Darren Murphy demands more from Dungannon Swifts

Ards goalkeeper Graham McKibben gets airborne
Ards goalkeeper Graham McKibben gets airborne

Darren Murphy admits Dungannon Swifts must improve their home form after bringing the curtain down at Stangmore Park with a rare victory.

This 2-0 win over Ards was their first at home since beating Linfield last November.

It was a significant result with the three points taking Dungannon across the safety line, ensuring another season of top-flight football.

However, Murphy concedes Swifts will have to up their game next term after just five home wins this campaign.

“It’s something we want to improve on next season,” he said.

“Our home form hasn’t been good, for some reason.

“It has always been our home form that has kept us up but this year it has been our away form – we’ve been very good away from home.

“It was nice to finish our last home game of the season with a 2-0 win and a long overdue clean sheet.”

The win over Ards came via late goals from Sean McCashin and Gary Liggett.

The deadlock in a poor quality match was finally broken in the 74th minute when Stefan Lavery’s cross was finished off by McCashin.

And the result was sealed when Liggett got his head to Ryan Harpur’s free-kick.

Saturday’s win confirmed Dungannon’s Premiership status for another term.

Although they have never been in serious danger of relegation, Murphy was pleased to get across the line.

“It’s nice to get ourselves over the line with two games still to play,” he added.

“We’ve done rightly in the cup competitions this year and we won the Mid-Ulster Cup in midweek so overall we’ve moved forward as a group of players.

“Are we the finished article? By no means.

“Obviously I will try and freshen things up in the summer. It is important not to let players get comfortable.”