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Glentoran 3 - 0 Warrenpoint: Town boss Gray hits out at 'lazy' performance

By Gordon Hanna

Warrenpoint players are on a final warning and have been told to either shape up or ship out.

Furious boss Barry Gray let rip after watching his side capitulate against a below-par Glentoran side at The Oval.

Gray's game-plan stood up to the test in the first half but he fumed: "We rolled over in the second and let them run through us in midfield.

"It was down to sheer laziness and is unacceptable. This is a professional league, if you want to call it that, and you have to act professionally."

In his fury Gray revealed: "Thirty per cent of our players missed one night's training in the week, that's a huge chunk and was reflected today."

Town came into the game on the back of a rare win over Coleraine last week and if they were resting on their laurels Gray was having none of it.

He warned: "If that's the case my message is quite clear. I am not accepting it. If that's their work ethic after one win then they will not be here long.

"The bottom line is there is no shortage of players who want to come and play football. Even if they are not technically as good as the players in the panel but work harder week after week that would be a step forward. Players need to step up to the mark.

"The big frustration for us is that we have maybe more quality than other teams but we have consistently refused to show it."

Despite Glentoran running out comfortable winners in the end, boss Eddie Patterson was not performing cartwheels either.

He moaned: "We could have been 2-0 down at half-time. The attitude was not right from the outset. We needed to work harder for each other.

"A few things were said at half-time, attitudes changed and we got the result. We could have won by more with a little more care in our finishing."

A moment of magic four minutes before the break by teenage sensation Jordon Stewart lifted the spirits of the home faithful.

Town failed to deal with Richard Clarke's cross, the ball broke kindly and Stewart didn't need a second invitation to send a stunning volley past Jonathan Parr. The visitors never recovered and two more strikes from David Scullion sealed their fate.

GLENTORAN: Morris, Bradley, Birney, Magee, Hill; Scullion (McGuigan, 88 mins), R Clarke, Kane, McAlorum (Henderson, 83 mins) Stewart, Addis (M Clarke 71 mins).

WARRENPOINT: J Parr, King (S Parr, 84 mins), Cowan, Boyle, M Hughes, Havern, McCabe (Smith, 84 mins), Bagnall, Moan, D Hughes, Grant (Devlin, 60 mins).

Ref: Andrew Davey (Bangor).

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