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Connor thrilled with revitalised Stute's attitude and application

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Brace position: Joe McCready bagged a double
Brace position: Joe McCready bagged a double

By Steven Beacom

New Institute manager Sean Connor hailed the attitude and desire of his players after they collected their first league win of the season against fellow basement battlers Warrenpoint Town.

Joe McCready took advantage of terrible mistakes from Evan Moran and Danny Wallace to net a quickfire early double and, while Warrenpoint skipper Wallace pulled one back, the industrious Aidan McCauley restored Institute's two goal cushion before the break.

"I was very happy with the result and performance," said Connor.

"I knew both teams would be desperate for a win and I wanted a really high tempo display that put them on pressure and we delivered that.

"I have tried to create an environment where our players can flourish and in doing that I've told them what I want and what I expect and they have bought into that.

"They have shown hard work, discipline and kept to the basic principles that I wanted. They just needed leadership and direction."

There were rumblings of discontent amongst Warrenpoint fans after another disappointing loss. Chairman Connaire McGreevy stated post-match there would be no knee jerk reactions but it is understood discussions will take place today about the manager's future.

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"I believe we can turn this around," said Stephen McDonnell, who is keeping the faith.

"We are not a million miles behind other teams and have plenty of time to turn it around."

WARRENPOINT: Moran, White (Mullen, 53 mins), Bennett (Doyle, 68 mins), Reilly, O'Sullivan, Forde (Prendergast, 46 mins), Lynch, Watters, Scannell, Wallace, Donnelly. Unused subs: Turker, Doyle, McCann.

INSTITUTE: Wells, Bonner, Curry, Grace, Tourish, McCready (McLaughlin, 85 mins), McCauley, Crown, McNamee (McIntyre, 82 mins), Burke (G Brown, 60 mins), McGurk. Unused subs: R Brown, Curry, Scoltock.

Referee: Jamie Robinson (Portadown)

Man of the match: Joe McCready

Match rating: 6/10

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