Stefan Lavery (13)

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Gary Brown (03)
Samuel McIlveen (64)

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Samuel McIlveen grabbed Ballyclare's winner midway through the second half (Picture: Philip Magowan/PressEye.com)

COMRADES DEFEAT PORTS TO MOVE INTO POLE POSITION

Gary Brown fired the Comrades in front after just three minutes with a low, hard drive into the bottom corner after the ball broke from the left.

Niall Currie's side might levelled only to be thwarted twice by the woodwork.

Firstly, a Kevin Amuneke run and shot took a deflection before striking the crossbar while Gary Warwick, following a goalmouth scramble, turned the ball onto the post.

But Stefan Lavery did equalise on 13 minutes with a near post header from a Kyle Neill cross from the left.

The visitors squandered the opportunity to go in at the break on top when Stewart Nixon latched onto a poor backpass, took the ball past 'keeper John Connolly but could only hit the post with the goal at his mercy.

Clifford Adams' side regained the upper hand just after the hour when Brown crossed from the left for Samuel McIlveen to send a deflected effort past Connolly.

Portadown: Connolly, Brennan, Neill, McVey, McCallum, Kilmartin, McCullough, Warwick, Duffin, Amuneke, S. Lavery subs Ferris (replaced Duffin 69), Salley (replaced Amuneke 58), Wilson (not used), Hazley (replaced Warwick 58), Upton (not used)

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Youle, Rodgers, Brown, Gray, McCart, Dobbin, McIlveen, Robinson, Nixon, Kelly subs Maguire (replaced Nixon 75), Johnston (not used), O'Hanlon (replaced Robinson 85), Barr (replaced Kelly 85), McKinty (not used)

Referee: Raymond Crangle

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