IRISH LEAGUE: No let-up for Rod McAree and Dungannon Swifts as they seek big finish to season

Dungannon chief Rod McAree
Dungannon chief Rod McAree

Rodney McAree insists there will be no let-up from Dungannon Swifts despite the club securing its Premiership status on Saturday.

A 2-1 win over Portadown saw the Swifts edge clear of the relegation battle at the bottom of the table.

The Stangmore Park outfit sit eighth in the table, one point below Ballymena United in Section B.

The team that finishes seventh this season will qualify for the Europa League play-offs, but Dungannon will not be involved as they do not possess the relevant licence.

But with three games remaining this season – starting with Tuesday’s home clash with Ballinamallard United – boss McAree insists his players will not be resting on their laurels until the campaign is finished.

“We want to try and finish as high up the table as we can,” he said.

“We have a fighting chance of finishing seventh, and while it might not mean as much to us with regards the Europa League play-offs, it is still a target.

“It has to be something we aim for, and we always set ourselves target.

“We have set ourselves targets throughout the season and we have achieved our goals.”