Swifts set to face champions

Darren Murphy
Darren Murphy

Stangmore Park is ready to put the house full signs up as champions Cliftonville head down the M1 to take on Dungannon Swifts in a match that is crucial for both teams.

The Reds ended 2014 in poor form and have dropped six points behind Linfield at the top of the Premier League, while a Warrenpoint revival means Swifts are just one point above the basement club.

So manager Darren Murphy knows his team is against a team smarting from back-to-back defeats, followed by a fortuitous draw away to Ballinamallard.

“It is another tough match. Cliftonville have gone three games without a win, and I am sure Tommy Breslin will want to bounce back as quickly as possible” Murphy said.

“He will target Stangmore as a place where he thinks they can win, so we have to make it as difficult as possible for them on Saturday.

“We have our own challenges and the bottom four teams have all picked up points recently” he added.

“But I believe in my players and I am confident we can get out of this relegation scrap.”