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For anyone interested the swifts are running a fantasy football league this year. Basically they are having a private sub league so that fans can pick their team (english premiership) and pip their football knowledge agaisnt the management team of the swifts and the players. The premiership starts on sat so obviously its important to get your team picked asap! if interested go to barclays premier league website and pick your fantasy team.

Once this is done contact someone at the swifts (MSG DUNGANNON SWIFTS FC ON FACEBOOK or FILL IN A CONTACT FORM ON THIS SITE) and you will be given a code to enter a private league on the website (this will be the swifts league) the fee is £5 per month and there will be a manager of the month prize and end of season prizes for 1-5th. (manager of month is the person with top points obtained in that month!)

Swifts 0-0 Coleraine – Full Match report now available

Dungannon Swifts 0 Coleraine 0

It may have been the weekend which football fans look forward to more than most, but surely few will remember this drab game for long.

The new Irish League season got off to an uninspiring start at Stangmore Park as Dungannon Swifts and Coleraine drew a blank in a desperately disappointing curtain-raiser.

After all the waiting and expectation, this was quite a let-down.

Both sides have lost some of their top creative talent this summer and that undoubtedly contributed to a game which was low on chances and lacking in attacking quality.

Indeed the main talking points came in stoppage time – first Howard Beverland was sent off for a professional foul and then a Coleraine penalty appeal for handball was rejected.

Already this is shaping up to be Dungannon’s toughest season in the top division.

While there was effort and commitment aplenty, they lacked a penetrative edge in the final third, hitting the target just once over the 90 minutes.

That will be a concern for manager Dixie Robinson, who must somehow find a way to compensate for the loss of striker Timmy Adamson in the coming weeks.

There were positives for Dungannon too, however.

Goalkeeper Niall Morgan kept a clean sheet to cap an impressive display, while Stefan Lavery also showed glimpses of his potential with a hugely encouraging performance.

Their back line also impressed, with Adam McMinn and Dermot McCaffrey forming a solid partnership in central defence, while Terry Fitzpatrick bossed the midfield.

It was also a positive start against a Coleraine side who have invested heavily to offset the loss of influential midfielders Darren Boyce and Stephen Carson.

Among their recruits is ex-Linfield striker Curtis Allen, who had the best chance of the opening half.

It came in the 25th minute when the ball dropped perfectly for the striker, but Morgan saved with his legs before McMinn cleared the danger.

Earlier the ‘keeper had comfortably collected a 30-yard effort from Darren McCauley, while he watched as David Scullion almost converted a Stephen Lowry corner.

Coleraine ‘keeper Michael Doherty wasn’t tested in the opening half, with Dungannon’s best effort coming from Terry Fitzpatrick whose long-range drive was deflected wide.

Early in the second half a defensive mix-up between Doherty and Damien McNulty almost gifted Michael Ward a goal but he was quickly closed down by David Ogilby.

Then Morgan came to Swifts’ rescue again, shutting out Stephen Parkhouse’s effort at the back post following a penetrating cross from former Swifts midfielder Ryan McIlmoyle.

With an hour gone Coleraine attempted to improve their attacking options by introducing Shane Jennings and former QPR striker Leon Knight.

Dungannon also brought on PJ Lavery, which gave them fresh impetus.

After namesake Stefan’s angled drive had been blocked by the ‘keeper, PJ Lavery tried to convert with a header but was thwarted by Beverland on the line.

Minutes later Shea McGerrigan picked out Craig McClean on the overlap, but the left back shot into the side-netting.

Both sides pushed for the points as the clock ticked down.

Jennings headed a cross from Knight against the upright, while a rasping 25-yard strike from PJ Lavery was deflected just wide.

The main talking points came right at the end.

First Stefan Lavery was fouled on the edge of the box by Beverland, resulting in the young Coleraine defender being shown a straight red card. McCaffrey fired over from the resulting free-kick.

