Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

O’Neill: I will blast Dungannon Swifts to safety

Stephen O’Neill is hoping he can provide the attacking firepower which Dungannon Swifts have been missing.

The 27-year-old striker announced himself to fans with a goal of the season contender on his home debut last weekend — and immediately set his sights on adding to his tally in the coming weeks.

Goals were a problem for Dungannon last season — they were the lowest scorers in the division — with O’Neill brought in to solve that problem.

And after scoring nine times with Carrick Rangers last term, he is hoping to fire the Tyrone side away from relegation trouble.

“I’ve enjoyed it since I came here and, fingers crossed, I can keep putting the ball in the net,” O’Neill said.

“I got nine goals last season and I hope to double that this year. We’ve had a good pre-season and the squad is a lot bigger, there are plenty of players challenging for positions, so it’s up to me to keep scoring.”

After starting the campaign with two draws, Dungannon will be aiming to claim victory when they face Mid-Ulster rivals Glenavon at Mourneview Park tonight.

It is an intriguing clash between two teams desperately hoping for better times in 2012/13, and O’Neill is aiming for a positive result.

“Glenavon are a good side but there is no reason why we shouldn’t be challenging the likes of those teams,” he added.

“We have good players, we believe in ourselves, and we will be aiming for three points.”

Dungannon goalkeeper Niall Morgan is among five players set to return to the squad.

The goalkeeper missed the opening two games because of a two-match ban carried over from his dismissal in a 5-1 defeat to Glenavon towards the end of last season. Defenders Ryan O’Neill and Johnny Montgomery are also available again after serving bans.

Another two, Ryan Mullan and Neal Gawley, return after missing the opening two matches.

Dungannon head coach Rodney McAree said: “It is good to have a problem in terms of selection.”

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