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O'Sullivan's uni challenge can lift Warrenpoint spirits in Cliftonville test

 

On form: Alan O’Sullivan is aiming to get among goals
On form: Alan O’Sullivan is aiming to get among goals

By Steven Beacom

Warrenpoint Town striker Alan O'Sullivan is still full of confidence despite his side's poor start to the season.

O'Sullivan puts his self-belief down to captaining Team Ireland at the World University Games in Italy in the summer.

Today he will aim to pass a massive examination at home to Cliftonville with first class honours. It would not be the first time.

Last season Warrenpoint lost their opening six league games. The club's campaign was transformed when O'Sullivan scored a dynamic double to earn his side a crucial 2-1 victory over the Solitude Reds.

From there Stephen McDonnell's men never looked back. They eased out of relegation worries and reached the Irish Cup semi-finals and Mid-Ulster Cup decider.

This term Town have suffered three league defeats out of three, conceding 12 goals. They have yet to find the net in the Danske Bank Premiership and on Tuesday night were knocked out of the Bet McLean League Cup by Championship outfit H&W Welders.

McDonnell will be demanding better from his players and hoping that a big performance and victory against Cliftonville could kick start their season.

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Reflecting on his experience at the World University Games, O'Sullivan said: "Scoring a few goals was something I was very proud of. It has filled me with confidence that I can hopefully bring to Warrenpoint this season."

Cliftonville can feel reasonably happy with what they have achieved - seven points from four games with the only blemish a defeat at home to north Belfast rivals Crusaders.

Both Reds boss Paddy McLaughlin and counterpart McDonnell like their sides to play attractive football so a compelling contest is in prospect.

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