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Warrenpoint on a roll as gap to survival rivals is cut

Warrenpoint Town 3-0 Ballinamallard

By Gareth McCcullough

Published 13/02/2016

Up close: John Boyle gets to grips with Ivan Sproule
Up close: John Boyle gets to grips with Ivan Sproule

Another commanding performance from Warrenpoint Town saw them move to within a point of Ballinamallard, Dungannon and Carrick as they cruised past the Mallards last night.

Three goals in 13 minutes from Tiernan Mulvenna, Stephen Murray and Johnny McMurray were enough for Barry Gray's men to take their fourth win in a row.

Warrenpoint began the brighter and created a number of chances but failed to capitalise in the opening exchanges.

On seven minutes, Martin Murray crossed from the right but Sean Donnelly miskicked and the ball flew well wide.

The home side almost went in front two minutes later with an audacious effort from top scorer Stephen Murray. He latched onto a long ball and seeing Alvin Rouse off his line, attempted an early chip that beat the keeper but landed just wide.

The Mallards did come into it more but were undone just before the break.

A volley from just outside the area from Warrenpoint captain John Boyle beat the fully stretched Rouse only for the ball to cannon off the post. However, Mulvenna was on hand to sidefoot the rebound home from six yards for his first goal since joining the club in January.

It took just 60 seconds of the second half for Point to double their lead and this time it came from a defensive mistake. Liam McMenamin missed a clearance midway inside his own half and Stephen Murray raced clear and kept his cool.

It was three before the hour mark with the best goal of the lot that was finished off by sub McMurray. Stephen Murray sprayed the ball to Donnelly and he played in the striker, who made no mistake.

Warrenpoint Town: Parr, Donnelly (Murphy 70), M Hughes, Moan, Dane, McVeigh, Boyle, Mulvenna (McMurray 51), S Murray, Clarke, M Murray (S Hughes 62). Subs not used: Smith, Duffy.

Ballinamallard United: Rouse, Crilly, McCartney, McMenamin, McCabe, O'Flynn (Mayse 64), Sproule, Falconer, Friars, Lafferty (Campbell 67), McKenna (Lecky 55). Subs not used: Dykes, Feeney.

Referee: Lee Tavinder (Dungannon)

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