Darren Murphy is anticipating massive Premiership dogfight this season

Dungannon boss Darren Murphy
Dungannon boss Darren Murphy

Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy believes there are no certainties in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Murphy believes the new season could be the most hotly contested in years.

“You maybe have four or five teams at the top who could stretch away, but after that there are seven or eight teams who are pretty closely matched,” Murphy said.

“It’s an old cliché, but there are no easy games in the league this season. Every fixture is going to be tough.”

Dungannon opened their season with a 2-2 draw with Premiership new-boys Institute at the weekend.

They were denied the win by Stephen O’Flynn’s last-gasp equaliser.

On Wednesday they entertain Ballinamallard United at Stangmore Park in their second instalment.

“It is another home game, and we would like to pick up maximum points at home,” Murphy added.

“But there are no games that you can pinpoint as being routine wins. Wednesday night is going to be very difficult against a well-organised Ballinamallard side.”