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Swifts aim for Europa League play-off place after win

Dungannon Swifts took a big win over Carrick on Saturday. Credit: Presseye
  • Dungannon Swifts 4 - 0 Carrick Rangers

Dungannon look odds on to secure a Europa League play-off place following an emphatic 4-0 victory over Carrick Rangers at Stangmore Park on Saturday.

Dungannon broke the deadlock with just seven minutes gone when Jarlath O’Rourke’s left wing cross was headed home by their top scorer Andrew Mitchell.

Four minutes later, Dungannon doubled their advantage through Ryan Harpur after his initial effort was saved by Tyler Briers in the Carrick goal.

Harpur got his second and Dungannon’s third in the 25th minute firing home with a close range header.

And, just before half-time, it was 4-0 when Fra Brennan headed home Conor Burke’s corner.

Dungannon need only a point in their final game of the season at home to Portadown to qualify for the season ending European play-offs.

Swifts defeat visitors Glentoran

Swifts' Jamie Glackin celebrates after scoring to make it 2-1 during Saturday's match at Stangmore Park. Credit: Presseye
  • Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Glentoran

Dungannon remain on course for a Europa League play-off place after they came from behind to defeat Glentoran 2-1 at Stangmore Park.

Fra Brennan gifted the east Belfast the lead when he headed into own goal midway through the first half.

But the Swifts levelled through Chris Hegarty in the second period when he headed home Jarlath O’Rourke’s corner.

And with a minute remaining Jamie Glackin put the Swifts in front with a beautiful lobbed finish.

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Ballymena earn victory over Dungannon in thriller

Ballymena celebrate their win over the Swifts. Credit: Presseye

Ballymena United won 3-2 over Dungannon Swifts in what was a hugely entertaining game at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Kris Lowe opened the scoring for the visitors with a fine finish off the underside of the bar in the 16th minute.

But Kyle Owens headed home six minutes into the second half to restore parity.

The Sky Blues went in front from the penalty spot, with Tony Kane netting his 12th spot-kick of the season after 57 minutes.

However, Dungannon struck back again through Andy Mitchell nine minutes later to set up a grandstand finish.

Ballymena had the final say 11minutes from time when he headed home from close range to secure his side's first league win in three games.

Carrick Rangers see off Swifts

  • Carrick Rangers 2-0 Dungannon Swifts

Carrick Rangers put their poor league form behind them to secure a 2-0 win over Dungannon Swifts at Taylor's Avenue on Wednesday.

Stephen McCullough set them on their way on 24 minutes, his looping header beating keeper Stuart Addis.

The home side had to wait until nine minutes from the end to make sure of the win with Daniel Kelly ending his run into the box with a nice finish under the Swifts keeper.

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Ards and Swifts share spoils in thriller

  • Ards 3-3 Dungannon Swifts
Ards' David McAllister celebrates scoring against Dungannon Swifts during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Bangor Fuels Arena, Bangor. Credit: Presseye

Ards fought back from a goal down on three separate occasions to earn a 3-3 draw with Dungannon Swifts in an entertaining game at Clandeboye Park.

Andrew Mitchell converted a Peter McMahon cross to open Dungannons account in the 38th minute, but Michael Ruddy levelled from the penalty spot early in the second half after Johnny Taylor had been fouled in the area.

Cormac Burke put his side back in front after 55 minutes but again the hosts responded with Davy McAllister capitalising on a defensive lapse in the 73rd minute to make it 2-2.

Burke once again restored his side’s one goal lead after being played through by Mitchell in the 87th minute, but Carl McCombe ensured a share of the spoils when he stabbed home from close range in injury time after Gary Ligget’s initial effort had been saved.

Impressive win for Dungannon over Ballinamallard

  • Dungannon Swifts 6-1 Ballinamallard United

Dungannon Swifts swept aside Ballinamallard United with a 6-1 win at Stangmore Park.

Alan Teggart set the home side on the way with Stefan Lavery netting twice and Jamie Glacken all on target as the Swifts led 4-0 at the break.

Niall Owens pulled a goal back for the Mallards after the restart, but that was as good as it got as Cormac Burke and Glacken got their name on the scoresheet for impressive Dungannon.

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