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Race is still on for seventh, says Doherty

Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Institute

Setting challenge: Institute boss Kevin Doherty
Setting challenge: Institute boss Kevin Doherty
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Kevin Doherty says survival isn't enough for Institute this season as he urged them to keep fighting for seventh.

They lost at Dungannon Swifts on Saturday after a controversial penalty decision.

Paul McElroy scored the winner from the spot as the Swifts ended a three-game losing run.

It brings the Tyrone side back into the chase for seventh, with Institute and Glentoran.

Stute interim boss Doherty said: "We've done okay this season but we can get seventh, and we want seventh.

"It is about trying to win every game and also trying to improve our away record.

That is the challenge I've set the players. We didn't manage it today but we have three more games and nine points to play for."

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Institute trailed to Daniel Hughes' 54th minute goal, but levelled soon afterwards through Ronan Wilson's lobbed finish.

The turning point came when Ryan Morrow was harshly penalised for handball, after Michael Carvill's shot bounced up and hit his arm. The referee pointed to the spot, and McElroy coolly converted, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

It keeps Institute in eighth place, a point behind Glentoran.

Swifts manager Kris Lindsay felt his side deserved to winy.

He added: "We know seventh is still an outside possibility, but all we can do is win our games and put pressure on the teams above us."

DUNGANNON: Moore, Teggart, Hegarty, Clucas, O'Rourke, Lowe, Hutchinson (McElroy, 66 mins), Smyth, Carvill, Lafferty, Hughes (Campbell, 66 mins). Unused subs: Moran, Dykes, Gallagher, Ferrin, Conway

INSTITUTE: Gallagher, Morrow, C McLaughlin, D Curry, Dunne, Jarvis (E McLaughlin, 85 mins), Wilson, Smith, McBride, McCready (Doherty, 58 mins), S Curry (Brown, 70). Unused subs: Kelly, Bonner, Moorehead, Morrow

Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus)

Man of the match: Johnny Lafferty

Match rating: 4/10.

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