Portadown 2 Ballymena Utd 2
The game itself, failed to really take off, although young Ports striker Darren Murray lifted the atmosphere with a well taken double after Ballymena had opened the scoring through Mark Surgeoner within 3 minutes of the kick-off. Murray’s equaliser came in the 15th minute from a McLellan flick on and he added his second 10 minutes before half time as he scored with a looping header which went over an advancing Ballymena Keeper Dwayne Nelson.
The second half was a torrid affair with neither team creating many clear cut chances and the Ports seemingly content to see out the match at 2-1. However any early thoughts of a home win were promptly dispatched when Ballymena were awarded a penalty when former Ports winger Ally Teggart was sent sprawling in the box after a clumsy challenge. The wee winger dusted himself down to dispatch the spot kick past former teammate David Miskelly to give Ballymena a share of the spoils.
Subs: McArdle, Patton, A Burns, Breen, Mackle