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McCaffrey is targeting Town points record

Newry City 0-2 Warrenpoint Town

Aiming high: Warrenpoint skipper Fra McCaffrey
Aiming high: Warrenpoint skipper Fra McCaffrey

By Gareth McCullough

Warrenpoint Town are on course to smash their club record Premiership points total in Stephen McDonnell's first full season in charge - and midfielder Fra McCaffrey says that's one of the aims for the Milltown men before the end of the campaign.

Town currently sit on 28 points following Saturday's comfortable 'Mourne Ultimatum' derby win away to struggling Newry City and they only need nine points from their remaining 12 league matches to break their own record.

That came back in the club's first ever season in the top flight back in 2013-14 when Barry Gray's outfit hit 36 points for the 38 games and stayed up. But the 2018-19 version of Warrenpoint Town has begun the New Year in superb form, with four wins from five games in all competitions to move into eighth and just behind Institute, who currently occupy the final European play-off position.

"We're playing well at the minute. We're keeping the ball well and we're picking up points and catching Institute. I think now, with 12 games to go, we have a great chance to better the club record so that's the plan now. We're not safe yet, but that's the plan and to beat that points total," said former Ballymena and Glentoran midfielder McCaffrey.

The goals on Saturday came from new signing Lee Duffy, who hit his fourth in as many games since joining from Drogheda United in January, while Alan O'Sullivan hit the second in a dominant display.

McCaffrey admitted the motivation came from their own disappointment at how they performed on Boxing Day when Newry dominated that day in a 2-2 draw as Warrenpoint got out of jail with a Deane Watters equaliser in stoppage time.

"It was a good performance," said McCaffrey of Saturday's win.

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"We had to dominate and we changed the way we play. We usually try to pass it but with the conditions we had to change it up and go a bit more direct and it paid off.

"It was pretty dominant from start to finish," said the skipper who won't be taking Premier Intermediate League side Queen's lightly this weekend, when the students come to South Down for the Irish Cup last 16 clash.

"Everyone will expect us to go and win, but it's the Irish Cup and anything can happen. We have to play the way we played today, be focused and we can't take anything for granted."

NEWRY: Coleman, King, Healy, Noonan, Boyle, McCann, Montgomery (S Hughes, 60 mins), Walker (Teggart, 75 mins), Carville, Pender (McCabe, 60 mins), M Hughes. Unused subs: Hunter, Mooney, Moody, Rushe.

Warrenpoint: Thompson, Moan, Scannell, Reilly, Wallace, McCaffrey, M Lynch, O'Connor (Watters, 69 mins), Donnelly (Kelly, 77 mins), O'Sullivan, Duffy (Foster, 75 mins). Unused subs: Turker, Griffin, McGrandles, J Lynch

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