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Dylan King

Dylan King

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Dylan King

Dylan King believes an Irish Cup run can transform Dungannon Swifts' season.

The Swifts have been locked in a battle for survival, but today they put that to one side when they host Newry City in the cup.

They are big favourites to progress to the quarter-finals for the second year running, and King believes the competition can really lift the mood at Stangmore Park.

"The cup game is massive for us - a club like this can go very far," the defender (21) said.

"We've done it before - Dungannon have won a cup, they have been to semi-finals. There is no reason why we can't have another cup run.

"Cup games are different - it comes down to what happens on the day. People can have an off-day, it comes down to that day. It is very important for us to get into the next round, because it brings such a good feeling."

Dungannon won at Institute in the last round, while Newry - fifth in the Championship - beat Bangor.

King acknowledges that the Swifts are favourites, but warned they have to show why, and he is wary of last season, when they lost on penalties in the last eight against eventual finalists Ballinamallard.

"When you get a home draw against a Championship club, it does make you think you need to go out and stamp your authority," he added. "You need to make it as if you are playing Linfield or Cliftonville.

"You can't take your foot off the gas - look at what happened Dungannon against Ballinamallard last season.

"You have to play it as it is - it's a cup tie, a one-off game."

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