Warrenpoint Town’s Under 18 team secured their second National League First Division title in a row by defeating Loughall FC last night in Browstown Park, Portadown. The Point lads made history last year when they became the first team from Newry & Mourne to win a National League title. Beating the likes of Linfield, Portadown, and Glenavon to the title this season is a mark of their continuing progression and a reflection of the thriving youth setup at the seaside club.
Victory for Loughgall would have given them a chance to win the league in their final game, but despite pressing strongly in the first 30 minutes, the Warrenpoint lads eventually took control by moving the ball more quickly than their opponents on a small pitch to win 3-0 in the end. Goals from recent Portadown signings James Magowan on the half-hour mark, and Ian Hamilton on the stroke of half-time, allowed Warrenpoint to impose themselves on the game in the second half. Their joy was complete when Ethan Copes settled the fixture and secured the title win. It was the Point’s ninth clean sheet in the last ten league games, a testament to their defensive unit in goalkeeper Adam McAlpine, Aaron Kehoe, Ethan Power, Ian Hamilton and captain, Danny McEvoy.
The squad are keen to add to their success as they prepare for a National League cup final versus Coleraine FC on Saturday 12th May at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown. For many in the team it will be their last taste of youth football as they continue their progress into the Under 20 and Senior ranks at the club.
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