David McAllister (02)
Matthew Shevlin (50)
Guillaume Keke (56)

3

Garry Breen (44)
Callum Ferris (65p)

2

Craig McMillen and Garry Breen (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)

PORTADOWN FATE SEALED BY ARDS DEFEAT

Portadown's relegation to the Championship has been finally confirmed following this defeat to Ards.

David McAllister opened the scoring for Ards as early as the second minute with a neat finish from the edge of the area just inside the near post.

Chasing the equaliser, Marcio Soares was unlucky to see an effort rasping past the upright after bringing the ball down the right while, for Ards, Matthew Shevlin might have added a second only to be denied by Chris McGaughey.

Portadown did level just before the break when Garry Breen did well to send home a powerful header from a corner.

However, Ards restored their lead on 50 minutes when Shevlin darted past his marker before blasting a strong shot beyond McGaughey.

Then, just before the hour, Guillaume Keke added a third for Colin Nixon's side after getting on the end of a Kyle Cherry through ball to beat McGaughey with a commanding finish.

But back came the Ports again, on 65 minutes, when substitute Callum Ferris converted from the spot after Stuart McMullan conceded the penalty and picked up a straight red card for his trouble.

Matt Hazley then might have levelled with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when he beat Aaron Hogg only to see Michael Ruddy make a goalline clearance.

Portadown also ended the game with ten men following Sean Mackle's late dismissal for dissent.

Ards: Hogg, Hall, S. McMullan, Friars, Ruddy, McMillen, Cherry, McCullough, McAllister, Keke, Shevlin subs R. Arthurs (not used), G. McMullan (not used), Hughes (not used), Bradley (replaced Shevlin 67), Doherty (not used)

Portadown: McGaughey, Shannon, O'Hara, R. Larkin, Breen, L. Wilson, Garrett, Gardiner, Hazley, Soares, Mackle subs Lyttle (not used), Richardson (not used), Holmes (replaced O'Hara 62), Macuilaitis (replaced Soares 81), Ferris (replaced Gardiner 62)

Referee: Evan Boyce

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