Alan O'Sullivan opened the scoring for Warrenpoint (©INPHO/Philip Magowan)
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Warrenpoint Town and Dungannon Swifts collected a share of the spoils from this potentially crucial clash at the Q Radio Arena.
'Point might have seized the early advantage when, on ten minutes, Mark Griffin sprung the offside trap only to send a curling effort over while, not long after that, Robbie Norton saw a short comfortably collected by Niall Morgan.
The Swifts began to find their feet with Paul McElroy cutting inside to test Aaron McCarey while Seanan Clucas then saw a cross gathered by the keeper.
Dungannon moved in front on 31 minutes. A decent pass by Clucas from the left found Johnny Lafferty who promptly unleashed a stylish finish beyond the reach of the on form 'Point keeper.
But, just moments later, Warrenpoint levelled through Alan O'Sullivan after he made the most of mix up between Chris Hegarty and Ally Teggart to slide a low right-foot shot past Morgan from 12 yards.
Grant Hutchinson might have restored Dungannon's lead before the break after receiving a corner from Mark Patton only to crash the ball off the crossbar while, at the other end, Fra McCaffrey saw an effort tipped over by Morgan.
Moving into the second half Griffin produced a diving save from Morgan while McElroy's effort from distance fell wide of the target.
The visitors perhaps enjoyed the better opportunities later in the game with Ryan Harpur heading narrowly wide at the near post whilst Lafferty then headed just wide.
However, O'Sullivan might have sealed it for Warrenpoint with around ten minutes left only to send the ball wide from close range.
Warrenpoint Town: McCarey, Foster, Kelly, Griffin, McGrandles, O'Sullivan, McCaffrey, Watters, Scannell, Norton, Donnelly subs Hughes (replaced Griffin 70), J. Lynch (replaced Watters 82), M. Lynch (replaced Norton 71), Halfpenny (not used), Magowan (not used), Turker (not used)
Dungannon Swifts: Morgan, Dykes, Hegarty, Clucas, McMullan, McElroy, Teggart, Patton, Lowe, Hutchinson, Lafferty subs Moore (not used), Wilson (replaced Hutchinson 57), Armstrong (not used), Harpur (replaced McMullan 66), O'Rourke (not used), Burke (replaced Lafferty 80), Campbell (not used)
Referee: Tony Clarke