Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Dungannon Swifts and Donegal Celtic still fear drop after dull draw

Dungannon Swifts 0 Donegal Celtic 0

The analysis from the opposing managers was a little more flattering than that of the other observers but they shared the same sentiments – a best forgotten 90 minutes of football provided little in the way of entertainment on a bitterly cold Easter Saturday.

They agreed that a draw was a fair result and also stated the obvious in suggesting that today's fixtures could have a big impact on their respective fates.

DC boss Pat McAllister was upbeat after securing a point.

"I think both sides lacked a bit of quality in the final third. But it is a point gained at a place where we always find it difficult to get a result and we now move on to The Whites on Tuesday," he said.

"We are still only nine points behind Glenavon with five games remaining so, until it is impossible for us to finish outside the bottom two, we will continue to play our way to safety.

"Every game seems like our biggest of our season and Distillery is our latest big one.

Swifts manager Darren Murphy said: "Looking at the table is a little easier to do after this result but it is still too early to be drawing any conclusions. Until we are mathematically safe we will not relax. We have a tough game up next against Glenavon, but it is one we will go into confident as our results have been good this last month."

Swifts, without a scoring opportunity in the first half, finished the game on top and could have stolen a win and Premiership security in the final moments, while Celtic's best period came just before the break when a save and the woodwork denied them.