Sean Mackle levelled for Warrenpoint midway through the first half (©INPHO/Jonathan Porter)
Saturday, 17 March 2018
New Warrenpoint Town boss Stephen McDonnell masterminded his side to victory over Ballymena United at The Showgrounds despite falling behind early on.
Alan O'Sullivan squandered an opportunity to fire 'Point in front inside the opening ten minutes when he blazed over from close range whilst, five minutes later, Ross Glendinning had to rush off his line to snuff out Lorcan Forde's touch.
Ballymena gained the upper hand on 19 minutes through Jonathan McMurray's close range header from a Steven McCullough cross.
And the Sky Blues might have doubled their lead on 25 minutes only for Tony Kane to fail to see his spot-kick saved by Johnny Parr, the 'keeper diving correctly to the right.
'Point levelled just after the half-hour mark with the second penalty of the game, awarded after Johnny Flynn had upended O'Sullivan with Sean Mackle successfully converting into the top corner.
Then, five minutes from the break, Anto Reilly headed the visitors in front with a header from inside the box after connecting with a corner.
The visitors made sure of the points nine minutes into the second half when O'Sullivan headed home at the back post.
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Ballymena United: Glendinning, Kane, McCloskey, Faulkner, Burns, Balmer, Ervin, McCullough, Millar, McMurray, Quigley subs Flynn (replaced Burns 13), Weir (not used), Shevlin (replaced McCloskey 66), McCaffrey (replaced Faulkner 82), McKinney (not used)
Warrenpoint Town: Parr, McGrandles, Reilly, McKenna, Dane, Wallace, Lynch, Watters, Forde, Mackle, O'Sullivan subs Türker (not used), Foster (replaced Watters 66), Moan (replaced McKenna 73), Roohi (not used), McMenamin (replaced Forde 73)
Referee: Raymond Crangle