Goalmouth action from Tillysburn Park (Picture: AM Photography)
Saturday, 25 August 2018
Goals from Adam Salley and Jamie Douglas helped Portadown defeat HW Welders at Tillysburn Park.
The opening period was fairly evenly balanced with the core of the play being contained to the midfield area.
The Ports opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Salley lobbed Ryan Brown in the home goal.
The visitors were starting to impose themselves on the game with the home side playing catch up so it came as no surprise when Portadown went further ahead after 32 minutes when Douglas netted their second, tapping home after a deflected shot hit the upright and fell to his feet.
On the resumption it was very much the Ports calling the tune and the Welders relying on an odd foray into the visitors half.
Brown in the Welders goal was the busier of the two keepers at this stage as the pressure from the visitors increased.
In one of the rare attacking moves Lewis Irwin for the home side saw his effort go wide in the 68th minute while substitute David Rainey saw his effort go past the post after a skilful piece of interplay between him and Scott Davidson.
HW Welders: Brown, O'Mahony, Armstrong, McMillan, McMurray, Morrow, Davidson, Deans, Graham, Gwiazda, Irwin subs Robinson, Harris, Rainey, McIlmail, Dornan
Portadown: Dunne, Flynn, Larkin, Lavery, Kilmartin, Salley, Braniff, Hall, Thompson, Mackle, Douglas subs Carson, McCallum, Wilson, Carmichael, Storey
Referee: Gareth Stewart