Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Dungannon Swifts out to finish on high

Dixie Robinson has refused to write off the remainder of Dungannon Swifts’ season despite their disappointing Irish Cup exit.

After last weekend’s defeat to Linfield, Dungannon have just eight league fixtures left and the campaign looks set to end in low-key fashion at Stangmore Park.

With a top-six finish out of their hands and just a few more points needed to secure Premiership survival, the final weeks will now hold little interest for fans.

However, Robinson is refusing to accept Dungannon are safe, and is demanding a positive finish to what has been a disappointing campaign.

“The season’s not over because we have the league to focus on now,” he said.

“We can still finish in the top six while we can also go down, so there is still plenty to play for.

“However, the Irish Cup loss takes a lot of the gloss off it because the cup is important and if we had got through against Linfield, I thought we had a real chance.”

With Dungannon 11 points clear of basement side Newry, another four wins will be enough to secure survival.

There is also an outside chance of making the top six but that will require Swifts winning all three of their remaining pre-split games — Ballymena United tomorrow afternoon, then the Mid-Ulster derby double against Portadown and Glenavon

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