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I didn't realise how good Daniel Hughes was, says Dungannon boss Rodney McAree

Dungannon Swifts 4 Warrenpoint Town 2

Daniel Hughes.
Daniel Hughes.
Rodney McAree
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Rodney McAree said he has been surprised by the impact Daniel Hughes has made at Dungannon.

The striker, signed in January, is already the club's top scorer in the league with eight goals.

That includes a double on Saturday as the Swifts came from 2-0 down to beat Warrenpoint.

McAree said: "I always knew Daniel was a good footballer, but I didn't realise just how good he would be.

"He has done really well - to score eight goals, considering he has only been playing since February, is very impressive.

"He's someone that will only get better too, and with a good pre-season behind him I don't see any reason why he can't hit 20 goals next season."

After a goalless first half, all the drama came in the second 45 minutes.

Alan O'Sullivan put Town in front when he finished off Danny Wallace's pass in the 52nd minute. Four minutes later, O'Sullivan turned provider for Lorcan Forde to make it 2-0.

But Dungannon scored three times in seven minutes to turn the game around, with Kris Lowe getting the first.

Rhys Campbell then levelled it with his first senior goal after a pass from Hughes.

Lowe and Campbell then combined for the third, with Hughes finishing off the move with a simple tap-in.

Hughes made it 4-2 late on, lobbing the goalkeeper with a classy finish from inside the box.

McAree added: "I thought we were very good but we conceded two poor goals and found ourselves 2-0 down.

"At this stage of the season, I questioned whether we'd have the ability to get back into it.

"But we responded well and to score three goals so quickly was very pleasing.

"We had a decent crowd, considering there wasn't much riding on the game, so to have such an entertaining match was good."

Dungannon Swifts: Addis, Coyle, Hegarty, Armstrong, O'Rourke, Fitzpatrick (Patton, 89 mins), Hutchinson (Lowe, 62 mins), Burke, Teggart, McElroy (Campbell, 70 mins), Hughes.

Subs not used: Coleman, Harpur.

Warrenpoint: Turker, Moan, Foster, Wallace, E Hughes (Fox, 78 mins), McGrandles, Reilly, Lynch (McKenna, 66 mins), Watters (Dane, 60 mins), O'Sullivan, Forde.

Subs not used: Parr, Roohi.

Referee: Tony Clarke (Newtownabbey)

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