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Warrenpoint Town staring at trap door after Dungannon Swifts hammering

Dungannon Swifts 5-1 Warrenpoint

By Adrian Rutherford

Barry Gray admits relegation is staring Warrenpoint in the face after they slumped to a heavy defeat in the battle of the league's bottom two.

We're not even at the midway point of the campaign but already Town look doomed.

This loss at Stangmore Park - and it was every bit as emphatic as the score suggests - leaves them seven points adrift.

An angry Gray admits it is hard to see a way out.

"This was a big fixture for us because we didn't want a gap opening up above us," he said.

"But we leave today with a seven point gap to claw back and it has relegation written all over it."

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Daniel Hughes had given Warrenpoint a third minute lead. But that was about as good as it got for them.

Goals from Paul McElroy and Andrew Mitchell saw Dungannon turn it around with less than a quarter of an hour played.

McElroy made it 3-1 with the goal of the match - a stylish strike from distance.

Mitchell drove home the fourth early in the second half.

Cormac Burke then completed the scoring with his first for the club.

"For the first two minutes we were brilliant - the other 88 minutes we were completely anonymous," conceded Gray.

"That is not all down to Warrenpoint being poor.

"Full credit to Dungannon - they were hungry for it and they worked really hard for it today. I thought they were really good."

This was the lowest ebb in a miserable season for Warrenpoint.

They have now lost their last 12 in the league.

Asked if they could turn it around, Gray added: "Given our form we'll not make up one point, never mind seven."

DGN SWIFTS: Coleman, Montgomery, Armstrong, Burns (Fitzpatrick, 67), McCaffrey, Wilson (Harpur, 56), Lowe, Teggart, Burke, McElroy, Mitchell (Douglas, 79)

Subs not used: Liggett, Addis

WARRENPOINT TOWN: Shanahan, M Hughes, King (Moan, 66), Donnelly, Kierans, McCabe, McDonald, Dane (McVeigh, 67), Boyle, Bagnall, D Hughes

Subs not used: Clarke, S Hughes, Murray

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

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