Portadown 1 Crusaders 1
This team just won’t lie down. After last weeks 5 star display against Linfield, the Ports repeated the performance against high flying Crusaders, current League Champions and leaders of this seasons Danske Bank Premier League. Once again, the Ports started as rank outsiders, but once again they dug deep to take a valuable point, but it could easily have been 3 but for some poor finishing and goal line clearances rescuing the Crues. It was the Champions who had the perfect start when big Jordan Owens turned Shannon in the 10th minute and unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards which thumped into the top of the Ports net giving Duffin no chance.
10 minutes later and Caddell almost doubled the Crues lead, but he toe poked the ball wide after being put through the Ports defence.
On the half hour mark, Adam Foley forced a point blank stop from O’Neill and McLean cleared the ball off the line.
3 minutes before the break Marcio Soares broke through the Crues defence before slotting the ball cooly past O’Neill to square the match.
5 minutes into the second half Gavin Whyte almost restored the Crues lead when he cut inside the right channel and fired a curling shot just over the Ports crossbar.
On 65 minutes Shea McGerrigan had the ball snatched off his toe by Andrew Mitchell just as he was about to convert a Foley cross inside the visitors 6 yard box.
A minute later Garrett had a goal bound effort blocked by Keane.
A minute before the end of normal time, Robert Garrett missed a golden opportunity to snatch all 3 points when he shot tamely at O’Neill with the goal at his mercy.
Still, another refreshing performance from the Ports which makes next weeks Irish Cup clash with Glenavon all the more interesting.