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Dungannon Swifts are exceeding their own expectations, insists goal hero Waide

Dungannon Swifts 3 Glentoran 1

Ryan Waide
Ryan Waide
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Ryan Waide has revealed that even Dungannon's players have been surprised by their impressive start to the season.

The striker was on target against Glentoran as they made it seven points from three games.

It is in contrast to a year ago, when it took until the end of September for the Swifts to claim a league win - and October 20 to reach their current points haul.

Waide (19), who is on loan from Linfield, has scored in every game so far. And he admits their start has exceeded expectations.

"The boys have started off really well with two wins and a draw," he said. "Our target was to get five or six points from the first month and we've beaten that already, so hopefully we can keep it going. I thought we deserved the three points."

Dylan King fired Dungannon into a 26th-minute lead on Saturday with a 30-yard strike.

The Glens improved after the break, but Waide's clever finish in the 75th minute gave the home side breathing space.

Seanan Clucas then added No.3 from the spot in the 90th minute, after sub Craig Taylor had been tripped.

Glens sub Paul O'Neill did pull one back, but it was little consolation.

That denied the Swifts a first clean sheet of the season, and boss Kris Lindsay's frustrated reaction told its own story.

Overall, though, he is pleased with his side's start - but admits it is far too early to read too much into it.

"It is a long season, we're only three games in, so we'll not get ahead of ourselves," he said. "It's important to keep doing the basics and working hard - and let's see where it takes us."

Glentoran had performed well in their opening two games, against Glenavon and Coleraine. This, though, was a poor performance.

Boss Mick McDermott said: "We created four or five chances in a short spell in the second half. If one goes in it's back to 1-1, but when you're chasing the game again and again, it leaves you vulnerable at the back."

DUNGANNON: Johnston, Coyle, King, McGuinness (Wilson, 62 mins), Teggart, Smyth, Clucas, Lowe, Patton (Campbell, 66 mins), Carvill, Waide (Taylor, 86 mins). Unused subs: Byrne, McGinty, Harwood, Devlin

GLENTORAN: Antolovic, Smith (O'Neill, 76 mins), Peers, McClean, Kane, Crowe, Plum, Herron (Van Overbeek, 46 mins), McDaid, Byrne, Allen (Murray, 54 mins). Unused subs: Morris, Birney, Frazer, Gordon

Referee: Ian McNabb (Newtownabbey)

Man of the Match: Dylan King

Match Rating: 7/10

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