Glentoran’s Jason Hill managed to fluff his lines on what should have been day to remember!
The little defender, who is celebrating his testimonial season, was summoned from the bench after only 30 minutes to replace the injured Jay Magee.
He was given a rousing reception on his 300 appearance in a Glentoran shirt.
Hill then had the opportunity to mark the milestone occasion with a goal only to see Dungannon goalkeeper Gareth Buchanan beat away his penalty kick near the finish.
But even worse to follow.
With shot-stopper Buchanan in the Glentoran box looking for a Swifts injury time equaliser, Hill broke clear and, after a 50 yard solo dash, he managed to screw the ball wide of an empty goal! It just wasn’t his day.
“If I had known it was Jason’s 300th game, he wouldn’t have taken the penalty,” quipped Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson.
“He had two opportunities to finish it and give us a bit of breathing space – and missed both.
“My heart wasn’t too good for the last five or six minutes because of him.”
Goals from Marcus Kane and Mark Miskimmin sealed the win,. with Jamie Douglas on target for Dungannon.
“It was a hard fought three points,” added Patterson.
“We really could have been out of sight by half time, had we taken our chances, but once again we made life difficult for ourselves.”
Dungannon boss Darren Murphy rushed away after the game, leaving coach Terry McCrory to sum up the Swifts performance.
He said: “We didn’t deserve anything from the game. We kept the score to 2-1 by hook or by crook, but it would have been undeserved had we left with a point.
“It would have been an injustice to Glentoran had we stolen anything.””