Portadown 0 Warrenpoint Town 1
Paul Doolin sent out a strong message after the final whistle that doomed Portadown to a 1-0 defeat by Warrenpoint Town, which was greeted by a chorus of boos from the home fans.
After taking 10 points from four games in a sequence that started with a 1-0 win over Point in late February the Ports barely laid a glove on their fellow relegation strugglers and a first-half penalty from Kealan Dillon was enough to win the game. The Shamrock Park men were given a painful reality check and are still trying to claw their way to safety – which is now four points away after Carrick defeated Dungannon Swifts.
“Anyone who thinks our team should be wiping the floor with Warrenpoint Town needs their head examined because even though we went into the game 12 points ahead of them we are still second from bottom,” said Doolin.
“We’re not that good – and I don’t mind saying that.
“We’re not that good, but we have done brilliantly well to give ourselves the opportunity to get to where we are.
“We have a nine-point lead, there are 12 points left, in my maths – and I am not a mathematician – anything can happen from here.
“There is no magic wand and this will go down to the last game, I think.”
Warrenpoint are still alive, but have only four games in which to overturn that significat nine-point gap.
Whatever happens first-team coach John Gill is optimistic for the future.
“I think we have a good group here and if we do happen to go down – which is probably more than likely going to happen – we have the nucleus of a good team here that can hopefully bounce back,” he said.
PORTADOWN Barr, Hall, McNally, Beverland, Ruddy, Stedman (Chatee 75), Teggart, Tipton (Mashigo 20), Conaty, Anderson (Dupree 65), Salley.
Unused subs: Burns, McCallum, Smith, Doherty.
WARRENPOINT TOWN: Mitchell, R O’Sullivan, Hand, Byrne, Leddy, Ball, Wade Slater, Dillon, McKenna, Wixted (McCaaffrey 75), O’Connor (Wilson 64)
Unused subs: McMullan, Peers, A O’Sullivan, Gallagher, Moorhouse.
Referee: Christopher Morrison (Belfast).
Man of the match: Kealan Dillon
Match rating 4/10