Sean Donnelly (33)

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Daniel Kelly (17)

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Conor McDonald and Aaron Harmon in action at Milltown (Picture: Freddie Parkinson/PressEye.com)

HONOURS EVEN AFTER MILLTOWN MEETING OF BOTTOM TWO

In the end the bottom two had to settle for a share of the spoils from this Boxing Day encounter at Milltown, as Carrick Rangers maintained their nine point advantage over their hosts.

Daniel Kelly opened the scoring for visitors Rangers just after a quarter-of-an-hour had elapsed when Daniel Kelly met a Miguel Chines corner to beat Johnny Parr with a header.

However, Warrenpoint levelled just after the half-hour when Sean Donnelly pounced on the loose ball after Brian Neeson had spilled a Daniel Hughes shot.

Not long after the break Stephen Murray's curling right-foot effort was well turned away by Neeson before the visiting 'keeper was called into action again to thwart a 16-yard Daniel Hughes volley.

Neeson continued to keep the scores level with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when stopped a low Mark Hughes drive while, at the other end, Kyle Cherry fired just wide of an upright with eight minutes remaining.

'Point almost snatched a late winner when Daniel Hughes came close again and Carrick's Brian McCaul turned the ball onto his own crossbar while clearing a Matthew Rooney cross.

Warrenpoint Town: Parr, McDonald, M. Hughes, Moan, Donnelly, McVeigh, Smith, D. Hughes, Murray, Bagnall, Boyle subs McGuigan (replaced Smith 65), Rooney (replaced Donnelly 82), Clarke (not used), Kierans (not used), Dane (not used)

Carrick Rangers: Neeson, Traynor, Surgenor, Kelly, Harmon, Cherry, Chines, Roy, Johnston, McCaul, Taggart subs McNeill (replaced Cherry 89), Kane (not used), Browne (replaced Chines 86), Mackie (replaced Roy 85), Doyle (not used)

Referee: Steven Gregg

Attendance: 130