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Lindsay knows Swifts must raise game in chase for Euro play-offs

Glenavon 1 Dungannon Swifts 0

Disappointed: Dungannon Swifts manager Kris Lindsay
Disappointed: Dungannon Swifts manager Kris Lindsay

By Steven Beacom

Dungannon Swifts boss Kris Lindsay has already turned his attentions to taking on champions-elect Linfield after a disappointing defeat to Glenavon.

In windy conditions, chances came and went for both sides at Mourneview Park on Saturday until a deflected Josh Daniels strike on 70 minutes broke the deadlock and ultimately earned the fourth placed Lurgan Blues maximum points.

It was a tough loss for Lindsay especially with Daniel Hughes hitting the side netting and Christopher Hegarty heading against the bar before the break and after it seeing his livewire substitute Johnny Lafferty miss a glorious headed opportunity prior to being superbly denied by Jonny Tuffey.

There was also a brilliant challenge from goalscorer Daniels when Kris Lowe was primed to find the net.

Glenavon had their moments with Moran keeping out a brilliant long range effort from Daniels as well as Andrew Mitchell. Robert Garrett shot wide after being superbly sent clear by Aaron Harmon and Conor McCloskey hit the woodwork in an eventful second half.

"Glenavon were the better team in the first half but in the second it was a different story," said Lindsay, who was a coach at Mourneview before moving to become boss at Stangmore Park earlier in the season.

"We had three great chances but didn't take them. We will take positives from the second half performance but we need to be more clinical. We have six matches left to try and secure seventh and a place in the European play-off places."

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The run-in starts on Friday night at home to league leaders Linfield live on television. If eighth-placed Dungannon win they jump above Glentoran to where they want to be.

"We know it will be difficult and we will need to perform to similar levels if not better than in the second half against Glenavon but we have to go into that game with confidence," said Lindsay.

Lurgan Blues assistant boss Paul Millar said: "It was great for us to get another win and our second clean sheet in a row. Our target now is to win our final six games and see where it takes us."

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Marron (Larmour, 29 mins) (Garrett, 51 mins), Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Hall (Hamilton, 79 mins), Harmon, McCloskey, Singleton, Wearen, Sharkey. Unused subs: Norton, Murray, Jenkins, Stewart.

DUNGANNON: Moran, Hegarty, Wilson (McGinty, 76 mins), Armstrong, Clucas (Lafferty, 46 mins), Hughes, McElroy, Teggart, O'Rourke (Campbell, 46 mins), Patton, Lowe. Unused subs: Moore, Dykes, Gallagher, Ferrin.

Referee: Ian McNabb (Newtownabbey)

Man of the match: Josh Daniels (Glenavon)

Match rating: 7/10

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