PORTS STUN CRUES TO MAKE LAST EIGHT
Portadown produced the result of the night with victory over Crusaders at Shamrock Park to reach the last eight of the BetMcLean Cup.
The Ports moved in front after just 11 minutes when, following a mix-up in the Crues defence, Kenneth Kane found himself through on goal and made no mistake from close range.
Niall Currie's side almost doubled their lead soon after only for Jonny Tuffey to deny Ryan Mayse's strike, before the Crues keeper produced another save to deal with an Eoin Bradley effort from point blank range.
However Mikhail Kennedy levelled for the visitors midway through the first half after slotting home from the edge of the box after Aaron Hogg had come off his line to try to win the ball from Lloyd Anderson.
Ross Clarke could then have edged the Crues in front with a curling 25-yard effort just over the bar while, at the other end, Kane sent the ball just wide as he tried to find the top corner.
The second half was a much less frantic affair, with the only real moment of note coming with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when Eamon Fyfe knocked home Portadown's winner with a cool finish between Tuffey's legs to secure a memorable victory for the Championship side.
Portadown: Hogg, Rodgers, Wilson, Chapman, McCawl, Mayse, Kane, Fyfe, Montgomery, Traynor, Bradley subs Wright, Coyle, Redman, Russell, Cochrane, Williamson, McKay
Crusaders: Tuffey, Lowry, Teelan, O'Rourke, M. Kennedy, Winchester, Larmour, Smith, Robinson, Clarke, Anderson subs Kerr, Burns, Weir, B. Kennedy, Forsythe, Owens, Maguire