IRISH LEAGUE: Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree hopes to kick on following basement win

Douglas Wilson of Dungannon and Liam Bagnall of Warrenpoint
Douglas Wilson of Dungannon and Liam Bagnall of Warrenpoint

Rodney McAree called for more self-belief after celebrating his first league win as Dungannon Swifts head coach.

They thrashed bottom club Warrenpoint Town in a one-sided match at Stangmore Park.

It was only Swifts’ third victory of the campaign – the other two came when Darren Murphy was in charge.

McAree admitted it was a relief to get off the mark.

And he wants his players to take the momentum from Saturday into the coming games.

“Hopefully this win will give us a little bit of belief that we can kick on and compete a bit more,” he said.

“There is a good buzz about the changing room and there are smiles back on the players’ faces.

“We need to approach our next match with a little bit more belief than we’ve had in the past, and hopefully this result will lead to that.”

Dungannon recovered superbly from the setback of falling behind to Daniel Hughes’ early goal.

The striker scored inside three minutes after a defender slipped and failed to cut out a cross from Sean Donnelly.

But Warrenpoint were pegged back within five minutes.

Paul McElroy took a pass from Kris Low before controlling and finishing superbly.

Dungannon went ahead when the goalkeeper spilled a cross and Andrew Mitchell bundled the ball over the line.

McElroy made it 3-1 with his second of the game - a stylish strike from distance.

Mitchell ended any hopes of a Warrenpoint comeback when he scored Swifts’ fourth, driving home after a free-kick dropped into his path.

And Cormac Burke made it 5-1 in the final minutes from McElroy’s pass.

McAree added: “It’s a results-based business and we want results, but I thought the performance was outstanding. Across the pitch we were very, very good.”