Optimistic Whitey Anderson admits he is looking forward to the remainder of the Danske Bank Premiership after his side produced an excellent second half display only to be pegged back by Warrenpoint Town at Stangmore Park.
It was Warrenpoint who were much the better of the two teams in the first period with Darren King heading home the opener on 19 minutes.
However, the Mallards were an altogether different animal after the break and half-time sub Jason McCartney equalised five minutes into the second half before Stuart Hutchinson slotted home from 18 yards to put Mallards in front.
Hughes then snatched a point form the penalty spot after Cathal Beacom had handled a Stephen McCabe cross.
“Warrenpoint were very good and they took it to us early on and our boys couldn’t cope with it. We told the boys at half time that they weren’t playing well enough and I thought the second half was as good a 45 minutes as we have played this season,” beamed Anderson.
“ It was more like the way we played last season. We got the 2-1 lead and then I’m very disappointed that they got a penalty.”
Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray wasn’t overly annoyed at only gaining a point but admitted that his side could have been out of sight by the interval.
He said: “It was a must-win game for us and you could see in our performance that it was a must-win game. In the second half, we let them dictate play for too long and they were rewarded for it. That’s disappointing but we’ve worked hard. It’s a draw but we don’t like conceding goals the way we’ve conceded them today but it’s more for us about the missed opportunities in the first half than what happened in the second.”