Warrenpoint Town manager Stephen McDonnell was relieved after his side’s win over Ards

Warrenpoint's Alan O'Sullivan scores against Ards
Warrenpoint's Alan O'Sullivan scores against Ards

Warrenpoint Town manager Stephen McDonnell was delighted with Saturday’s dramatic win against Ards in the Danske Bank Premiership.

McDonnell’s side looked to heading towards a scoreless draw before Alan O’Sullivan grabbed the winner in the 91st minute.

The victory means Town have now gone five games in the league undefeated, jumping to ninth in the league standings.

It’s not the first time this season that Warrenpoint have scored a winner at the very death and McDonnell says he was pleased by the way his side fought to the final whistle.

“Do we ever know that we are beat? It’s not Fergie time anymore, it’s McDonnell time,” he smiled after his side’s late, late show.

“We lost a few games in the first six weeks and that hurt us but it galvanised us as well.

“Last year we had seven points after 11 games and this year we have 11 points after 11 games so that is pleasing.

“We are just taking it one game at a time and looking to pick-up as many points as we can.”

“It was very pleasing to get the win. It was a frustrating game because we weren’t really at it and it was a case of the last pass or the last touch letting us down.

“We had some good chances but we didn’t take those chances.

“I thought Ards started the game very well and for the first 20 minutes we were out on our feet.

“But I’m pleased to get those three points because it was a huge incentive to get those points.

“We are mid-table now, a few points clear of the teams at the bottom and we want to keep it that way.

“We need to start putting distance between ourselves and the bottom two if we want to stay in this league.”

And McDonnell was pleased with the input of Ciaran O’Connor and goal scorer O’Sullivan.

“O’Connor is a strong boy and a great dribbler with the ball.

“The run he went on to set up the goal was magical and that was O’Sullivan’s fourth of the season.

“All our players up-front have all been chipping away and are getting among the goals.”

Meanwhile, Ards manager Colin Nixon was gutted after watching his side concede another late goal.

“I feel sorry for the back five because if we don’t keep a clean sheet it doesn’t look as if we are going to get anything out of a game at the minute.

“It is really disappointi ng but I don’t think we are playing a good brand of football at the minute. I’m just disappointed to have come away with nothing again.

“I still don’t think we deserved to lose the game. It was the same as the Institute game when anyone watching would have thought we deserved at least a draw.

“Certainly, with the chances we had we should have done something - but you have to take these chances.”

Nixon, however, believes there is light at the end of the tunnel as he starts to get a few players back after injury.

“We had a couple back today but they are not match fit and you are having to throw them in because you are desperate for them.

“We just have to get back to the drawing board and work harder than we are. I don’t think we are working hard enough off the ball and I don’t think we are working hard enough when we have the ball . We have to keep the ball better.

“These are just tweaks but we have to work on them.

“We are right down at the bottom and we will just have to come back fighting.

“The good thing is we are starting to get bodies back and that will be a great help.

“I am not using injuries as an excuse but we have been crippled by them recently,” he added.