Cathair Friel Comes In On Loan

Dungannon Swifts FC are pleased to announce the arrival of Cathair Friel.

Friel in action for Coleraine FC

The striker joins on loan from Coleraine until the end of the season.

After a brief spell at The Showgrounds in 2011, Friel would make his name at Limavady United where his 46 goals in a single season helped the Roesiders win the Championship Two title in 2015/16.

Those performances alerted the attention of Ballymena United as Friel joined the Sky Blues in 2016/17 and he would lift the League Cup, as well as scoring in an Irish Cup final defeat to Glentoran during his time on Warden Street. In total, Friel made 162 appearances and scored 70 times for the Braidmen.

Cathair Friel celebrating a goal for Ballymena United

Speaking about the loan move for Friel, Dunganon Swifts boss, Dean Shiels, had this to say;

“I’m very happy to get Cathair on board. He is a proven Premier League goal scorer and those are hard to come by.

He gives us another dimension to our attack and I’m sure he will thrive with the attacking talent we already have here at Dungannon Swifts”

Dean Shiels – Dungannon Swifts Manager

The 28-year-old finished last season with Carrick Rangers and scored four times in 23 appearances for the Amber Army.

To date, Friel has made 23 appearances for Oran Kearney’s side – scoring six times in the process.

Friel is eligible to feature for the Swifts in this year’s Irish Cup.

We would like to thank Oran Kearney and Coleraine FC for helping to get this deal done and over the line in such a short space of time.

Welcome to Stangmore, Cathair. We wish you well in a Dungannon Swifts jersey.