Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray unhappy with point at Drumahoe

Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray
Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray

The faster the festive season draws to a close, the happier Barry Gray will be despite having extended his unbeaten run to four matches in Drumahoe.

And the basement side’s boss, who travelled with every intention of defeating Institute at the Riverside Stadium, was bitterly disappointed with Boxing Day’s overall display.

That said, both sides probably got the result they deserved as they struggled at both ends of the pitch.

And the share of the spoils has compounded their relegation difficulties as ‘Stute slipped down into second from bottom, just four points clear of their opponents in the Premier League’s basement position.

Having held Coleraine in their last game or a scoreless result, the Warrenpoint boss was again far from happy with yesterday’s performance, despite the fact that his side has now gone four games without defeat!

“I’m very disappointed that we didn’t produce the performance we had expected against Institute,” say Gray afterwards.

“Obviously, it’s nice to have gone four games unbeaten but I’m probably disappointed that we didn’t come away with more than one point against Institute.

“We travelled with every intention of winning the match, but we failed to produce the performance required,” he added.

“Yes, we had our scoring chances, but so had did Institute and, to be fair to them, they opened us up two or three times.

“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we can do and we certainly were not as clinical in the final third as we should have been.”

He agreed that Dungannon had emerged the big winners in the relegation battle with their victory over Ballinamallard, but he felt the Swifts had faced an easier option on the day.

“The fact are that we’ve managed to take another point following a long trip to the North-West and we must now move on, but I’m disappointed given the effort we had put in preparing for this game.

“We’ve now played back-to-back games where we have definitely under performed. We’ve been lethargic. Maybe it’s the holiday period, I don’t know. We may have switched off, but we can’t make any excuses and our level of performance must rise if we are to avoid relegation,” warned Gray.

Both sides struggled defensively, Warrenpoint conceding the opener due to poor marking when Johnny Hume was picked out by Declan McKeever’s cross in the 25th minute.

And the Co. Down side’s equaliser, in the 37th minute, followed a melee inside the ‘Stute penalty area following a corner before Stephen Hughes poke the ball home through a forest of legs.

Institute - Ferry; D. Curry, Scoltock, McLaughlin; McKeever, Crown, Forker (R. Doherty, 77), Walsh, S. Curry; Burke (McVeigh, 72); Hume.

Warrenpoint Town - Parr; Cowan, Boyle, McVeigh; King (Devlin, 58); M. Hughes, S. Hughes, Moan (Smith 65), Bagnall; O’Connor (Grant, 85), D. Hughes.

Referee - J. Deighan (Limavady).