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