Alan O'Sullivan wheels away in delight after scoring Warrenpoint's winner (©INPHO/Philip Magowan)
Saturday, 15 September 2018
Goals from Anton Reilly and Alan O'Sullivan deep, deep into stoppage time earned Warrenpoint Town their first three points of the season with a dramatic victory over Cliftonville at the Q Radio Arena.
Chances were at something of a premium in the scoreless first half.
Jay Donnelly did produce a decent save from Berraat Türker early on while Ryan Curran sent another effort just wide moments later.
O'Sullivan then faced the Reds keeper one-on-one but Richard Brush proved equal to the threat. Town were also thwarted when Levi Ives cleared the ball off hs own line.
After the break Joe Gormley sent the ball narrowly wide from the edge of the box on 54 minutes before, midway through the second half, he did break the deadlock with a smashing finish into the back of the net after being picked out by Ryan Catney.
And that appeared enough to secure the point for the visitors until that sensational finale.
Reilly levelled for 'Point in the 94th minute with a header from a free-kick into the top corner.
Then, after winning possession from the restart, O'Sullivan got on the end of a long punt forward, ran with the ball to just inside the area and duly slipped the winner past Brian Neeson into the opposite corner.
Warrenpoint Town: Türker, Hughes, Moan, Griffin, O'Sullivan, McCaffrey, Kouogun, Watters, Scannell, Norton, Wallace subs Reilly (replaced Kouogun 82), Kelly (replaced Watters 70), McGrandles (not used), J. Lynch (not used), M. Lynch (not used), Houston (not used), Halfpenny (not used)
Cliftonville: Brush, McGovern, Ives, Breen, C. Curran, R. Curran, Catney, Gormley, J. Donnelly, Maguire, A. Donnelly subs Neeson (not used), Harney (replaced Maguire 46), Garrett (replaced J. Donnelly 40), McDonald (replaced A. Donnelly 46), McConnell (not used), Lavery (not used), McMenamin (not used)
Referee: Ian McNabb
|Alan O'Sullivan||90 +5|
|Anto Reilly||82||90 +4|