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Doherty challenges Stute to keep hitting targets

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Institute interim boss Kevin Doherty
Institute interim boss Kevin Doherty

By Colin Speer

Institute interim boss Kevin Doherty has set his players targets and doesn't expect them to start thinking about their summer holidays.

For the second game running, a late goal - this time from Joe McCready - sealed all three points and Doherty admitted that determination is pleasing to see.

"We've set them targets and we look forward to Dungannon next week now," he said.

"We've another three points towards our target. I've told them right from day one that they have to improve every day. I want to keep moving up.

"I'm ambitious and I want the club to keep moving up the table and reach as high a place as we can and then take it from there, so it was a good start today."

Not for the first time since his appointment, Doherty had to change his side and give young players a chance and, once again, they didn't let him down.

Young midfielder Eamon McLaughlin came off the bench to set-up McCready's winning goal - which came shortly after Lee Duffy had cancelled out Paul Smith's opener -with a super through ball, much to Doherty's delight.

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"It was tough for me to pick the team," he added.

"Yes, we had a few suspensions, but everybody was champing at the bit, so I was delighted that Eamon has come off the bench and done that and I'm happy that Joe has got his goal, so it was a good day."

Warrenpoint manager Stephen McDonnell was brutally honest about his side's terrible performance at sun-soaked Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

"We were c**p - that's it," he fumed. "Institute were the better team and we were atrocious. It's the worst performance that we've put in in my three years involved with the club

"We had one good player on the pitch in James Magowan at 18 years of age, the rest of them were non-existent.

"A few of them have thrown the towel in. There will be a few of them moving on and a few of them staying, but if I was an opposition manager sitting in the stand and trying to pick a player to sign from us, I wouldn't take any of them."

INSTITUTE: Gallagher, C McLaughlin, Curry, Dunne, Morrow (E McLaughlin, 87 mins), Jarvis, McIntyre (Moorehead, 76 mins), Wilson, McCready, Smith (Brown, 69 mins), McBride.

Warrenpoint: Byrne, Foster, Reilly, McCaffrey, Lynch (McGrandles, 20 mins), Scannell (Duffy, 65 mins), O'Connor, Wallace, Donnelly, Macedo Marques (Hughes, 46 mins), Magowan.

Referee: Shane Andrews (Comber).

Man of the match: Jake Morrow

Match rating: 6/10

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