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Dungannon Swifts boss Kris Lindsay responds to 'flattering' Glentoran rumours

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Dungannon manager Kris Lindsay
Dungannon manager Kris Lindsay
Hectic day: Point manager Stephen McDonnell

By Steven Beacom

Kris Lindsay has insisted that he is already preparing for next season as Dungannon Swifts manager despite being linked to the hot-seat at Glentoran.

Lindsay was frustrated at Warrenpoint Town yesterday as his side lost an extraordinary encounter to end the Tyrone outfit’s chances of making the European play-offs.

The defeat follows midweek speculation surrounding Lindsay being the number one target for Glentoran with their current boss Mick McDermott potentially considering a director of football role. It is understood, however, that McDermott is keen to stay on as boss with Lindsay pinpointed for a coaching role at the club if and when the proposed Iranian takeover happens.

“I’m the Dungannon manager. I’m learning my trade and am focused on the job and seeing where it takes me,” said Lindsay.

“Glentoran can look after themselves. At the moment I’m trying to recruit players for Dungannon and make sure we give ourselves the best possible chance to hit the ground running come August.”

Asked if he believes he will be Dungannon boss at the start of next season, Lindsay said: “Why would I think anything else?”

“It is flattering (to be linked to Glentoran) but I’ve only been in this job 10 minutes. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and hopefully I’m learning from them and believe we are moving in the right direction.”

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Saturday's defeat means Dungannon are six points behind seventh-placed Glentoran with two games left and the east Belfast outfit, in the coveted European play-off place, have a far better goal difference.

"It was always going to be a big ask for us to finish seventh but the chances of that are finished now," said Lindsay.

"Our defending wasn't good enough for their goals and we should have scored more ourselves. That's why we lost which is very disappointing."

Lee Duffy and Danny Wallace gave the home side an early two-goal cushion but by the break Rhys Campbell, Paul McElroy and Michael Carvill had made it 3-2 to the visitors. McElroy also had a penalty well saved by Jared Thompson.

Wallace netted on 57 before Fra McCaffrey brilliantly set up the impressive Joshua Lynch on 64 and then finished in style himself in injury time.

For Warrenpoint manager Stephen McDonnell, his side's extraordinary victory brought relief after a painful month.

"I have had a real go at them the last couple of weeks and at times we didn't play well against Dungannon but to come back and get the win is great credit to the players and I'm really pleased for them," said McDonnell.

WARRENPOINT: Thompson, Reilly, McGrandles, McCaffrey, J Lynch, M Lynch, Scannell, O'Connor (Young, 53 mins), Wallace, Donnelly, Duffy (Kelly, 78 mins). Unused subs: Turker, Magowan.

DUNGANNON: Moore, Hegarty, Wilson (Hutchinson, 68 mins), Clucas, McElroy, Teggart, O'Rourke, Lowe (Gallagher, 72 mins), Campbell (Patton, 59 mins), Smyth, Carvill. Unused subs: Moran, Scott, McIvor, Ferrin.

Referee: Christopher Morrison

Man of the match: Francis McCaffrey

Match rating: 9/10

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