Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Glenavon boss Quinn refuses to take foot off the pedal

Glenavon 3 Dungannon Swifts 1

Marty Quinn refuses to take anything for granted even though this win looks to have ensured Premiership football at Mourneview Park next season.

Goals from Tony Grant, James Costello and Willo McDonagh gave the Lurgan outfit their third home win in a row in their desperate fight to stay in the big league.

More importantly it takes them to 37 points and gives them a yawning eight point cushion over the Swifts, but with only three games left Quinn insisted: “Sure we can rest a little easier, but we’ll take nothing for granted. The survival battle will not have been won until it is mathematically impossible for us to be involved in any play-off.

“Until that has been achieved there will be no let up. We want to finish as high up the league table as possible.”

Rival boss Dixie Robinson conceded: “We’re at the bottom because we deserve to be there. We’re right in it.”

Grant broke the deadlock in 27 minutes responding first to fire home after strike partner James Costello’s effort came back off a post. Costello made it 2-0 in 81 minutes with a sublime lob from 25 yards and Willo McDonagh eased home nerves with a cracking third goal set up by Grant.

Glenavon: Plummer; Haughey, Dickson, Magee, Carvill; Harper, Walsh, McDonagh, Harpur; Grant, Costello (Murray 88). Subs: Docherty, Hudson, T McCann, Turkington

Dungannon Swifts: Rouse; Mullen (Doherty 63), Fitzpatrick, McMinn, Murphy; Hegarty, McAree, McCafferty, M McCann (McGerrigan 63); Adamson, Forker (McCreadie 70). Subs: McManus, McAlliskey.

Referee: Michael McLoughlin (Belfast).

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