Hughes clinches Warrenpoint win

Warrenpoint 2-1 Glenavon
Published Tuesday, 18 March 2014
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Two goals from Stephen Hughes gave Warrenpoint Town a crucial 2-1 win over Glenavon at Stangmore Park on Tuesday night.

Hughes clinches Warrenpoint win
Warrenpoint celebrate the crucial goal. (© Presseye)

Victory for Barry Gray's side sees them go eight points clear of bottom placed Ards.

Glenavon, who made sure of a top six finish after the split by beating Coleraine on Saturday, missed a chance to leapfrog Glentoran into fifth spot.

Tiarnan Mulvenna had an early chance for the Lurgan Blues but Parr produced a fine save to deny him.

Stephen Hughes opened the scoring on 14 minutes with a simple finish at the back post.

Minutes later Brian McCaul was unlucky not to bring the sides level, his dipping volley brilliantly kept out by the impressive Parr.

Glenavon kept pressing for the remainder of the first half but only had a half chance when Jordan Dane just failed to connect from close in.

Five minutes after the restart and Glenavon were rewarded as Brian McCaul scored his first goal since signing for Hamilton's side in January.

Guy Bates put the former Linfield midfielder clear and his firmly hit shot was too good for Parr and it was all square. However, Warrenpoint hit back and 15 minutes later they were ahead for a second time with Hughes again on target.

The visitors had a great chance to make it 2-2 when Andy McGrory combined with Bates to get in a shot, the ball hit off his own player McCaul and the post, much to the relief of the Town defence.

Gary Hamilton and Mark Patton came off the bench to add some bite to the attack but they could not find a way through and Town held on for a vital win.

Warrenpoint: Parr, King, Cowan, S. Hughes, D. Hughes, Bagnell, M. Hughes, Moan, McCabe, Smith. Subs: Grant, Cairns, Havern, McMullen.

Glenavon: McGrath, Shannon, Lindsay, Dane, Neill, McGrory, Kilmartin, Martyn, McCaul, Bates, Mulvenna. Subs: Patton, Rainey, Hamilton, Singleton, McCallion.

Referee: A. Davey.

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