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Jeffrey fumes after Ballymena's set-piece struggles

Warrenpoint Town 3 Ballymena United 3

By Billy Weir

David Jeffrey has thrown down the gauntlet to his Jekyll and Hyde Ballymena United side after a defensive Halloween horror show on Saturday.

Three more goals were chalked up in the debit column, this time from basement battlers Warrenpoint Town, and but for Matthew Shevlin's last-gasp equaliser the mood around Warden Street would have even more nightmarish.

"The players know exactly how I feel; I feel let down, end of story," said Jeffrey.

"You look at it and ask 'why did you not do your job?' If you don't do your job correctly at set-pieces all of your work comes to nothing.

"Apart from the set-pieces, we actually played quite well, we played some decent football, particularly in the second-half in a really swirling wind, but all of that is forgotten about because we're in a results business.

"What makes or breaks you is critical key times, at set-pieces that's when you really need to be switched on and on three occasions we weren't."

Town skipper Stephen Moan had mixed emotions afterwards.

"It felt like a defeat because it was so late on, but definitely a point away from home as our form hasn't been great is a good stepping stone."

Ballymena Utd: Glendinning, Ervin, McCullough (Shevlin, 84 mins), Friars (Burns, 87 mins), Flynn, Millar, Thompson, McKinney (Faulkner, 46 mins), Friel, McMurray, McCloskey. Unused subs: Kane, McCaffrey.

Warrenpoint: Turker, Moan, McMenamin, Wallace, McGrandles, McKenna (Dane, 79 mins), Forde, TJ Murray, Davidson, D Murray, S Murray. Unused subs: Blayney, Mackle, M Murray, Lynch.

Man of the match: Lorcan Forde

Match rating: 8/10

Referee: Shane Andrews (Comber).

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