Portadown 0 Ards 3
Disappointing disjointed display from the Ports today as they threw away the opportunity to make valuable ground against Carrick this afternoon. With a strong team at his disposal, Ports fans expectations were heightened following last weeks battling display against Loughgall. Unfortunately it proved to be a false dawn as the team struggled to get to grips with an Ards team who were hungrier for the ball and used a strong wind in the first half to their advantage. Ards pressed forward from the kick off and eventually broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute through Cherry who finished from close range. The Ports hopes weren’t helped when experienced centreback Ken Oman was shown a straight red for a rash challenge on his opposite number Johnny Taylor just 8 mins before the break. A window of opportunity opened briefly in the 40th minute when the Ports were awarded a penalty after Mulvenna was flattened in the Ards box. However Henderson’s tame penalty was easily saved by Ards keeper Hogg.
The second half saw the Ports move O’Hara into the centre with Matt Hazley dropping back into the left back role. However as the half wore on Ards began to exploit the extra space and but for some last ditch defending by O’Hara and good blocks by Duffin they could have had the match wrapped up. The second goal did come eventually after a series of near misses. Ross Arthurs finally getting the ball in the net after missing a number of chances. As the threat from the Ports finally evaporated, substitute Matthew Shevlin delivered the final blow when he had time to pick his spot from 15 yards out, leaving Duffin no chance.