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Old boy Carvill hoping to ruin Crues' bid for top six

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Michael Carvill

Dungannon Swifts ended a run of six straight defeats with a 1-1 draw at Carrick Rangers and their last match before the split gives them a chance to follow-up their last victory.

Crusaders visit Stangmore Park on Saturday knowing victory will guarantee them a top-six place, but with memories of a 2-1 defeat on their last visit in February.

Former Crues player Michael Carvill described that game as "probably Swifts best performance of the season" but that will only make next weekend's clash one of their toughest.

"I know Stephen Baxter and how he works and he will make sure the Crues are well up for it," said Carvill, now in his third season with Dungannon after playing almost 100 games the north-Belfast side.

"It will be an opportunity for them to get a bit of payback because that night we were excellent, our best performance of the season. They will know our style of play and it will be a very tough game."

Carvill admits it is still special playing against any of his old teams and although even a draw for Swifts could condemn Crusaders to a bottom-half finish to the season, he will be going all out to help his side to victory.

"I still speak to Stephen and am still friendly with a lot of the players, but you always want to do well against your former side," said Carvill.

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The game at the Loughshore Hotel Arena was Dean Shiels' first back in charge after the euphoria of the Northern Ireland Women's side - where he is assistant to his father Kenny - qualifying for the European Championships.

But Carvill said it was never mentioned in the build-up to the game, explaining: "Dean turned up, didn't want to talk about it, he switched back into Dungannon mode and he is very passionate. Anyone who watches him on the side of the pitch can see that and he ensures that enthusiasm is carried onto the pitch by us.

"Hopefully we can now start to build some momentum to the end of the season."

Ω Alan O'Sullivan has signed a two-year contract extension with Warrenpoint Town.

Town could also swoop for Larne goalkeeper Conor Mitchell.


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