’Point on Parr with Premiership

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

’Point on Parr with Premiership thumbnailDELIGHT for Warrenpoint Town keeper Jonny Parr, pictured here with fellow defender Jordan Dane.

WARRENPOINT Town manager Matthew Tipton was delighted with Saturday's Tennents Irish Cup win over Premiership side Ballinamallard and believes they are ready for a return to top-flight football, writes Steve Malone.

The game finished 0-0 after extra-time but the Seasider's progress after a 5-4 win on penalties and they will now face Mid-Ulster side Crewe United in the next round.

“I want Premiership football for this football club and if we perform like that then we should get Premiership football,"

“We had an off day in front of goal but no-one has scored more goals than us in our league, so obviously our boys can put the ball into the back of the net and sometimes it doesn't happen.

"I thought their keeper [Richard Brush] had an inspired game, he was brilliant and made four or five great saves and kept them in the game."

Tipton said he never doubted his goalkeeper Jonathan Parr, who pulled off two stunning saves during the penalty shoot-out.

“I told him before we took the penalties that he would win the game for us because generally keepers win penalty shootouts, outfield players don't win them, but 99 times out of 100 the keeper makes a save and Johnny Parr is the hero," Tipton said.

“That's all he had to do today, he had two or three long-range shots at him towards the end of the game."

Warrenpoint Town are six-points clear at the top of the Championship and face Knockbreda on Saturday, but the performance against Ballinamallard and the addition for new signings shows that the Point are ready for the return to the Premiership.

“I am coming from a higher standard of football my whole life. I was in England and then played in the Premier League here. I didn't know what this league was about to be honest but my coaching practices aren't for Championship football in Northern Ireland," said Tipton.

“My coaching standards are for coaching at a higher level of football. And it might take time to put that principle in to practice out on the field.

“But every time we have taken on a Premier League team we have absolutely dominated them. Ards, Glenavon, Ballymena where we got beat but we battered them and we absolutely battered Ballinamallard."



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