DANSKE BANK IRISH PREMIER LEAGUE: REDS LOOKING TO DEAL WITH DUNGANNON SWIFTLY AT SOLITUDE

Reds manager Tommy Breslin hopes for more winning ways

Reds manager Tommy Breslin hopes for more winning ways

CLIFTONVILLE will look on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of the Danske Bank Irish Premier League with a home win over Dungannon Swifts.

Manager Tommy Breslin hopes to have a full squad available for him as he has received no reports of injuries.

However, the Reds boss will be looking for a much improved performance than that against Crusaders on Boxing Day.

Even the league leaders ran out 1-0 winners with an 80th minute goal from super sub Joe Gormley, it was not Cliftonville at its best.

After the game, the manager Breslin knew his team had got out of jail

“We were not at our best, but it was good to get the result in front of a big crowd,” said Breslin.

“We maybe had a bit of luck with the offside decision, but these things tend to even themselves out over the season.”

The Reds are currently nine points clear of Crusaders and with a game in hand on them.

Linfield striker Mark McAllister is an injury doubt for the match against Glenavon after picking up a groin strain on Thursday night.

The Blues are now in fourth place after their 2-1 win over Glentoran on Boxing Day and that was despite still missing Peter Thompson, who has a knee injury, and ankle-hit Philip Lowry.

Glenavon will be without the suspended Conor Hagan following his dismissal against Portadown on Wednesday.

Second-placed Crusaders have a 75-mile coach trip to face Ballinamallard Utd at Ferney Park.

Glentoran midfielder Stephen McAlorum is banned for visit of Donegal Celtic but Jason Hill, Mark Clarke and William Garrett return from suspension.

Portadown striker Darren Murray is available for the Shamrock Park meeting with Coleraine.

Ballymena will aim to halt a run of six straight league defeats when they play basement boys Lisburn Distillery at the Showgrounds.

United have Tony Kane returning from a ban although Alan Davidson (ribs) is a doubt, while Distillery’s Dominic Melly remains suspended.

The Sky Blues will be boosted by the signing of striker Shane Dolan, who has agreed to join the Showgrounds club from Donegal Celtic on an 18-month contract.

DANSKE BANK IRISH PREMIER LEAGUE: SAT, DEC 29, 2012: KICK OFFS 3PM:

Ballinamallard Utd v Crusaders

Ballymena Utd v Lisburn Distillery

Cliftonville v Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon v Linfield

Glentoran v Donegal Celtic

Portadown v Coleraine

 

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