IRISH CUP: Warrenpoint Town boss Tipton’s total focus now on promotion after Dungannon Swifts defeat

Celebration time in extra-time for Dungannon Swifts against Warrenpoint Town. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Celebration time in extra-time for Dungannon Swifts against Warrenpoint Town. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Matthew Tipton has urged his Warrenpoint players to dust themselves down and focus on securing promotion to the Danske Bank Premiership.

The Championship leaders were narrowly beaten in this Irish Cup quarter-final tie 2-1 after extra-time.

But for Tipton cup glory was never the priority this season. He wants to ensure the Co Down side are back among the elite next season, and says that has to be the aim now.

“At the beginning of the season our target was to make sure that we won the league,” he said.

“We’re on course to do that and I’ve told the players that this is now put to bed.

“Everything we got from the Irish Cup this season was a bonus, and it shows the level - if we do get promoted - that we need to work towards.”

Dungannon will play Linfield in the semi-finals on April 1.

Head coach Rodney McAree admitted Warrenpoint had been tough opposition.

“It was hard work, we always knew it would be,” he said.

“Over the course of the 120 minutes I thought we probably deserved it and were the better side.”

“Warrenpoint deserve great credit to come here and perform the way they did.”

DGN SWIFTS: Coleman, Lowe, Hegarty, Armstrong, O’Rourke, Wilson, Glackin, Teggart (Harpur, 63), Burke (Lavery, 70), McMahon (McElroy, 55), Mitchell

Subs not used: Addis, Fitzpatrick

WARRENPOINT: Parr, King, McVeigh, McGuigan, Traynor, Lynch, Dane, Bagnall, Moan, Croskery (Murray, 63), McMenamin (Forde, 81)

Subs not used: Dempster, McKenna, Maguire

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)