TUMMERY ATHLETIC 4
BERAGH SWIFTS 2
THE free-taking abilities of Steven McMahon ultimately proved the difference between these two sides in a lively affair at Crawford’s Lane.
Barry Collins had the home side in front early on before Jamie McKeown levelled matters just before half-time. McMahon then sent a brace of successive free kicks arrowing to the net while substitute Ryan Cunningham wrapped up the Tummery scoring.
Stephen Browne scored late in the second half to cut the deficit to two. Ronan McAnespy’s men got off to the perfect start when Collins steered home Conor McCullagh’s driven corner kick but by the interval it was all square after home netminder Peter Ward denied Browne but was rendered helpless as striker McKeown swept home the loose ball on the follow-up.
Either side of the interval Swifts posed the greater threat with Browne, David Fulton and Michael Brown all failing to capitalise on promising situations. But having survived a rigorous examination of their defensive credentials, it was Athletic who stamped their authority on proceedings.
McMahon fired a deadball to the roof of Johnny Crawford’s net to edge the Dromore men in front and on 71 minutes spectacularly repeated the dose from all of 35 yards.
Ryan Cunningham swooped with a fourth before Swifts, who were left reflecting on a number of opportunities that went begging, grabbed a second when Browne cut in from the left to fire inside Ward’s far corner.