Then in the final seconds Knight was convinced he should have had a penalty when his shot struck McCaffrey’s arm. Crucially, though, the referee disagreed.

DGN SWIFTS: Morgan, O’Neill, McClean, McMinn, Fitzpatrick, Funston (PJ Lavery, 62), McCaffrey, S Lavery, Topley, Ward, Murphy (McGerrigan, 73)

Subs not used: Donnelly, Montgomery, A Forker

COLERAINE: Doherty, Beverland, McNulty, Ogilby, Scullion, Lowry, Allen, Parkhouse (Knight, 59), McIlmoyle (Jennings, 59), Canning, McCauley

Subs not used: Tommons, Spratt, Clarke

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

Swifts v Carrick Rangers

Carrick Rangers FC have now agreed a ground share agreement with Crusaders FC and all their home fixtures up to and including 27 December 2011 will be played at Seaview, Belfast, this means that our fixtures v Carrick will be as follows….

Saturday, 27.08.11

Carrick Rangers v Dungannon Swifts

Seaview, Belfast – 3.00 pm

Tuesday, 27.12.11

Carrick Rangers v Dungannon Swifts

Seaview, Belfast – 7.45 pm

Swifts v Coleraine Match Photos

Photos of the match are now up on our gallery found under the information section of this site. Also in the gallery are photos of the Dungannon united youth u10 team showing off the Foyle Cup which they recently won. Enjoy!

Dungannon Swifts 0-0 Coleraine

During the first half of the game both the home side and Coleraine failed to produce anything for the large crowd of supporters looking on.

Chances from Curtis Allen and David Scullion for the Bannsiders could have been better, while Terry ‘Choka’ Fitzpatrick drove a shot just wide of the right post. 

Just before the break a defensive error between the Coleraine ‘keeper Doherty and defender McNulty should have been punished by Michael Ward, however he failed to convert from six yards out.

Swifts ‘keeper Niall Morgan was on form with two spectacular saves, the better coming up against Stephen Parkhouse, were Morgan launched himself in front of the on coming attacker to block his shot with a superb right foot block, which defender Adam McMinn was on hand to clear from the danger zone.

Coleraines pre season starlet Shane Jennings was the closest to securing 3 points for the Bannsiders when his header in the final 10 minutes of the game rebounded out off the left post. Craig McClean reacted quickest for the home side to ensure his team didn’t fall behind.

Swifts Substitute PJ Lavery pounced onto a bad pass from Coleraine to rifle a ball down the line which Stefan Lavery latched onto after totally out pacing Howard Beverland. After chasing hard to catch up with the young Swifts forward, Beverland launched a tackle, from behind, on S.Lavery and seen RED for his rash challenge with only minutes to go in the game. Dermot McCaffrey sent the resulting free kick just over the cross bar.

Coleraine battled out the last few minutes, after a ‘desperate’ claim for handball in the Dungannon box, referee Raymond Crangle denied all chances of a penalty, awarding a goal kick to Dungannon which was closly followed by the final whistle.

Swifts Team: Niall Morgan, Ryan O’Neill, Craig McClean, Adam McMinn, Terry Fitzpatrick, Michael Funston, Dermot McCaffrey, Stefan Lavery, Johnny Topley, Michael Ward and Darren Murphy.

Used Subs: PJ Lavery (replaced Funston), Shea McGerrigan (replaced Murphy).

Subs not used: Johnny Montgomery, Aidan Forker and Phillip Donnelly.

Coleraine Team: Michael Doherty, Howard Beverland, Damien McNulty, David Ogilby, David Scullion, Stephen Lowry, Curtis Allen, Stephen Parkhouse, Ryan McIlmoyle, Aaron Canning and Darren McCauley.

Used Subs: Leon Knight (replaced Parkhouse), Shane Jennings (replaced McIlmoyle) and Ciaran Clarke (replaced Scullion).

Subs not used: Peter Spratt and Gareth Tommons.

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