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BetMcLean League Cup final: Ryan Mayse inspires Dungannon Swifts to first ever major title with win over Ballymena United

By Gareth Hanna

Dungannon Swifts have won their first ever national top level title, beating Ballymena United 3-1 in the BetMcLean League Cup final.

It was a victory inspired by winger Ryan Mayse, who ended the game with two goals and an assist, that for the pick of the game - a real pearler from Cormac Burke.

The Swifts were cruising to success after Burke's 55th minute effort and managed to see out the win despite captain Ryan Harpur being shown a straight red card with nine minutes left.

The Swifts were beaten in their only previous major final, the 2007 Irish Cup final against Linfield.

Dungannon led 2-1 at the break thanks to that man Mayse. He blasted home the opening goal in fine fashion, getting on the end of a Harpur knockdown. The captain deserves full credit for having the presence of mind to find his winger and Seanan Clucas deserves as much gratitude for Mayse's second. He delivered a pinpoint cross that Mayse converted at the second attempt.

That was after Kyle Owens had headed Ballymena level from close range, getting on the end of an in-swinging corner. United had enjoyed much of the first half possession but couldn't make it show on the score-sheet.

After the break, Dungannon seemed buoyed, getting on the front foot and earning their rewards when Cormac Burke curled home a spectacular effort from outside the box for 3-1.

They were made to work for the win after skipper Harpur was dismissed on 81 for an off-the-ball incident involving United defender Kofi Balmer.

Here's the match as it happened:

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