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Stephen Hughes hails Warrenpoint's vital victory

Warrenpoint Tn 5 - Institute 1

By Gareth McCullough

While younger brother Daniel was Saturday's hat-trick hero, the creative force behind Warrenpoint Town all season has been Stephen Hughes.

The playmaker has created chances galore this campaign and hit nine goals of his own, including the fifth against Stute, but admitted that manager Barry Gray was far from happy at the interval as his side look to haul themselves away from the relegation play-off spot.

"We got a bit of a talking to at half time because, even though we were two goals up, we could have been a lot better," said Stephen, whose side's tally also included an effort from Darren Forsyth, with Davitt Walsh on target for the seemingly doomed visitors.

"We pressed them a bit higher up the field in the second half and defended a bit better as well. Once we got the third goal, we settled a bit and when they had the man sent off (Aaron Walsh) we sort of stopped for 10 or 15 minutes.

"It was important that we got that win to basically put Institute out of the picture. That was the main thing and now we have four points between us and the two teams (above us). If we can get the three points against Ballymena, that will put the pressure on even more next week going into the Dungannon match."

At times, there seems to be a telepathic understanding between the Hughes boys but Stephen says it's more down to the work they do in midweek ahead of games than anything.

"It's nothing else other than training and playing together. We've been doing more shooting practice on Thursday nights at training and that's helping now too," he revealed.

"You always learn playing football. Every season you're learning and you have to take everything on board."

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