There was no hullabaloo as new recruit Chris Morgan arrived to watch Dungannon Swifts comprehensively defeat Malachians, but there were raised eyebrows as home supporters recognised the two guys accompanying him into the stand shortly after kick-off.
The pair tagging along with the 34 year old signing from Newry City were none other than Linfield players JP Gallagher and Jamie Tomelty – adding fuel to the ongoing tongue-wagging around Stangmore Park, suggesting an imminent return for the popular former Swifts duo.
All three must have been impressed with the entertainment served up by the home side, as they outclassed the Amateur League side who came with high hopes after eliminating Limavady..
There was a brace for Marc McCann, including a volleyed goal of the season contender, another two for Timmy Adamson and .Ryan McIlmoyle and man of the match Mickey Ward were also on target.
”The one disappointment from the game was losing Neil McCafferty to a red card,” said Swifts boss Dixie Robinson. “We will miss him for a game and he could have another suspension coming up — and that could hurt us.
”Drawing Linfield is not what we would have wanted but it doesn’t hold any fears for us either. Confidence is high, we have a real appetite and, to be honest, it is probably even a more awkward tie for Linfield.”