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Win over Crusaders gives Swifts confidence ahead of Glenavon cup trip: Lindsay

Dungannon Sw 1 Crusaders 0


Head boy: Dougie Wilson beams with delight after putting Dungannon in front

Head boy: Dougie Wilson beams with delight after putting Dungannon in front

David Cushley

David Cushley

Head boy: Dougie Wilson beams with delight after putting Dungannon in front

Kris Lindsay admits a repeat of Saturday's effort against Crusaders is needed as Dungannon Swifts' focus returns to cup action tonight.

A rare goal from Dougie Wilson saw the Swifts topple the champions at the weekend.

However, Lindsay has had little time to enjoy the result, with his side back in action at Glenavon this evening.

The Mid-Ulster rivals meet in a rearranged Tennent's Irish Cup sixth round tie, with a home quarter-final against Ballinamallard United or Carrick Rangers awaiting the winners.

Lindsay said: "It's a massive game and it's a small, small turnaround for part-time players.

"But we'll recover properly, we'll look after ourselves and we'll get ready to go again on Monday night.

"We know it will take a similar level of performance to get a result against Glenavon, but we will go there with confidence."

Lindsay hopes to have some of his key men back, with Christopher Hegarty, James Ferrin and Michael Carvill likely to be available.

They were among a host of absentees on Saturday, with Lindsay naming himself on the bench to cover the shortage.

However, Dungannon overcame their selection problems to make it three league wins from four.

The only goal came in the 59th minute when Wilson rose above three players to meet a corner from Jarlath O'Rourke, heading in from the edge of the six yard box.

It was the perfect way for Dungannon to bounce back after a poor home loss to Coleraine four days previously.

Lindsay added: "I spoke about the importance of how we responded to that defeat, and I think we answered that.

"We knew it would be extremely tough against a Crusaders side trying to put a push on for the title, but I thought our boys were excellent.

"In the first half, we defended really, really well, then in the second half we got our chance and took it.

"We played with a bit of quality at times and I can't fault our boys today - it was a great three points."

With players returning from injury, Lindsay admits Dungannon fans won't be seeing him back on the pitch any time soon.

He joked: "Was I tempted to bring myself on? Absolutely not. Rest assured that over the next few games I will not be back on the bench, let alone the pitch."

The Crues, meanwhile, have slipped 12 points behind leaders Linfield.

They paid for missing a series of early chances, with David Cushley hitting the crossbar and twice being denied by goalkeeper Alex Moore.

Boss Stephen Baxter admitted things did not go for them, but felt there were positives to take from the game. "It's frustrating but I'm not disappointed with the performance," he added.

"The performance today was excellent, and I thought Reece McGinley was absolutely outstanding.

"But we just didn't get the break of the ball.

"Dungannon did get that break with the header, and held on to their lead, and these things happen in football."

DUNGANNON: Moore, Teggart, Armstrong, Dykes, O'Rourke, Campbell, Wilson, Clucas, Smyth, McElroy, Lafferty. Unused subs: Moran, Patton, McGinty, Marcal, Gallagher, Bell, Lindsay.

CRUSADERS: O'Neill, Burns, Coates, Ward, Ruddy, Clarke (Ronan Hale, 65 mins), Caddell, Rory Hale (Patterson, 65 mins), McGinley, Cushley, Forsythe (Lowry, 72 mins). Unused subs: Doherty, McChrystal, Holden, Snoddy

Referee: Tony Clarke (Newtownabbey)

Man of the match: Jake Dykes

Match rating: 7/10

Belfast Telegraph