.
“David (Rainey) is a disappointed young man in there because he didn’t score five,” said Baxter.
“The chances he missed were incredible and he’s disappointed about that. His strike in the first half was pure quality but both he and Mark (Dickson) are super players. We are second in the league after ten games and if you had offered me that at the start of the season I would have snapped your arm off.”
Cunningham’s first half-time team-talk did the trick. Michael Hegarty headed in the equaliser and Mark McAllister’s cool finish hinted at a shock.
But after Terry Fitzpatrick’s dismissal, Martin Donnelly’s late wonder free-kick ensured the final score was not a complete travesty of justice.
“When we went 1-0 down I wanted to see how our players would react and the way they responded to that gives us something to build on,” he said.