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Town see off Windmill

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Town see off Windmill thumbnailSean Mackle had a great match for Warrenpoint while Ruairi Devlin was inspirational for Windmill in the local derby at Holm Park on Saturday

WARRENPOINT Town fought back from a goal down to defeat Windmill Stars 3-1 in a pre-season friendly at Armagh's Holm Park on Saturday. Neither side were at full strength but both got important work-outs before the new season kicks off.

WINDMILL STARS ...1
WARRENPOINT ...3

And both managers, Warrenpoint's Matthew Tipton and Windmill's Marcus Woods, were reasonably content after the game.

The Stars' boss said: "I'm very happy with the work-rate of the side. I told the boys if they took their eyes off the ball, against Premiership opposition, they would get punished. And they did as I asked.

"I'm pleased, apart from the scoreline. I don't think we deserved to get beaten 3-1. A draw would probably have been a fair result." While the Town supremo said: "I thought they (Windmill) tested us - a bit too much at times. But it's pre-season. Some of the stuff we have been working on we didn't show out there. We want to keep some of our tactics to ourselves.

"We haven't really nailed everything down. But we had plenty of positives out there. I thought we showed decent enough fitness levels and we came on strong in the last half an hour. After conceding a goal we upped the tempo," said Tipton.

Both sides were minus key players. Windmill were missing Ronan Millar, Gregory McCabe, David Mc- Cabe, Paddy Magill, Jody McGovern and Shane King while the Point were without the likes of Rory McGuinness, Stephen Murray, Darren Murray, Martin Murray, Conor McMenamin and Luke Fisher.

The teams cancelled themselves out in an evenly matched opening half. Liam McKenna created the only real chance of note in that first 45 minutes, the Town left back wriggling through before bringing a first class save from the Stars' keeper Peter Murphy.

But after the break the action hotted up. Windmill, with former Warrenpoint player Ruairi Devlin having a proverbial blinder, went close a few times. New signing and another ex-Warrenpoint player Sean McMullan tested the visiting defence several times and Josh McKeown lobbed over the bar when clean through.

But on 65 minutes the Newry team shocked the Premier big boys. Gareth White played a super ball through the heart of the Town defence with Josh McKeown using his searing pace to latch onto the incisive pass. And the striker did brilliantly, keeping his cool to round the Warrenpoint netminder Alan Blayney before sliding the ball into the empty net.

However, the Seasiders wasted little time getting back into contention. Indeed two minutes later Curtis Dempster poked low in the Stars net after his first shot had been blocked.

On 71 minutes the Town edged in front. Sean Mackle, Warrenpoint's new signing from Portadown, thundered in a 25-yard free kick with Peter Murphy performing a minor miracle to get a hand to the fierce drive and turn it onto the woodwork. But his heroics were in vain as the alert Darius Roohi was on hand to hook the rebound into the net.

And Mackle completed an industrious afternoon when he struck a second freekick, also from 25 yards, past the lunging left hand of Murphy.

When asked how his Windmill team was going to do this season Marcus Woods replied: "I'm here to do one job - to win the league. But it's going to be hard.

We were missing six or seven players today. We have a big panel but we are going to need it.

"The hardest job will be to try and get the Carnbane League thinking out of the players and get the Irish League thinking in. It will take a while but we'll get there. Rome wasn't built in a day," said the Windmill boss.

Matthew Tipton then spoke of his new players, saying: "After conceding a goal we upped the tempo.

I thought Sean Mackle came into his own then. I know he hit the freekicks and everything else but throughout the whole game his quality shone through.

He makes some great runs off the ball. He wouldn't run as often or as quickly as John McGuigan but he'll get into the same positions and he'll deliver the same type of ball.

"It's good to get a win, especially in a local derby. TJ Murray stepped up to the plate. There's a lot more to come from him but today he showed intensity levels near to where I want.

"Darius (Roohi) scored a goal which is always good and I was pleased with some aspects of his game. He has been away in Brazil and he has not even had a coaching session. He came on Thursday night and just did some ball work. But we know there's a player in there.

"Also I was impressed with the three young fellows who came on - all 16-year-olds. Warrenpoint lad Eoghan Byrne was good, stepping up from the youth team. And if he performs the way he did today he will not be playing in the U18 team, he'll be up with me or at least in the U20s every week. I was really impressed with him.

"Same with Dean Rice: he was top scorer with the U16s last year. I always look to see who is scoring goals in the youth teams. I was impressed with him on Thursday night in the finishing practices we did. I wanted to get him on the field. He did really well in his use if the ball and he pressed the ball well.

"Young Padraig Robinson has only just turned 16. He has been out for a year with a broken leg but he's a very talented footballer. I want to get him involved.

He's someone we have big hopes for, somewhere down the line." On forthcoming fixtures Tipton concluded: "We play Portadown at Shamrock Park on Tuesday night (tonight).

It will be a tough game now that they have been relegated and we have been promoted. And on Saturday we are home to Muirhavenamor." Windmill Stars: Peter Murphy, Jordan Mackey, Conor McKeown, John Joe Maguire, Paul O'Rourke, Joe McLoughlin, Ruairi Devlin, Gareth White, Josh McKeown, Sean McMullan and Josh Durnin with subs: Tiarnan Casey, Conor Shields, Lee Gilmore and Jack O'Doherty.

Warrenpoint Town: Alan Blayney, Anto Reilly, Jordan Dane, Stephen Moan, Liam McKenna, TJ Murray, Josh Lynch, Sean Mackle, Darius Roohi, Mattie Parker and Curtis Dempster with subs: Jordan Little, Eoghan Byrne, Dean Rice and Padraig Robinson.

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