Dungannon chief Darren Murphy hopes Swifts can build momentum going into New Year

Swifts' manager Darren Murphy
Swifts' manager Darren Murphy

Determined Darren Murphy hopes Dungannon Swifts can build some momentum going into the New Year.

The Swifts earned a spirited 2-0 win over Ballinamallard United on Boxing Day to boost their survival prospects.

The victory eased the Stangmore Park club out of the bottom two in the Premiership table, and four points away from basement side Warrenpoint Town.

Next up is Tuesday night’s trip to Mourneview Park to face Glenavon (7.45pm).

“It is another tough game for us - but they all are,” Murphy said.

“Boxing Day was a big win for us.

“We could have been nine points adrift of Ballinamallard if we lost, but we are now only three.

“So it was a proverbial six-pointer.

“We played well and deserved to win, but we have to kick on now and build some momentum.

“We know there are 15 massive games left for us this season, and if we keep picking up points here and there then we should be okay.”

Glenavon earned a spirited point of their own on Boxing Day, coming from behind to record a late 3-3 draw against Portadown.

“They will be lifted by that point,” Murphy said.

“They also scored three goals at Shamrock Park, which is no easy feat.

“So they will also be looking to push on and get the win on Tuesday.

“It is another difficult test but it is one that we are approaching with confidence.

“We beat Glenavon the last time in the league so hopefully we can repeat that on Tuesday.

“The lads have trained well and we are looking to put on a good performance and get the right result.”