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Darren gives Swifts taste of what they're missing

Dungannon Swifts 2 - Ballymena United 4

By Adrian Rutherford

Darren Henderson revealed he could have been playing for Dungannon Swifts on Saturday instead of firing Ballymena United to this impressive win.

The striker had a successful six-month loan spell at Stangmore Park two seasons ago and was close to rejoining the Tyrone club in the January transfer window, only for the deal to fall through at the last minute.

Instead he stayed at Ballymena and, under David Jeffrey, has rediscovered his scoring touch.

Henderson's finishing was a key factor as the Sky Blues moved up to seventh.

"I'd wanted to go in January because I wanted to play football and I'd more or less agreed to come here," Henderson said. "It fell through for other reasons and I never got to come.

"It was just to play football - it wasn't that I wanted to leave Ballymena because I really enjoy the club, but I needed to play more games. The move fell through at the last minute, and I just decided to knuckle down and try and get in the team."

Henderson scored 12 times in his half season with Dungannon, and showed his quality with two well-taken goals on Saturday.

He broke the deadlock with a close-range header.

Kyle McVey made it 2-0, before Jamie Glackin reduced the deficit. But Henderson re-established the Sky Blues' two-goal advantage when he broke the offside trap to convert Willie Faulkner's pass.

Frazer made it 4-1 with 35 minutes played.

Ballymena comfortably held on, with Andrew Mitchell's stoppage time goal for Dungannon mattering little.

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