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Dungannon eyeing up European play-off spot as Swifts continue red-hot form

Coleraine 1-2 Dungannon Swifts

Looking up: Kris Lindsay has targeted a push for Europe
Looking up: Kris Lindsay has targeted a push for Europe

By Steve Jones

Dungannon Swifts continued their unbeaten start to 2019 as a deflected strike from Oisin Smyth gave the visitors a deserved win over Coleraine.

After missing several chances, the Swifts made the breakthrough on 32 minutes as Paul McElroy kept his composure to slot past Chris Johns.

However, that lead was short lived as the Bannsiders responded 60 seconds later when Jamie McGonigle found the bottom corner from Jamie Glackin's cross.

The impressive Smyth restored Dungannon's lead when he powered home with the aid of a deflection after a strong run from McElroy on 48 minutes.

Speaking after the game, Swifts supremo Kris Lindsay was full of praise for his side's performance and has targeted a European play-off spot.

"I'm very pleased with the performance and the victory," he said. "I thought we were really, really good today.

"We'll just keep trying to keep our momentum going and keep the points ticking over.

"Yes we're looking at the teams above us, and if we continue to win then you never know, but the gap is quite big between ourselves and Cliftonville in sixth.

"We have to be looking to get a European play-off place, but it will be down to the boys continuing on this form."

Coleraine boss Rodney McAree was disappointed to lose out against his former employers.

"I thought we were beaten by the better side on the day," he added.

"I didn't think we performed as well as we can do or worked as hard as we can do."

COLERAINE: Johns, Mullan, Lowry, Bradley (McLaughlin, 63 mins), Carson (Parkhill, 82 mins), Crown, McConaghie, Doherty, Edgar, Glackin (Davidson, 56 mins). Unused subs: Doherty, O'Donnell, Moore, Burke.

DUNGANNON: Moore, Hegarty, Armstrong, Hughes, McElroy, Teggart, O'Rourke, Patton, Hutchinson, Smyth, Ferrin (Lafferty, 88 mins). Unused subs: Moran, Dykes, McGinty, Campbell.

Referee: Ian McNabb (Newtownabbey)

Man of the match: Paul McElroy

Match rating: 7/10

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