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McDonnell urging Town to take inspiration from Glenavon win

 

By Adam McKendry

Warrenpoint Town manager Stephen McDonnell is calling on his players to give a big push in the second half of the season ahead of their Tennent's Irish Cup tie with Institute today.

McDonnell's charges have struggled recently with just one win in their last six, but the squad are full of optimism after their phenomenal performance in their 3-1 win at Glenavon last weekend that took them up to eighth in the table.

Now McDonnell insists he wants his side to go on a good run to start the new year.

"We want to get a cup run, we want to do really well in the second half of the season, which I feel we can," said McDonnell.

"We basically rolled over in the first six games of the season, so when you take those out of the equation we've done really well.

"We have 15 league games left, I hope we can get a few more results like the Glenavon game."

The Point boss has also revealed that he's hopeful new signings Lee Duffy, Jarad Thompson and Hernany Macedo Marques will all be available to make their debuts today.

"We hope they will, they're all signed and it's just a matter of international clearance coming through in time, which we should have," added McDonnell.

Elsewhere, Larne will fancy an upset as they try to emulate last season's last-four appearance when they take on Newry City, while there's an all-Championship tie at Ferney Park as Ballinamallard United take on PSNI, and Portadown are at home to Abbey Villa.

Loughgall host Crumlin Star, Knockbreda are at home to Strabane Athletic, Limavady United welcome Larne Tech OB to the Showgrounds and Dergview play host to Maiden City.

In the final game, Queen's University take on Lisburn Distillery.

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