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’POINT OFF THE MARK

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

’POINT OFF THE MARK thumbnailDARREN Murray, centre, was Warrenpoint's goal hero in Saturday's 1-0 win over Ards at Milltown.

WARRENPOINT manager Matthew Tipton was delighted with Saturday's 1-0 win against Ards FC, which gave the Seasiders their first Premier League win of the season, writes Steve Malone.

Darren Murray's 63rd minute goal was enough on Saturday and the Town boss was delighted with his team.

"I am happy, not just for me but for everyone at the club, it has been a long 15 months since the club was relegated from the Premier League so to get the three points on the board means so much to everybody," said Tipton "The players are delighted and it just shows that they can compete at this level and I suppose over the last week confidence was dented but we tried to build that back up over the past couple of days and to get that win means that we are happy.

"It was massive because you don't want to be that team at the bottom looking up at everybody and it's a monkey off our back. But now we have got the three points a week into the season, it can hopefully be a springboard going forward." Warrenpoint's Darren Murray bagged his third goal in as many games while club captain Stephen Moan and goalkeeper Jonathan Parr cleared the danger to secure maximum league points and the Town boss couldn't have been happier with his players.

"Darren Murray helps us get up the field because he holds the ball up and he is winning his headers and the ball goes into his body, he protects it then he sets up to play to Sean Mackle, Conor McMenamin or Lorcan Forde," Tipton said.

"So he may not run around like an idiot, but if I wanted someone to run around like an idiot I could get a horse to do that. He does what I ask him to do and he is the focal point of our attack and if we can get three runners off him then we will do well.

"We have to defend every week so it is about time our defenders did clear one off the line. They hadn't done it the last two games and then Johnny Parr made a decent save and tipped it over the bar."

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