NI LEAGUE CUP: Dungannon rout Mallards to seal passage

Stefan Lavery scored twice for Dungannon Swifts.
Stefan Lavery scored twice for Dungannon Swifts.

Stefan Lavery scored twice to help Dungannon ease past Ballinamallard into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

The forward was handed a rare start and took full advantage with a pair of classy strikes at Stangmore Park.

The Swifts had the tie wrapped up by the break, by which stage they were 4-0 up. Two more goals followed in the second half as they ran out 6-1 winners.

A strong start from Dungannon was rewarded when they went ahead in the 25th minute. Ally Teggart collected a cross from Cormac Burke before firing an unstoppable effort into the top left-hand corner.

The Swifts’ second came soon afterwards as Lavery got the first of his brace. He connected with a cross from the impressive Andrew Mitchell, scoring at close range with a downward header.

Ballinamallard conceded a third in the 39th minute.

Lavery collected a ball over the top, rounded goalkeeper Cameron Crawford and netted with a stylish low effort.

Any doubts about the outcome were settled when the Swifts made it 4-0 just before the break through Jamie Glackin.

Sub Niall Owens pulled a goal back, but Burke tapped home from close range with two minutes remaining and Glackin with his second finished the game off in the dying embers.

DUNGANNON SWIFTS: Addis, Burns (Fitzpatrick, 72), Hegarty, Wilson, O’Rourke, Harpur, Glackin, Teggart, Burke, Lavery (McMahon, 60), Mitchell (Lowe, 72). Subs not used: Coleman, Armstrong.

BALLINAMALLARD: Crawford, Morris (Frempong, 34), Feeney (Owens, 46), McConnell, McMenamin, McCartney, McKenna, McGinity, Lafferty, Lecky (McElwaine, 24), Armstrong. Subs not used: McGrath, Mayse

Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon).