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Warrenpoint Town have their sights firmly set on making more history

 

New goal: Stephen McDonnell
New goal: Stephen McDonnell

By Steven Beacom

Warrenpoint Town manager Stephen McDonnell will go to The Oval tonight intent on winning for the first time against Glentoran this term and improving what has been a record-breaking league season for his club.

An extraordinary 5-3 home victory over Dungannon Swifts on Saturday took Town to 37 points - the most they have ever achieved in the top flight.

In 10th place at the moment, Warrenpoint's aim is to finish a best-ever ninth, meaning they have to leapfrog the Stangmore Park men in the week ahead.

The only sides Warrenpoint have failed to beat this season are Linfield, Crusaders and the Glens, which gives them plenty of incentive too.

"We'll be looking for a win and a good performance against Glentoran," said McDonnell.

"We have 37 points which is our highest Premiership tally ever, and our highest league finish has been 10th so we still have things to play for.

"Our target is ninth but to do that we need positive results in our last two matches."

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While comfortably staying up, which was the aim at the start of the campaign, and reaching an Irish Cup semi-final and Mid-Ulster Cup final, McDonnell has been concerned by the number of goals conceded by his side - 76 in the league, which is considerably more than everyone else.

On loan goalkeeper Jared Thompson will return to Chelsea at the end of the season, while talented attack minded full-backs Seanna Foster and Eamon Scannell will also be on their way. Foster is joining Cliftonville, while Scannell is set to go back to Linfield following his loan spell.

"We concede soft goals and that is why we have the worst defensive record in the league. I'll have to rectify that," said McDonnell.

"We won't be as hectic with transfers as last summer. There won't be as big a turnover. We will be keeping 75 per cent of the current squad.

"It will be a tougher division next season and we have to prepare for that."

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