IRISH LEAGUE: Dungannon defender Andrew Burns to miss clash with Glentoran

Andrew Burns
Andrew Burns

Dungannon Swifts defender Andrew Burns must sit out Friday’s Danske Bank Premiership clash against Glentoran at Stangmore Park.

The 23-year-old was dismissed in his team’s Boxing Day draw at Ballinamallard United.

But to offset that disappointment, Swifts boss Rodney McAree will have midfielder Ryan Harpur available after serving a ban.

McAree admits Glentoran will travel down the M1 still smarting from their festive Big Two defeat to Linfield.

“This is a big test for us,” said McAree.

“Glentoran will be hurting after the weekend result. I know they like to get the ball down and try to play football and, by all accounts, the surface at the Oval on Boxing Day wasn’t great.

“They’ll enjoy coming to our place, so we have to be ready to meet the challenge.”

McAree was delighted to come away from Ferney Park with a share of the spoils.

“I was happy with our second half offering – we were not so good in the opening 45 minutes,” he added.

“They are a big strong side and it us with everything – we rode our luck at times.

“But it was nice to get an equaliser in stoppage time. It’s the second game in a row that has happened. It’s a nice change because we usually concede late in games.”

“We are only one point off Ballinamallard and six away from Ballymena – that’s the direction we are looking at.”