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Struggling Warrenpoint Town turn to starlet O'Connor

By Stuart McKinley

Warrenpoint Town will hand a debut to teenage striker Ciaran O'Connor as they look for their first league points of the season tonight.

Only last week the 18-year-old signed a new contract with Dundalk that runs until the end of next year and he has been immediately loaned out to Barry Gray's men.

O'Connor is expected to be thrown straight into the action when Warrenpoint take on Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park this evening.

"Hopefully all goes well with my loan move and I come back bigger, better and stronger," said O'Connor.

"The gaffer said this loan move will be the best idea for me, so I am delighted to get the move and knowing that I have games over the weekend is going to be great for me.

"When I come back next year, at least I can say I am an experienced player."

Meanwhile, Coleraine have rushed through a deal for Institute midfielder Darren McCauley in time to face Crusaders tonight.

He has signed a one-year contract to begin a second spell with the Bannsiders.

"Everything happened very quickly," said Coleraine boss Oran Kearney.

"I was made aware on Sunday night that Darren wanted to leave Institute. We went through all the proper channels, I spoke with Paul Kee yesterday morning before speaking to Darren in the afternoon.

"He's ready for a fresh start and feels he has unfinished business with us and I'm delighted to welcome him back."

Going the other way is goalkeeper Eugene Ferry, in a loan deal that sees him swap places with Michael Doherty.

Ferry will be in the line-up to face Ballymena United at the Showgrounds this evening.

Glenavon will begin life without Guy Bates when they take on Ballinamallard United at Mourneview Park tonight.

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton still has Kevin Braniff, Eoin Bradley and himself to deliver the goals after opting not to chase a replacement for Bates.

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