Dungannon Swifts 2 Donegal Celtic 0
Dungannon’s hopes of staying in the top flight next season are in their own hands after they were the only winners amongst the triumvirate battling to avoid the dreaded play-off with Championship runners-up Newry City.
An own goal from Thomas Lambe on three minutes and a superb free-kick score from Ryan Harpur put them 2-0 up on Donegal Celtic after just 16 minutes but they couldn’t add to their advantage despite their dominance against a side that was eventually reduced to nine men for the second week running with the dismissals of Stephen McAlorum and Lambe.
The visitors burst into life with 20 minutes to go when they pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, Darren Murray converting after Michael Funston was adjudged to have fouled Sean Cahill.
Swifts defender Craig McClean|(pictured) — for whom next Saturday’s trip to Glenavon will be his last Premiership game for the Swifts ahead of a summer move to Crusaders — was delighted with the result and explained his side’s failure to build on an impressive start.
“We were a bit nervous with so much pressure on the game but, most importantly, we got the three points and thus keep things in our own hands,” he said.
“We were all over DC at the start and went 2-0 up. But, instead of putting the result beyond them, we took our foot of the pedal and conceded a sloppy goal to leave a difficult finish.”