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Dungannon Swifts aim to keep on defying the formbook

By Billy Weir

Darren Murphy is more interested in winning points than gaining friends and he hopes to upset an old pal when they come face to face tonight.

Dungannon Swifts entertain a Glenavon team containing his former Linfield team-mate, William Murphy, who has been a revelation for his new side.

The Swifts' boss has guided his team to second place in the table and hopes to keep upsetting the odds and the Belfast Telegraph's tipsters!

"I'll pick the Telegraph up and it'll probably say a 2-0 defeat again," he said. (For the record, it's a 3-2 defeat this week).

"None of the reporters there obviously like me or Dungannon Swifts. We lose every game."

That's not the case, obviously, the Swifts' passing style is always pleasing on the eye, although a lack of cutting edge saw them wave goodbye to their unbeaten start at Ballymena last week.

Murphy knows it will be tough to bounce back against a Glenavon side in which his namesake has starred thus far.

"Gary Hamilton has brought in experienced players for very little money," said the Stangmore chief.

"I was impressed with them against Coleraine; they're a big, strong physical side.

"Winkie Murphy was very impressive and credit to Hammy he's signed some very good players so it'll be a tough task for us.

Ballymena United take on Ards looking to avoid being an unwanted statistic – Ards' first victim in the top flight.

Sky Blues' skipper Allan Jenkins is on his guard.

"It'll be another tough one, they got beaten last week and they'll maybe try and shut up shop because they've lost all their games," said the midfielder.

"I think we have enough quality to go and score goals and hopefully get a positive result.

"That would be nine points from 12 and would be a great start for us."

Tonight's other match sees the league's new breath of fresh air, Warrenpoint Town, visit the team who owned that mantle last season, Ballinamallard United.

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