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Tipton having an impact as Warrenpoint reach their first Mid-Ulster final

Glenavon 1 Warrenpoint Town 3

By Ian Callender

Published 30/11/2016

Ice breaker: Stephen Murray opened the scoring for Point
Ice breaker: Stephen Murray opened the scoring for Point

Matthew Tipton will celebrate his first year in management by leading Warrenpoint Town into a cup final after watching his side claim a deserved 3-1 Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final success over Glenavon at Mourneview Park.

The Championship leaders will meet the winners of tonight's second semi-final at Holm Park between Armagh City and Loughgall in the Town's first appearance in the decider.

The former Portadown and Ballymena ace put out an attacking line-up and was rewarded with two goals in a minute midway through the first half.

John McGuigan, with the help of a deflection from Dave Elebert, added a third on the hour as Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton paid the price for making 11 changes to his side.

Town, like Glenavon without a game for 10 days after Saturday's league fixture was postponed, were a constant threat, and hit the home side with a quick-fire one-two.

In the 23rd minute, Simon Kelly failed to deal with a routine pass in the centre circle and gave up possession to Stephen Murray, who sprinted away and beat James Taylor with some style.

Exactly 60 seconds later, Warrenpoint doubled their lead after McGuigan sent Lorcan Forde clear on the right and when the cross came in, McGuigan headed into the top corner.

Glenavon pulled one back in the 31st minute with a move started and finished by Declan O'Brien, who bundled a Guy Bates cross over the line.

Elebert was twice denied by superb goal-line clearances from Point captain Stephen Moan as Glenavon's absence from the Mid-Ulster decider was extended to six years.

Glenavon: Taylor; Young, Kelly, Elebert, Neill (Burns 63); Fisher (Hamilton 71), Braniff, Kilmartin, Patton; O'Brien (Jenkins 75), Bates.

Warrenpoint: Parr, King, Dane (Lynch 60), McVeigh, Traynor; Boyle, Moan, McMenamin; McGuigan; Forde (Mulvenna 71), Murray (Croskery 71)

Ref: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)

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