NI LEAGUE CUP: Dungannon rout Mallards to seal passage

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

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

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).