Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

McIlmoyle focused on Crusaders test

Ryan McIlmoyle insists Dungannon Swifts’ Co-Operative Insurance Cup run must not become a distraction from the league.

Dungannon will be aiming to book their place in the first major final of the season when they face Coleraine in Wednesday night’s semi-final.

But in the most important week of their season to date, Dungannon must first focus attention on tomorrow’s league clash at Crusaders.

And while McIlmoyle would love to reach a cup final, he doesn’t want it to overshadow his side’s push for a top six league finish.

“It is nice to do well in the cups, but the league is the main focus and our priority is to finish in the top six, and push on if we can,” he said.

“We’d like to get a bit closer to the top two, and that has to be our main focus for the season. That’s what we are aiming for.”

Tomorrow they face a tough test against Crusaders but McIlmoyle believes it is vital Dungannon take a positive result from Seaview into the cup semi-final.

“We are normally pretty good on the road, bar last Wednesday night’s 4-0 loss at Newry, but that aside our results have been good,” he added.

“We’ve the cup semi-final on Wednesday night and we want to try and get our confidence up, so we can have a good go against Coleraine. Scoring goals isn’t a problem.”

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