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Dungannon determined to land European spot, says McElroy

Dungannon Swifts 2 Newry City 1

Seventh charge: Paul McElroy
Seventh charge: Paul McElroy
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Paul McElroy admits a strong finish is needed as Dungannon Swifts push for Europe.

The Tyrone side moved seventh after beating Newry City on Saturday.

A goal down to the league's bottom club, McElroy and Daniel Hughes scored in the final four minutes to turn it around, keeping the Swifts in pole position for the last remaining European play-off place.

McElroy revealed that is the target as the season enters its final weeks.

"If you finish seventh and win the play-offs, you get into Europe, and that is the main objective," he said.

"It would do a lot for the club, so we will keep plugging away and hopefully results go our way."

McElroy added: "After the last couple of weeks, losing to Institute and going out of the Irish Cup, confidence might have been a bit low.

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"Thankfully in the end we got over the line. Over the course of the game I thought we deserved it."

Newry - who had led through Declan Carville - remain bottom after yet another late defeat and assistant manager Ray Byrne said: "This has happened far too often for it to be a coincidence.

"It is a problem that we have had all the way through the season."

DUNGANNON: Moran, Lowe, Hegarty, Armstrong, O'Rourke, Teggart, Wilson (Campbell, 71 mins), Clucas, Patton (Lafferty, 78 mins), McElroy, Hughes. Unused subs: Moore, Dykes, McGinty, Gallagher, Ferrin.

NEWRY: Coleman, King, Montgomery, Boyle, M Hughes, McCann, Carville, S Hughes, Teggart, Moody (Pender, 83), McCabe. Unused subs: Maguire, Mooney, Walker, Rushe, Durnin, Cavalcante.

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