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Dungannon Swifts fear Glackin's exit is now inevitable

By David Mason

Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy admits he will have a tough job hanging on to Jamie Glackin.

The 20-year-old turned in another eye-catching performance in his team's Premiership defeat at the Oval, where goals from Curtis Allen and Stephen McAlorum kept Glentoran on track for European qualification.

Murphy is expecting a surge of interest for Glackin over the summer.

"It will be difficult to hold on to Jamie, there is no question about that," he said..

"There are plenty of clubs already sniffing around him - the list is endless. He was very close to joining Derry City in January but, credit to him, he wanted to stay with us and help us secure Premiership survival."

Meanwhile, Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin believes the race for Europe will keep fans on the edge of their seats in the season's closing month.

Just three points separate the Reds and sixth-placed Glenavon and, with all the top sides going toe-to-toe during the Premiership's post-split schedule, Breslin foresees an intriguing climax.

A Joe Gormley hat-trick, combined with a strike by Martin Donnelly and Jay Donnelly gave the Reds a 5-1 win over Institute, for whom Dean Curry netted a consolation.

"There's going to be something riding on every game," he said. "There are five teams chasing two European places."

Mark Surgenor, Neal Gawley and Matthew Tipton scored as Ballymena United beat Ballinamallard United 3-1 - Liam Martin's goal making it 1-1 at half time - as they won at Ferney Park for the first time.

Irish Cup finalists Portadown slipped to fourth in the table after a scoreless stalemate at Warrenpoint Town.

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