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Glory day: Rodney McAree hails Swifts’ League Cup win

Glory day: Rodney McAree hails Swifts’ League Cup win

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Glory day: Rodney McAree hails Swifts’ League Cup win

Rodney McAree has said Dungannon Swifts must put last season's League Cup triumph to one side.

The Co Tyrone side kick off their defence against Championship side Limavady United at Stangmore Park tonight.

It comes just five months after they beat Ballymena United in the final to secure their first major trophy.

Memories of their Windsor Park triumph are still fresh for McAree, but he said the focus now turns to kick-starting their season and trying to retain the Cup.

"It seems like only yesterday since we were celebrating winning the final," he said.

"It's nice to be going into this tie as the holders of the Cup - we can take a lot of satisfaction from that.

"But we don't want it to be a one-off. We have to build on it and try and progress this season."

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Dungannon, who have lost three of their opening four league games, begin their trophy defence against Limavady, who are second from bottom of the early-season Championship table.

The Swifts are expected to be without defender David Armstrong and striker Daniel Hughes, who are both injured.

Summer signing Mark McAllister is also struggling with an Achilles problem.

Dungannon start as favourites tonight, and McAree sees it as a chance to bounce back from Saturday's 2-1 loss at Glentoran.

He added: "We want to win the game and progress far into the competition. It's also about putting together a run of results and building confidence.

"Last season's Cup win was special - the build-up, the match itself and of course the celebrations.

"We want to taste that again, but first we have to get past Limavady."


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