Fay banking on ‘home’ boost

Warrenpoint's Stephen Hughes'celebrates after scoring
Warrenpoint's Stephen Hughes'celebrates after scoring

Warrenpoint Town assistant boss Harry Fay is hoping home advantage could play a decisive role in his side’s quest to stay in the Premiership.

They moved to within a point of safety after claiming a big win at Stangmore Park – their temporary base for most of the season.

Now the Co Down side will make a long-awaited return to Milltown for the final run-in, having played just a handful of games on their own ground since promotion.

They end the season with three successive home fixtures, including a potentially pivotal last-day showdown against nearest rivals Ballinamallard.

And Fay is banking on home advantage playing a big role in their battle for survival.

“The big thing is we have our last three games at Milltown,” he said.

“We’ve only played three times at home. We’ve been on the road all season and it is very difficult when you’re playing 95% of your games away from home.

“We still have to go out and do it. We need performances like today. Can we get them? That’s the question we have asked the players.”

Warrenpoint were ahead after nine minutes when Stephen Hughes’ effort slipped past Dungannon goalkeeper Berraat Turker.

Marty Havern doubled the lead before Daniel Hughes made it 3-0 on the half-hour. Stephen Moan completed the rout in the second half.

For Dungannon, who still need points to guarantee survival, it was a depressing day.

Swifts boss Darren Murphy said it ranked among his worst days in football.

“The thing which hurts the most is that Harry Fay said to me afterwards that his team wanted it more than us,” he said.

“It’s a game of football – my team should want it every bit as much as Harry’s. But he is 100% right in his assessment.

“I’d say it is as disappointed as I’ve been in 21 years in football.”