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Points all that matter for relieved Warrenpoint Town manager Gray

Institute 0 Warrenpoint Town 1

Net gains: Eamon Scannell hit the winner for Warrenpoint
Net gains: Eamon Scannell hit the winner for Warrenpoint

By Colin Speer

Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray admitted his side were second best against Institute but the 'massive' three points were all that mattered.

First-half substitute Eamon Scannell, who replaced injured Anto Reilly just before the break, was the match-winner just after the hour as he fired home with the visitors' only shot.

It was their first away win of the season and moved them within a point of Institute.

"The result is massive, but the performance was far off it. Getting the win in games like these ones are all that really matters," insisted Gray. "We can't take anything away from Institute because they enjoyed the best of it and created the better chances, but haven't put any away.

"It's our first clean sheet, our first away win and three points that are very welcome."

Gray agreed his side were perhaps due a bit of luck after some recently impressive performances that didn't turn into points.

"We've had some decent performances in games where I suppose there was no pressure, whereas today that was there for both sides to try and do the impossible," said the former Cliftonville boss. "There will be a lot more twists and turns, but for now it's about this result."

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Institute assistant manager Sean Friars cut a frustrated figure afterwards. He said: "Football is crazy and cruel at times. We're sitting in the changing room trying to take the positives, which are plain and simple - we dominated the game from the first whistle to the last.

"Our performance levels are there. We're doing enough to win games, but I feel we need a bit of luck."

INSTITUTE: Brown, Crown, Tourish, Curry, C McLaughlin, Bradley, McCauley, Tweed (McNamee, 21 mins), B McLaughlin (McIntyre, 75 mins), Burke, McCready (McGurk, 79 mins).

WARRENPOINT TOWN: Byrne, Reilly (Scannell, 45 mins), Bennett, Wallace, Mullen, Watters, McVeigh, Cowan, Forde (Smith, 84 mins), Doyle, O'Sullivan.

Referee: Shane Andrews (Comber)

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