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Boxing Day trip to Ballinamallard is a must-win for off-form Dungannon, says O'Rourke

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon Swifts defender Jarlath O'Rourke says today's clash at rock-bottom Ballinamallard United is a must-win.

The Stangmore Park side are stuck in a mid-winter rut and have collected just one point from the last four games.

But with three matches scheduled over the next week, they have a real chance to arrest that slump.

Two of those games are against the bottom two, with a trip to Carrick Rangers to come on New Year's Day - but O'Rourke believes it is imperative the Swifts focus on victory at Ferney Park this afternoon.

"It's a massive game - it's one we need to be winning," the full-back said.

"We have a lot of games, with Glentoran and Carrick to come as well over the next few days, so it's a big period for us."

Dungannon's last win came against Carrick in November, but they have an ideal opportunity to rediscover their form against a Mallards team rooted to the foot of the table.

The Fermanagh men have just five points from their 20 games and lost 2-1 at Ards at the weekend.

Yet O'Rourke has warned against any complacency from the Swifts.

"It will be difficult - it always is going there," he said.

"It's Boxing Day, it's a derby game and they are in real need of points. We have to be ready for a difficult game."

Dungannon lost 3-0 against Glenavon at the weekend - their third loss in four.

O'Rourke added: "It was very disappointing - we just didn't get going.

"We were poor in front of goal and poor defensively. Overall we weren't good enough. It was one of those days."

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