Sean Mackle opened the scoring after four minutes (Picture: Philip Magowan/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 18 August 2018
Portadown defeated PSNI by two goals at Shamrock Park in a game which saw both sides strike the woodwork more than once.
Sean Mackle opened the scoring for the Ports as early as the fourth minute with a simple close range tap-in after connecting with a cross from the left.
The PSNI might have levelled after a quarter-of-an-hour when, from a free-kick some 30 yards from goal, Dale Malone rattled Declan Dunne's crossbar.
At the other end Darren Murray almost made the most of some poor defending after pouncing on poor backpass only for his finish to come off a post before being cleared.
The visitors came close again themselves after Owen Moody's penetrating run down the left found Malone who then skimmed an upright with 20-yard effort.
Portadown doubled their lead just before the hour after a moment of confusion in the PSNI defence allowed Chris Lavery a clear run on goal before blasting beyond keeper Tuda Murphy.
Matthew Tipton's side might have crafted a third goal towards the end after substitute Gerard Storey saw a free-kick come back off the crossbar but Lavery was unable to convert the rebound.
Portadown: Dunne, Neill, Flynn, Larkin, Lavery, Kilmartin, Salley, Braniff, Murray, Hall, Mackle subs Blair (not used), Carson (replaced Neill 84), Carmichael (replaced Salley 66), Douglas (not used), Storey (replaced Mackle 54)
PSNI: Murphy, Douglas, Riddle, McCrory, Ferguson, Berry, Montgomery, D. Wilson, Hutchinson, Malone, Moody subs Anderson (replaced Moody 85), Crawford (replaced Berry 73), Clarke (not used), J. Wilson (not used), Cochrane (not used)
Referee: Neil Robinson