Hannon kicks off cup scoring as Devlin grabs final hat-trick

Knockmenagh Swifts celebrate Friday's Beckett Cup triumph by 4-0 against Lurgan United. Pic by Ric Pics.
Knockmenagh Swifts celebrate Friday's Beckett Cup triumph by 4-0 against Lurgan United. Pic by Ric Pics.

Knockmenagh Swifts finished flying high on Friday night following an emphatic Beckett Cup final triumph.

The derby defeat of Lurgan United followed the high-scoring pattern of previous league dates between the sides but the Swifts dominated in the knockout showpiece.

Benjamin Hannon - drafted in a late replacement for Mark Cowan - kicked off the scoring before Nial Devlin increased his tally for the season.

A red card left Lurgan on the backfoot across the second half and Devlin wrapped up his hat-trick across the closing stages.

“Benjamin was called into the starting line-up as a late change due to Mark Cowan having to rush off to the maternity ward,” said Gareth Hoey, the manager of Knockmenagh Swifts. “I think it was the first game Mark has missed this season and everyone connected to the club extends best wishes to the whole family.

“He was registered as a substitute in case the timing allowed Mark to play some part in the match, so he ended up with a medal.

We kicked on after a slow start and really restricted Lurgan United to basically a single shot on target

Gareth Hoey

“We kicked on after a slow start and really restricted Lurgan United to basically a single shot on target.

“We have enjoyed the benefit in recent weeks of a settled defence and that probably helped us on the night.

“Thanks go to our supporters, plus Williams Estate Agents for sponsoring run-out tops and also Pass Motoring and Drumgor Tavern.”

Conor McAlinden and Dylan Kells were each selected for individual honours after the final whistle.

KNOCKMENAGH SWIFTS: Stewart Cully, Philip Cowan, Barry Quinn, Dylan Kells, Jonny Douglas, Conor McAlinden, Conor McAlinden, Conal Lavery, Benjamin Hannon, Sean Devlin, Niall Devlin. Subs: Billy king, Ryan Mead, Daryl Bannon, Chris Watson.