Belfast Telegraph

Swifts urged for strong finish against Ports


By Adrian Rutherford

Ryan Harpur has called for one final push from Dungannon as they end their league campaign against Mid-Ulster rivals Portadown.

The Swifts are on a three-match winning run ahead of today's clash.

And, with a Euro play-off to come, Harpur wants to beat the already-relegated Ports and maintain momentum.

"We are hitting a good bit of form and we want to continue that on Saturday," he said.

"It's the last league game and we're playing at home, in front of our fans, so we want to finish with a win so that we're going into the play-off with a bit of confidence.

"I think we've done well in the last few weeks - it's four wins out of five in the league - so we just need to keep it going."

It has of course been a season of contrast for Dungannon.

After a good start, their form dipped around the turn of the year, damaging their league progress, before a recent upturn.

After beating Glentoran, they turned in what Rodney McAree described as their best performance of the campaign at Ballinamallard. And then last weekend, Harpur scored twice in a thumping 4-0 win over Carrick Rangers.

They end the season against Portadown and, barring an unlikely 15-goal swing, Dungannon know they will finish seventh.

Harpur added: "We're delighted. If we hadn't made seventh at this stage we would have been very disappointed.

"We are nearly certain to be in the play-offs and we have an opportunity now to achieve something and finish the season on a high," he said.

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