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McAree salutes 'excellent' Coleraine on winning return at Dungannon Swifts

Dungannon Swifts 0 Coleraine 2

Net gains: James McLaughlin
Net gains: James McLaughlin
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon slumped to their first loss of 2019 as Rodney McAree made a winning return to Stangmore Park.

The ex-Swifts boss was in the away dugout for the first time since his September switch to Coleraine, and was celebrating after ending his old side's five-game unbeaten run.

Early goals from James McLaughlin and Stephen Lowry proved decisive.

McAree said: "I thought we were excellent. We actually started a bit sloppily - we weren't as good in the first five or 10 minutes as in the rest of the match.

"The goal came at a good time for us. It kickstarted us and we were excellent from then on."

The one disappointment was an injury which forced Josh Carson off after 34 minutes.

After 14 minutes James McGonigle produced a touch of skill to get away from his marker and dash into space down the right.

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His cross evaded two defenders and ran through to McLaughlin, who slid in to hook home.

The Bannsiders doubled their lead in the 22nd minute. A corner from Ben Doherty was headed down by McLaughlin to Lowry, who turned and fired home.

Dungannon's best chance fell to Mark Patton in the 24th minute. Paul McElroy received the ball from a throw and crossed, but Patton aimed his header straight at keeper Chris Johns.

The game never really got going in the second half.

Sub Cormac Burke almost added a late third for the Bannsiders but his rocket of a shot came back off the crossbar.

DGN SWIFTS: Moore, Ferrin, Armstrong, Hegarty, O'Rourke, Teggart (Clucas 46), Hutchinson (Lafferty 82), Smyth, Patton (Campbell 63), McElroy, Carvill.

Subs not used: Moran, Dykes, McGinty, Gallagher.

COLERAINE: Johns, Mullan, McConaghie, King, Edgar, B Doherty, Lowry, Carson (Burke 34), Glackin, McGonigle (Bradley 81), McLaughlin (Shiels 62).

Subs not used: Doherty, O'Donnell, Parkhill, Davidson.

Referee: Jamie Robinson (Portadown)

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