Ballinamallard 1 Portadown 0
The Ports hit a brick wall in this evenings game as they struggled to find any sort of rhythm against a hard working and well organised Ballinamallard team. Right from the KO it was clear that the physical presence of the Mallards Lecky and Lafferty was causing all sorts of problems in midfield and preventing the Ports from holding unto any sort of possession. The only time the Ports actually looked like threatening the Mallards goal, Aaron Haire was felled as he advanced towards the edge of the 18 yard box with Taheny receiving his marching orders as the last man. From the resultant free kick, Garrett dragged his shot just wide of the post.
As the Mallards re-organised themselves, that man Lecky latched unto a loose ball 20 yards out and drove it low and hard towards the Ports goals. The ball struck and upright and flew into the net giving McGaughey no chance. A disappointing goal from the Ports perspective, but it was no surprise that Lecky scored it given his physical dominance in the first half.
As the Ports fans tried to rally their team in the second half, it was clear this was not going to be their night as individual errors littered the game, preventing any meaningful passage of play. Frustration amongst the players began emerge with niggling fouls creeping into the game every few minutes, which only played into the hands of the home team. As the time petered out, the Ports pressed forward throwing caution to the wind, but time and time again players were either caught offside or wasted possession allowing the Mallards off the hook. All in all, a disappointing performance and and even more disappointing result. However, the players have shown they are better than this and Niall Currie and his management team will expect a strong response as they take on Glentoran at Shamrock Park on Tuesday night.