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Tipton's young guns look to Davidson for creative inspiration

Cliftonville 2 Warrenpoint Town 0

By Conor McLaughlin

Matthew Tipton is hopeful that Alan Davidson can add some experience and guidance to his fledgling Warrenpoint Town team.

The veteran midfielder made a surprise debut for the county Down side in Saturday's defeat to Cliftonville at Solitude, where first-half strikes from Jude Winchester and Chris Curran were sufficient to stretch the hosts' winning run to five games.

Both managers admitted that the contest rarely rose above the mundane, with Tipton acknowledging that his men lacked any purposeful creativity - a situation he hopes former Newry City and Glenavon ace Davidson can help them address.

"We kept that one quiet, I'm capable of keeping my mouth shut sometimes," grinned the 'Point boss, afterwards.

"I've known Alan since we were at Ballymena together and he's been playing GAA in America. He's been in training with us for the last week or two and I believe he can come in and do a job for us.

"He's a good player with a lot of experience in the Irish League and I know what he can bring to a team."

Opposite number Barry Gray - who handed the Warrenpoint managerial reins over to Tipton just shy of a year ago - surmised a dismal game thus: "We did what we needed to do to win."

Cliftonville: Neeson, McGovern, Ives, Breen, Harney, Curran, Bagnall, Winchester, Gormley, J Donnelly, R Donnelly. Subs: Hughes (for R Donnelly, 62 mins), Garrett (for Winchester, 53 mins), M Donnelly (for Gormley, 69 mins), Long, Lavery.

Warrenpoint: Parr, Foster, McCreery, Moan, Mackle, McMenamin, S Murray, Lynch, TJ Murray, Davidson, McCafferty. Subs: Roohi (for Lynch, 63 mins), Forde (for McCafferty, 35 mins), Wallace, McGrandles (for McCreery, 46 mins), Turker.

Man of the match: Chris Curran

Match rating: 3/10

Referee: Lee Tavinder (Dungannon)

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