KRIS Lowe was one of seven players in Dungannon Swifts’ starting 11 for Saturday’s BetMcLean League Cup Final who had graduated through the Dungannon United Youth set-up based at the Joe McAree Stadium.
As a teenager the Omagh man enjoyed much success at United Youth and twice represented Tyrone against none other than Manchester United in the Milk Cup, most memorably defeating the young Red Devils 2-0 at Castlederg’s Darragh Park in 2013.
However nothing compared to helping the Swifts capture their first senior trophy after defeating Ballymena United 3-1 at the National Stadium.
Lowe was one of Dungannon’s star performers on a glorious night, which he says he will cherish forever.
And having got a taste of it, he wants more.
“It was surreal, it was a massive proud moment in my short career so far,” he said.
“That will stay with me for the rest of my life, the family being there. It was a massive day, a massive occasion and I’m glad we rose to it as a squad.
“Personally I felt I was a solid performer on the day and didn’t do myself any injustice. I was pleased, very pleased.
“It makes me hungry for more, if that’s the feeling I get. Hopefully I can kick on and win a lot more with Dungannon.
“Dungannon’s in a good place, I think they are going forward at the minute and I just hope to be a big part of it.”
During the summer Dungannon lost the services of 25-goal hitman Andrew Mitchell and creative midfielder Jamie Glackin to league leaders Crusaders.
Many predicted that those departures would see the Swifts struggle however they have maintained a mid-table position in the Danske Bank Premiership and on any given day Rodney McAree’s men are a match for the very best.
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