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Swifts must ruin McDermott's big day in race for Europe: Lindsay

 

Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Kris Lindsay admits Dungannon Swifts must spoil new Glentoran boss Mick McDermott's debut to keep alive their European dream.

McDermott takes charge of the Glens for the first time at Stangmore Park today.

Both sides are involved in a three-way battle to finish seventh, which brings a play-off for Europa League qualification.

With Dungannon two points behind Glentoran, Lindsay is aware that three points are vital.

"It's a massive game - as all five games are in the split," the Swifts boss said. "We are still hoping to finish seventh, and that has to be our aim over the next few weeks. If we win all five games, we will finish seventh. It's a tough ask, but there is no reason why we can't achieve it. We've got to aim to win all five."

The match has added interest with McDermott taking charge of the Glens for the first time.

Lindsay added: "Sometimes teams get a lift when a new face comes in with new ideas. If it happens, it happens, but we have to focus on ourselves."

• Ballinamallard United are making an application for a Uefa licence following their surprise progression to the Irish Cup final on May 4.

The Championship club will be huge underdogs against Crusaders in their first appearance in the showpiece. The Mallards have asked the Irish FA to submit what's called an "extraordinary" licence application.

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