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Glens draw as Europa play-off hopes go right down to wire

Glentoran 2-2 Warrenpoint Town

Drawing sting: Darren Murray celebrates the equaliser
Drawing sting: Darren Murray celebrates the equaliser

By Steve Jones

Glentoran's hopes of featuring in the Europa League play-offs are still alive after Darren Murray returned to haunt Warrenpoint Town.

Murray's 84th minute header - his fifth goal against Point this season - ensured the game finished 2-2 and it leaves the Glens just two points ahead of Institute with both sides battling it out at The Oval on Saturday in the final game of the campaign.

Mick McDermott's men can't afford to lose this weekend or they will wave farewell to a seventh place finish and the play-offs for a Europa League place.

A win last night would have secured that play-off spot but the Glens didn't do enough.

Skipper Marcus Kane tried his luck with a low effort from long range but the ball sailed just past the post. The home side failed to make the most of their set pieces and were made to pay in the 32nd minute when Warrenpoint stormed in front.

A Matthew Lynch corner wasn't cleared and central defender Simon Kelly stabbed the ball home from close range.

Long awaited drama arrived after the restart and it was 1-1 courtesy of John Herron's deflected strike in the 49th minute.

But three minutes later Town regained the lead from the penalty spot.

Stephen Moan was clipped by Kane and Philip Donnelly's spot-kick squeezed underneath keeper Elliott Morris.

On 84 minutes McDermott's Glens side dramatically levelled thanks to Murray's close range header.

Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Peers, Kerr (O'Neill 78), Birney, Herron, Pepper, Gordon, McDaid, Allen, Murray

Subs: O'Neill, McLaughlin, Smith, Garrett, McCarthy, McMahon, Gwiazda

Warrenpoint Town: Turker, Reilly, Moan, Kelly, McCaffrey, J Lynch, Scannell, M Lynch, Wallace, Donnelly, Marques. Subs: Byrne, McGrandles, O'Connor, Duffy, Young.

Referee: Steven Gregg.

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