Warrenpoint Town 1 Ballymena United 2
Warrenpoint Town’s revival has proved to be short lived.
After ending their 12-match losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Carrick Rangers on Saturday, Barry Gray’s team were beaten yet again.
Goals from Kenny Kane and Paul McElroy, either side of Luke Wade-Slater’s equaliser, gave Ballymena United a 2-1 win at Milltown, but it could have been so different as poor defending and a lack of a cutting edge proved costly and Gray will feel that at least one point was there for the taking.
After plenty of positive play but little creativity in the final third, Warrenpoint contributed to their own downfall when they went behind after 19 minutes. The defence switched off entirely at a corner and Kane was completely unchallenged as he headed Andy McGrory’s delivery into the net.
As they pressed for an equaliser Point put together a great move, flowing from the back, into midfield and out to Stephen Ball on the left, but there was nobody in the box to meet his cross.
Warrenpoint again showed how they can play when they equalised after 33 minutes.
Ball played a one-two with Thomas Maguire and when the former whipped a cross into the box, Wade-Slater got high off the ground to head home unmarked.
More poor defending cost Point what turned out to be the winner three minutes before half-time.
Jonathan Leddy was brushed off far too easily by McElroy as he latched onto Jude Winchester’s excellently clipped ball forward and then picked his spot in the far bottom corner.
Point had a sustained spell of pressure early in the second half and a few sniffs around goal. Alan O’Sullivan’s wayward shot from a corner was as close as they came to equalising and as the clock ticked down, a series of high balls into the box came to nothing.
WARRENPOINT TOWN: Mitchell, Deasy, Ball, Peers, Dillon, O’Sullivan, Gallagher, Wade-Slater, Maguire (Moorhouse 72), Hutchinson, Leddy.
Subs not used: Coleman, McVeigh, Mullen, Masterson, Peat, Shotayo.
BALLYMENA UNITED: Williamson, Wilson, Winchester, McElroy, Waide (Bramall 72), McCullough, Kane, Barr, McGrory (Chapman 81), Keeley, Millar. Subs not used: Johnston, Henderson, Redman, Smith, Beattie.
Referee: Ben McMaster
Man of the match: Jude WInchester
Match rating: 6/10