Adam Salley hit a second half double for Portadown (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)
Saturday, 08 December 2018
Portadown moved back into third spot following this hard fought victory over Knockbreda at Shamrock Park.
Gerard Storey might have opened the scoring for Matthew Tipton's side on 20 minutes only to rattle the post from the edge of the box after combining with Sean Mackle.
As it was, it fell to Mackle to break the deadlock five minutes from the break when he took the ball past the keeper after Luke Wilson teed him up when he intercepted a pass.
However, 'Breda levelled before the break thanks to Darius Roohi's half volley after David Fearon had flicked the ball into his path inside the area.
Fearon found the net himself from the spot five minutes into the second half after he had been brought down by Mark Carson whilst chasing a long ball into the box.
Portadown levelled just before the hour with Mackle's second of the game, a finish high into the net after Ryan Carmichael did well to create the opening.
Then, on 66 minutes, the Ports moved back in front after Adam Salley rose to nod home a Carson cross to the back post.
And Salley extended Portadown's lead six minutes later with his second of the night, this time from Chris Lavery's superbly delivered cross.
However, Conor Doran touched home a third for Knockbreda with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining after Declan Dunne had initially kept out a header from a corner.
The, rather than spark a revival, visitors finished the game with ten men following Ryan Newberry's dismissal after collecting a second caution for unsporting behaviour.
Portadown: Dunne, Carson, McCallum, Lavery, Salley, Hall, Thompson, Wilson, Carmichael, Mackle, Storey subs Blair (not used), Neill (not used), Kilmartin (not used), Douglas (not used), Robinson (not used)
Knockbreda: Toolan, Johnston, Dobbin, Patterson, Doran, Fearon, Newberry, Roohi, Bennett, Cafolla, McNicholl subs Copeland (not used), