MOUNTJOY United were given something of a reality check as arch rivals Beragh Swifts emphatically punished a number of their errors to secure the opening day derby win at Fountain Lane.
A goal by John Edgar handed last year’s Division Two champions a dream start but, after Ryan Burke equalised, Swifts took control to ultimately record a comfortable victory.
Jason Aiken made it 2-1 at half-time before further goals by Kyle McKane and Craig Breen put the seal on a good afternoon for Keith Hamilton and his players.
“It was a good steady performance by us and much of that was down to the fact that we showed our opponents the respect they deserved,” he said
In stark contrast opposite number David Gilfillan was bitterly disappointed in the goals that his team had conceded.
“For us it was a lesson well learnt,” he said.
“We made three stupid mistakes and they were all punished. That’s the difference in moving up another level.”
The visitors enjoyed the better of the early exchanges with Edgar having a goal chalked off for offside just 15 minutes in.
The former Dergview and Ballinamallard United player though did find the net shortly afterwards, the midfielder sweeping the ball home after a good run and cutback by David Baxter on the right.
Up to this point Swifts had offered little but shortly after the half hour mark they were back on terms. United goalkeeper John Long dallied and dithered under pressure from Micheal Brown, the ball fell to new signing Ryan Burke, who picked his spot by curling it inside a post.
Three minutes later Beragh struck again. The visiting defence failed to cut out Craig Breen’s driven free kick from the left and defender Jason Aiken ghosted in at the back post to slide home.
The visitors offered some resistance in the opening exchanges of the second half but after Lee Frazer went close with a couple of efforts, Beragh seized control when McKane scored direct with an in-swinging corner kick from the left.
That proved the killer blow and shortly afterwards Breen was given the freedom of the Mountjoy penalty area to control and fire a rising shot into the net.
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MOUNTJOY United secured their Division One status earlier today by hitting Irvinestown Wanderers for six at Lisnagirr Road.