Warrenpoint Town book their place in the Premiership

WARRENPOINT Town secured their place amongst the elite of local football following an away goals victory over Donegal Celtic in the promotion/relegation play-offs.

Barry Gray's side might have lost the second leg 2-1 but they did enough over the two games to ensure top flight football just three seasons after entering the Championship.

Paul McVeigh fired DC ahead on the night on the stroke of half-time when he connected with a Pat McShane free-kick to nod the ball past Jonathan Parr.

That levelled the tie on aggregate but Pat McAllister's side were rocked on 74 minutes when Stephen McCabe volleyed the ball past John Connolly after the home defence had failed to clear a free-kick.

Celtic now required two goals to save themselves and duly pulled one back with seven minutes remaining when substitute Mark Miskimmin slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

However, Miskimmin was then dismissed by referee Raymond Hetherington four minutes later following a poor challenge on the Warrenpoint 'keeper.

That left Celtic with too much to do to prevent their place in the Premiership slipping away whereas it marked the culmination of Warrenpoint's meteoric rise through the ranks.