Irish Premiership: Warrenpoint Town 1-1 Dungannon Swifts

Warrenpoint and Dungannon share spoils

Warrenpoint remain four points clear of the Premiership basement after this scrappy draw with Dungannon Swifts.

A poor first half at Drumahoe burst into life after 43 minutes when Town midfielder John McGuigan drilled into the bottom corner for the opener.

Dungannon improved on the restart and Andrew Mitchell slotted in the leveller from Gary Liggett's low cross.

Johnny Frazer wasted a Warrenpoint chance while Jamie Glackin rifled wide for the visitors.

Good work from Stephen Hughes and Darren Forsyth set up McGuigan to make a much-needed breakthrough in a dismal first half.

Dermot McVeigh almost doubled the lead seconds before the break by firing just over the bar.

Mitchell slipped the ball past keeper Jonathan Parr as he connected with Liggett's ball across the face of goal.

Parr produced a good save from Liggett's strike before Frazer hit the side-netting after going clear on goal.

Glackin almost snatched a winner from a rebound after Parr kept out Jarlath O'Rourke's shot.

The result keeps the 10th-placed Swifts four points ahead of Warrenpoint.

"We didn't do enough in the first half and the players looked frightened of making mistakes," said Dungannon boss Darren Murphy.

"But I'm delighted at the way the boys responded in the second half and I'm happy to keep the same gap between the teams.

"If the players keep believing in themselves then hopefully we'll be okay at the end of the season."

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