Warrenpoint Town produced a big performance to seal what could well prove to be a massive win in their battle for Premiership survival as they ousted Glenavon at Stangmore Park in a frnatic encounter on Tuesday night.
Stephen Hughes was the hero Barry Gray’s men as his double, with a goal in either half saw off the challenge of the men from Mournveiw Park who had equalised through Brian McCaul’s strike just after the break.
Town took the lead on 14 minutes when Daniel Hughes’ persistence paid off on the edge of the area.
He charged down Kris Lindsay’s attempted clearance and with James McGrath out of his goal, Hughes slipped the ball across the six-yard box to his brother Stephen to sidefoot into the empty net.
The Lurgan Blues almost equalised in spectacular fashion on 17 minutes when Brian McCaul lashed in a brilliant dipping volley from 25 yards that looked to be sailing into the top corner only for Parr to leap to his left and pull off a stunning one handed save.
The visitors had two more gilt-edged chances draw level before the half hour and both fell to young centre-back Jordan Dane. Both came from Kyle Neill set-pieces, the first a free-kick and the second a corner, but both times Dane failed to get enough contact on his headers and they fell wide of the goal.
Gary Hamilton’s men did equalise five minutes after the restart with McCaul’s first goal for Glenavon this season. Guy Bates outmuscled Shaun Parr before sliding the ball through to McCaul 25 yards out. The midfielder moved forward before firing in a swerving shot that deceived Parr in the Warrenpoint goal to hit the net.
Warrenpoint got their second goal with a fine flowing move down the left. Mark Hughes broke clear and played a one-two with Smith before squaring to Stephen Hughes who sidefooted home from close range for his second of the match.
Warrenpoint Town: J Parr, King, M Hughes, Moan, Cowan, Bagnall, S Parr, Smith (Grant 75), S Hughes (Havern 84), D Hughes, McCabe Subs not used: Kearns, McMullan
Glenavon: McGrath, Shannon, Neill, Lindsay, Dane (McCallion 58), Kilmartin, Martyn, McGrory, Mulvenna (Hamilton 75), Bates, McCaul (Patton 82)Subs not used: Rainey, Singleton
Ref: Andrew Davey (Bangor)