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League positions of no concern to high-flying Warrenpoint or basement battlers Carrick Rangers

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Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray

Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray

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Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray

Barry Gray refused to get excited by Warrenpoint Town's lofty position in the Premiership table after a second straight win propelled his side into the top half.

Goals from Alan O'Sullivan and Ryan Swan had put them in control against Carrick Rangers and when Kealan Dillon, who had provided the first two assists, scored the third midway through the second-half, it was effectively game over, although Lloyd Anderson scored an 84th minute consolation for the hosts in a much-too-late rally.

"A top half position is nice for the players and fans but at the minute it's about points," said Gray.

"We need to get better than teams in the bottom six and get wins against them, so it was pleasing to see that today and it's a massive three points for us.

"There are too many games ahead to take much notice of the table and for those of us at management level, we'll not be getting carried away."

Niall Currie said much the same despite Carrick slumping to the bottom of the league after a fifth defeat out of seven.

"I don't worry about our position," he insisted.

"It's only seven games in, we know it will be a relegation battle, we just don't want teams getting too far ahead. You're one game away from going up two or three places and we just have to concentrate on staying in touch. But we're capable of winning games."

Not on this "disappointing" display though, which began with the concession of a free header to O'Sullivan in the fourth minute.

It could have been much worse with three more gilt edge chances for Warrenpoint not taken in the first 20 minutes but they got the second goal they deserved two minutes before half-time with Swan shooting under the body of Aaron Hogg.

Another individual error handed the visitors the decisive third when Dillon rounded the keeper before scoring and it needed Anderson's deflected shot to give Carrick a flattering two-goal deficit.

Carrick: Hogg; Rodgers (Chapman, 60 mins), Surgenor, Loughran, Kelly, Glendinning, Gibson (Anderson 60, mins), Cherry, Colligan, McGreevy, Smith (Fearon, 64 mins). Unused subs: McKinty, Neale, Ferrin, Gordon.

Warrenpoint: Sava, Deasy, Peers (O'Connor, 78 mins), Wallace, Ball, McVeigh, Dillon, Hutchinson, McCaffrey, Swan, O'Sullivan. Unused subs: Coleman, Mullen, Knox, Carson, Quinn, Forsythe.

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

Man of the match: Kealan Dillon

Match rating: 6/10

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