Portadown 1 Glenavon 2
Portadowns mix of youth and experience gave 100% effort this afternoon against near neighbours Glenavon, but without any professional players in the team they were always going to struggle against a Glenavon team brimming with quality players. The Ports struggled to cope with the pace of the Glenavon frontline and they were badly caught out in the 8th minute when Gray and Moorhouse broke well clear of a static back four to open up the chance which Gray converted from close range. Things got worse for the Ports when Moorhouse added his name to the scoresheet with a nearpost finish in the 23rd minute to put the visitors 2-nil up and seemingly coasting.
After the break the Ports came out with more purpose and attacked the game right from the ko. They were rewarded with a penalty in the 53rd minute when Singleton was deemed to have taken Foley down in the box, with the defender receiving a straight red for his efforts. Henderson stepped up to slot the penalty easily past Tuffey. With a man to the good, the Ports pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but they failed to take advantage of the Glenavons predicament and continued to be vulnerable to the counter attack with Sykes and Marshall always a threat. Indeed Marshall almost put the game beyond doubt when he stormed through the Ports defense and clipped the ball goalwards, only to see it rebound off the crossbar. The loose ball was bravely headed away by Shannon who received a knock for his efforts.
Despite Portadowns best efforts they created very little in the way of clear goal scoring opportunities although Foley and McGerrigan did their best, they didn’t really trouble Tuffey in the Glenavon goals.