Darren Murphy has eyes on top six berth with Swifts

Dungannon boss Darren Murphy
Dungannon boss Darren Murphy

Manager Darren Murphy believes a top six spot is not a bridge too far for his fast-improving Dungannon Swifts.

The County Tyrone boys are a mere five points adrift off Ballymena United, who currently occupy that sixth position.

More importantly, the Swifts have played one game less.

It means that picking up three points from Saturday’s visit to Warrenpoint Town is crucial.

“There will be many twists and turns, but it’s good that we are still in there with a shout,” said Murphy.

“The table has presently split into four little mini leagues.

“The reality is the sixth place is probably between Ballymena, Glenavon and ourselves – at the minute anyway.

“Glenavon have two games in hand over us and three over Ballymena, so they are probably in a better position than most.

“We’ll keep battling away. We are coming off a great Irish Cup win at Coleraine, so the confidence levels are good.”

Murphy, however, applauds his team’s opponents, who have dragged themselves off the bottom of the table and have now accumulated the same number of points as Ballinamallard United and Coleraine – 26!

“They have done fantastically well on their Premiership debut season,” he added.

“Warrenpoint have defied all the odds as they were favourites to return to the Championship even before a ball was kicked. They play a good brand of open football and have the players that can hurt you.

“Every team is capable of beating the other which makes this league so fascinating.

“We’ll certainly have our work cut out. But we can great heart from our performance at the Coleraine Showgrounds.”