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Ards must do better: Currie

By Keith Bailie

Ards 1 Warrenpoint Town 2: Ards boss Niall Currie has warned his players that they must do better if they are to hold on to their place in the team.

After their 2-1 defeat to fellow Premiership new boys Warrenpoint Town on Friday night, Currie blasted his team.

"We had four wonderful chances in the first half and yet we still only came in 1-0 up. We didn't come out in the second-half. We didn't play. We allowed them to come at us and press us.

"In the first-half we played some great stuff, but there is no point in just playing for 45 minutes. Sometimes you reap what you sow, and we've only ourselves to blame.

"The good thing is we have plenty of options and we're going to have to look them, because that defeat wasn't good enough."

Ards took the lead in the 33rd minute thanks to goal from former Dundela midfielder William Faulkner. Faulkner raced through on goal, after a tidy through ball from Paul McDowell.

That goal was cancelled out by a stunning 74th minute effort from Daniel Hughes. The forward's turn and 25-yard strike gave Ards' goalkeeper Graeme McKibbin no chance.

Warrenpoint took the lead in 82nd minute when former Newry City man Ruairi Devlin cut in from the right flank before firing the ball past McKibbin, to the delight of the travelling support and Town boss Barry Gray.

"We had a very poor first-half and a very pleasing second-half, but the key thing is we got three points on the board, which is exactly what we were aiming for," he said.

"Ards sat back which allowed us to take advantage. We're delighted with the performance and we're delighted to get three points on the board."

The 2-1 victory gives Warrenpoint an invaluable three points in their first senior victory.

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