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’Point must shoot down ducks.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

’Point must shoot down ducks. thumbnailWARRENPOINT'S Conall McGrandles with Cliftonville's Joe Gormley.

WARRENPOINT Town boss Matthew Tipton was frustrated and disappointed following Saturday's defeat against Barry Gray's Cliftonville on Saturday, writes Steve Malone.

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Even the late and exciting signing of former Ballymena striker and Warrenpoint native Alan Davidson couldn't disguise what was another poor performance from the Town.

The Seasiders remain second from bottom of the Dankse Bank Premiership, three points above Ballinamallard and two behind Carrick Rangers, but importantly Warrenpoint have played a game more than those two, which makes Friday's game against the Mallards of vital importance.

A positive result in Milltown on Friday would end a winless league streak of five games and give Warrenpoint some breathing space from the root of the table, but first Tipton's men must lift themselves for tonight's (Tuesday) game against Dungannon Swifts in the Bet-McLean League Cup, also at Milltown.

Warrenpoint have two home games, which can go a long way to shaping their season.

The good news is that the Town's top striker Darren Murray should be available to start having served the last of his suspension against the Reds on Saturday.

Barry Gray's Belfast side did enough to put his former club away without needing to pull up any trees and that is what annoyed Warrenpoint boss Tipton.

"I feel like I am repeating myself week in week out here and I didn't feel that Cliftonville had too much to do to get a result today and I suppose that is detrimental to us and our part," said Tipton.

"Because we made a couple of mistakes and they scored goals from it.

Again I feel like I am repeating myself, if we don't clear the ball when it bounces at the edge of the box then we are going to be in trouble.

"So while looking back on the game it is a disappointing result and I am also disappointed in the performance." The Reds took the lead after 14 minutes when Rory Donnelly's dipping header was finger tipped to the bar by keeper Jonathan Parr but Jude Winchester tucked away the rebound from close range.

Parr was called into action again and pulled of a brilliant save, to prevent an embarrassing own-goal from captain Stephen Moan.

Warrenpoint's chances at goal were far and few between with Davidson having the best opportunity in the opening ten minutes but his 25-yard effort was comfortably saved by Cliftonville keeper Neeson.

The Reds doubled their lead three minutes from the half-time when Winchester took advantage of hesitant Warrenpoint defending and slid the ball in behind the defence for Chris Curran to tuck the ball low into the net at the near post.

The second half had almost a pedestrian feel to it with Cliftonville's Jay Donnelly testing Parr on two occasions.

Former Warrenpoint striker Daniel Hughes injected a bit of life into the Reds play but already had the points in the bag as Warrenpoint offered little attack.

TJ Murray had shot saved and another blaze over but it was another forgettable performance from a team that are much better than they showed on Saturday.

Gray's Cliftonville have won three league games on the bounce and they are at the top half of the table and the Newry man feels that his side are moving in the right direction.

"We want every team coming through the gates not really wanting to be here and at the minute it is about us and making sure we get the result and we did that today and we have a massive game next week against the Glens so it is small steps but still plenty of work to be done and I have just to keep the players focused on where we are and where we need to be."

Tipton has previously expressed his desire for a good run the cup competitions, so we can expect a strong team to line out against Dungannon Swifts tonight but Friday's game against Ballinamallard at Milltown is already a six-pointer and a match Warrenpoint have the ability to win.

Warrenpoint captain Stephen Moan is wary of being leapfrogged and he expects his team to stand up.

It should be a cracking contest and the Mallards traditionally travel with a lively support, but hopefully Warrenpoint's home support will come out in numbers for this important fixture.

Cliftonville: Neeson, McGovern, Ives, Breen, Harney, Curran, Bagnall, Winchester, Gormley, J. Donnelly, R Donnelly. Subs: Hughes (replaced R. Donnelly 62), Garrett (replaced Winchester 53), M. Donnelly (replaced Gormley 69), Long (not used), Lavery (not used).

Warrenpoint Town: Parr, Foster, McCreery, Moan, Mackle, McMenamin, S. Murray, Lynch, T.J. Murray, Davidson, McCafferty. Subs: Roohi (replaced Lynch 62), Forde (replaced McCafferty 37), Wallace (not used), McGrandles (replaced McCreery 46), Türker (not used).

Referee: Lee Tavinder.

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