Warrenpoint Town clinch promotion to Irish Premiership

Institute's Niall Grace is challenged by Aaron Traynor of Warrenpoint
Runaway Championship leaders Warrenpoint clinched promotion with four matches to spare

Warrenpoint Town have clinched an immediate return to the Irish Premiership by coming from 2-0 down to beat nearest rivals Institute 3-2.

Institute led through two quick goals midway through the first half scored by Niall Grace and Stephen Curry.

A fine strike by Conor McMenamin pulled one back and Town's top scorer Stephen Murray equalised with a lob over keeper Marty Gallagher on 40 minutes.

Murray netted the winner in the 65th minute for Matt Tipton's side.

Warrenpoint were relegated last season after a dramatic and controversial final day of the Premiership campaign.

They needed just one point against Institute - the only team who could mathematically catch them - to be sure of returning to the top flight.

Warrenpoint's win took them 17 points clear at the top of the Championship table
Warrenpoint's win took them 17 points clear at the top of the Championship table
Former Portadown and Linfield striker Matt Tipton won promotion in his first season in charge of Warrenpoint
Former Portadown and Linfield striker Matt Tipton celebrated promotion in his first season in charge of Warrenpoint

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