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Glenn Ferguson happy that Ballymena United are on the up

Warrenpoint 1-2 Ballymena United

By Martin Cairns

Glenn Ferguson was pleased as punch that his Ballymena United side emerged with maximum points from a tricky trip to Warrenpoint Town.

Defeat for the Sky Blues would have dragged them to within a point of their hosts at the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership but goals from Matthew Tipton and David Cushley ensured there were no such concerns, despite Stephen Hughes pulling one back for Town before the hour mark.

"We're delighted to get three points and delighted with some aspects of our play," said Ferguson as his men made it six games unbeaten to put their miserable start to the season firmly in the shade.

"Our back four were resolute and we defended well, but we could have scored another couple of goals if we had been more clinical with our finishing."

The opener came on 34 minutes when Matthew Shevlin and Tony Kane combined to tee Tipton up for the finish.

Early in the second half, a foul by Stephen Moan earned a free-kick which Cushley stepped up to dispatch via the base of the post, but Warrenpoint halved United's advantage with more than half an hour left on the clock when, amid a hectic goalmouth scramble, Daniel Hughes' drive was charged down only for the ball to fall for brother Stephen to make sure.

Town's hopes of forcing a draw were thwarted when visiting keeper Dwayne Nelson saved from David McCabe ahead of Moan collecting his second caution of the afternoon as the Milltown men finished the afternoon a man light.

"It was a disappointing first half display but it was more like us in the second," said Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray, whose charges have lost seven of their nine Premiership outings this term.

"Then we created chances and took the game to them. But we conceded a very slack goal at a crucial time in the game.

"Still, we reacted to it which was important."

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