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Warrenpoint Town will not go down without a fight, says Barry Gray as his side are cut 12 points adrift at bottom of Premiership


Barry Gray’s Warrenpoint Town are now 12 points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership

Barry Gray’s Warrenpoint Town are now 12 points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership


Barry Gray’s Warrenpoint Town are now 12 points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership

Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray knows his team is in deep trouble after yesterday’s defeat to Crusaders, but insists they will roll over for nobody in their remaining League games.

The hosts came to life late on after making changes as substitute Brandon Doyle opened the scoring on 81 minutes with a superb left-foot finish.

But Point rallied to hit the Crues with a sucker punch five minutes later when Ray O’Sullivan punished some lax defending with a headed finish from eight yards.

With manager Stephen Baxter suspended, Crues assistant boss Jeff Spiers urged his players forward in search of a winner late on and Philip Lowry converted a Ben Kennedy flick with a close-range finish on 89 minutes.

The victory leaves Crusaders six points behind third-placed Glentoran and five points ahead of Larne with just six games remaining in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Warrenpoint, however, prop the table up and now trail Portadown by 12 points with a game in hand after the Ports registered another win yesterday — and Gray knows his team are in a very perilous position.

“Mathematically, it’s not over,” said the Warrenpoint boss.

“We’re all very aware we are 12 points behind with a game in hand and games in hand are great if you win them.

“But the reality is we know it’s a gap. If you were sitting above us with that gap, you’d be very confident you wouldn’t end up in the relegation spot.

“We know where we are but we won’t roll over, guaranteed.

“We are the architects of our own downfall. We are where we are only because of what we did or didn’t do over the last 30 games.

“We’re not here to blame referees or opposition or anyone else, we are happy to take full responsibility for that.”

Crusaders were off colour until Doyle, Jordan Owens, Paul Heatley and debutant Joel Thompson entered the fray, something Spiers felt was necessary to get the win.

“We needed to change something because we couldn’t break them down,” said the former Linfield and Crusaders centre-half. “Young Joel made his debut and did really well, Brandon came on and scored a good goal and Jordan and Paul came on and changed the game.”

CRUSADERS: Tuffey 7, Burns 6, Hegarty 6, Weir 6, Lowry 7, Kennedy 6, Lecky 6 (Owens, 70 mins, 7), Forsythe 6, Clarke 6 (Heatley, 57 mins, 7), McMurray 6 (Doyle, 81 mins, 7), Barr 7(Thompson, 81 mins, 7). Unused subs: Shields, L Patterson, J Patterson.

WARRENPOINT TOWN: Mitchell 6, Ball 5, Hand 5 (Wixted, 87 mins, 5), Dillon 5, McCaffrey 6 (Moorhouse, 71 mins, 6), Gallagher 5, Wade-Slater 5, Hutchinson 6 (Leddy, 76 mins, 6), McKenna 6 (A O’Sullivan, 87 mins, 6),Byrne 6, R O’Sullivan 6. Unused subs: McMullan, Peers, Wilson.

Referee: Declan Hassan (Ballymoney) 7

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