Barry Gray wants to erase agony of late defeat

Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray
Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray

Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray declared his boys have an ideal opportunity to erase the agony of last week’s defeat when they entertain Chimney Corner in the fifth round of the Irish Cup tomorrow at Milltown.

Gray’s braves looked to be heading for a history-making victory over Linfield only to ship three goals in a madcap final five minutes.

“It was sickening; everybody was sickened as I thought we had done enough to win the game,” moaned Gray.

“We conceded the first and second goals from sloppy free-kicks and we never really came back from that.

“Basically, we switched off for the last 10 minutes and it cost us. But credit to the players. We were playing one of the best teams in the league and are very experienced.”

STRABANE Athletic hit new heights by featuring in the last 32 of the Irish Cup for the first time in the club’s history when they face Ballinamallard at Ferney Park.

The Intermediate League side’s boss, Martin Donnelly, is hoping it’s the first of a fairytale ride, stating: “This is a first for the town. We were playing on park pitches a few years back, now we are in the fifth round of the Irish Cup.”

LISBURN Distillery, still smouldering following their relegation to Championship One last season, have the chance of rubbing shoulders with the big guns again, but must first see off the threat of PSNI at Ballyskeagh.

“It will be a tough one,” said Whites boss Tommy Kincaid. “It could be a diffficult 90 minutes.”

BALLYCLARE Comrades boss Eddie Hill, who has been busy in the transfer window, is confident of surging into the sixth round draw when his team host Kilmore Rec at Dixon Park.

Hill said: We will be taking nothing for granted. It’s a big opportunity, but we’ll be looking no further than Kilmore.”

Ballymoney United manager John Fall didn’t get the ‘dream draw’ he craved, but it could still be on if his team can dismiss Banbridge Town at the Riada Stadium on Saturday.

Fall was hoping for one of the big guns after his team’s impressive 3-1 win over Newington in the fourth round.

“We showed what we are about with that victory,” he said. “We played Ballymena in the League Cup and I was hoping for something along those lines, but we still land a biggie if we can get past Banbridge.”