Warrenpoint Town created history with a sensational late comeback against Premiership new boys Ards on Friday night.
Barry Gray’s side were 1-0 down for much of the match after Ards midfielder William Faulkner scored in the 33rd minute after latching onto a through ball from Paul McDowell.
But Town refused to give in with Daniel Hughes scoring an outrageous equaliser in the 74th minute before Ruairi Devlin bagged the winner with eight minutes left.
Despite Hughes and Devlin impressing on the night, it was goalkeeper Johnny Parr who was the star man.
Parr made a string of smart saves, but his 76th minute stop form Ben Roy is an early contender for save of the season.
“Johnny made two brilliant save at two crucial points in the game,” Gray said.
“We were very fortunate to be only 1-0 down at half time, but we’ve a lot thank our goalkeeper for. If it wasn’t for him we could have come in two or three goals behind.
“I just hope that Johnny doesn’t have to make saves like that game in, game out.”
Reflecting on their first ever Premiership win, Gray added: “We had a very poor first half and a very pleasing second half, but the key thing is we got three points on the board, which is exactly what we were aiming for.
“We were determined to come away with something from the game. At 70 minutes I probably would have taken the draw, but once we got the goal we knew had a good chance of winning the game.
“Ards sat back which allowed us to take advantage. We’re delighted with the performance and we’re delighted to get three points on the board.”
Ards manager Niall Currie was less than impressed with his side’s performance.
“We had four wonderful chances in the first half and yet we still only came in 1-0 up,” he lamented.
“We didn’t come out in the second half. We didn’t play. We allowed them to come at us and press us.
“In the first half we played some great stuff, but there is no point in just playing for 45 minutes.
“Sometimes you reap what you sow, and we’ve only ourselves to blame. We missed chances and we conceded poor goals and if you do that then you will get punished.
“We made changes and the made no difference. If players want to hump about being left out, they can go and hump somewhere else. If you want to stick two fingers up at me, then the best place to prove me wrong is on the football pitch.”