W’point T 7 B’mallard U 0
It may be Daniel Hughes that is going on trial at Bolton Wanderers and while he got a goal, it was his brother Stephen who helped WArrenpoint to a crushing win with a hat-trick to boot at Milltown last night.
Warrenpoint opened the scoring a minute before the quarter hour when Daniel Hughes’ free-kick hit the Mallards wall and fell to Liam Bagnall just outside the area and the midfielder rifled the ball into the roof of the net past a helpless Fergal Murphy from 20 yards.
Mark Hughes shot just wide a minute later but it took just four more minutes for the hosts to double their advantage.
Stephen Hughes made the break to the edge of the box before John McGuigan and full debutant Conor McDonald played a one-two and the McGuigan lashed home from the right hand side of the area for his first goal for his new side.
After Mark Hughes had seen another shot cleared off the line by Ballinamallard captain Mark Stafford on 28 minutes, Warrenpoint made it 3-0 less than a minute later.
This time, it was Warrenpoint’s creator-in-chief Stephen Hughes who got his name on the scoresheet. Picking the ball up inside the area on the left hand side, the diminutive playmaker cut inside onto his right foot and slotted past Murphy.
Bolton-bound Daniel Hughes got his goal on 52 minutes as he superbly spun Leon Carters on the halfway line to race clear and keep his composure and fire past Murphy from inside the area to make it 4-0. Hughes was then promptly substituted ahead of his four-day trial with the Trotters that begins on Monday.
The third Hughes brother, Mark, almost got his name on the scoresheet but Murphy was equal to his shot and Warrenpoint sub Darren Forsyth headed the rebound wide. Murphy was then forced into action once again was produced a superb save, low to his right to deny the impressive McGuigan, this time from a 30-yard drive before the keeper kept out Stephen Hughes’ stinging 18-yard effort on 67.
Four became five with 16 minutes remaining when Liam Bagnall went through and although his shot went wide of Murphy, Stephen Hughes was on hand to sidefoot into the empty net for his second of the game. Hughes then deservedly completed his hat-trick with seven minutes remaining when he flicked home a corner and then Darren Forsyth curled home his first goal for the club on 87 minutes.
Warrenpoint Town: Parr, McDonald, McVeigh, D Hughes (Forsyth 54), S Hughes, Bagnall, M Hughes, Moan (Cowan 44), McGuigan (Grant 68), Boyle, Devlin
Subs not used: King, O’Connor, Grant
Ballinamallard United: Murphy, Crilly, Carters, Stafford, Kee, Hutchinson, McCartney, Currie (Beacom H-T), McKenna (Elding 65), Campbell, McLoughlin (Courtney H-T)
Subs not used: McCusker, Smith
Referee: Colin Burns (Newtownabbey)