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Glackin revelling as Swifts' last action hero

Dungannon Swifts 2 Glentoran 1

By Adrian Rutherford

Jamie Glackin described his late wonder-strike against Glentoran as the dream way to win a football match.

The winger curled home an 89th-minute beauty to give Dungannon Swifts a deserved victory.

The Stangmore Park side, who have seized the initiative in the chase for seventh spot, trailed at the break but, after Chris Hegarty levelled, that eye-catching Glackin strike won it.

The 22-year-old said: "I knew it was in as soon as I hit it. Before it hit the net I was running away to celebrate.

"We're just delighted in there with the three points. To win a match like that - it's what dreams are made of.

"We dug deep in the second half. Glentoran had made it hard for us in the first half. We were poor - we knew that ourselves.

"It was all about coming back out and showing everyone what we could do."

Dungannon fell behind after 29 minutes when Fra Brennan got his angles wrong as he tried to clear a cross from Curtis Allen, heading into his own net.

But the Swifts regrouped after the break, with both Douglas Wilson and Cormac Burke going close before Hegarty levelled with 15 minutes left.

And Dungannon won it in the 89th minute when Glackin got forward, shifted the ball onto his right foot and curled home a sublime effort.

"We restricted them to less opportunities in the second half compared to the first half," added Glackin.

"You have to give our players credit. We got at Glentoran and battled to the end. To win in this way is a real boost for us.

"I know the table shows they are not going well this season, but Glentoran are still a massive club. We did our job well and got the three points."

Dungannon need two more wins to make sure of seventh and a ticket to the Europa League play-offs. After travelling to face Ballinamallard United tomorrow, they host Carrick and Portadown on the last two weekends.

It was a miserable afternoon for Glens boss Gary Haveron, who saw his side throw away victory, lose midfielder Aaron Harmon to what looked a serious injury and faced the wrath of fans at the end.

Haveron said: "In these crunch games where it really matters, we just come up short.

"We've shown that consistently this season - we constantly come up short. That is the reality. So the fans have every right to be unhappy."

Dungannon: Addis, Lowe, Brennan, Hegarty, O'Rourke, Wilson, Harpur, Teggart (McMahon, 63 mins), Burke, Glackin, Mitchell (Fitzpatrick, 90 mins). Unused subs: Douglas, Lavery, Coyle.

Glentoran: Morris, Ferrin, Magee, Addis, Redman, Delaney (Harmon, 62 mins (Smith, 82 mins)), McAlorum, Foley (Gordon, 73 mins), Kane, O'Flynn, Allen. Unused subs: Nelson, Hamill

Referee: Andrew Davey (Bangor)

Man of the match: Jamie Glackin

Match rating: 7/10

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