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Why League Cup success with Dungannon would mean more than scoring for Rangers at Ibrox: Hegarty

 

By Graham Luney

Dungannon Swifts star Chris Hegarty insists that winning a trophy with his hometown club would be bigger for him than playing and scoring for Rangers at Ibrox.

It's quite a statement from the 25-year-old but illustrates what it would mean to the defender to help the Swifts to victory tomorrow against Ballymena United in the BetMcLean League Cup final at Windsor Park.

Having featured in games at Ibrox when over 50,000 fans were in attendance, Hegarty is one of the Swifts players used to playing in big occasions, and with Ballymena's potent strikeforce he will be a key figure for Rodney McAree's men.

The ex-Linfield ace is relishing the prospect of what could be a dream come true for him and Dungannon.

"I think it will be my biggest moment as a player and bigger than when I was at Rangers," said Hegarty. "This is my club. I grew up wanting to play for Dungannon Swifts and when it is your own club I think it means more.

"I never thought I would get across the water but I got that opportunity and was glad to have it, but Dungannon Swifts was where I wanted to be from no age. For me to be going out to Windsor in a Dungannon Swifts jersey in a final and Rodney as manager, it will be a massive moment for me and my family.

"I moved back to Dungannon to play football and have known Rodney since I was young. It's home for me and I'm delighted to put on the shirt and I'd love to win a cup with them.

"I was at the 2007 Irish Cup final when Dungannon lost to Linfield on penalties and it was heartbreaking so hopefully it will be different this time."

The Sky Sports cameras will broadcast the decider. Hegarty believes that his team-mates will be boosted by that fact.

"On big occasions we have lifted ourselves so it is a positive for us," he said. "Sky being at the game won't be a problem."

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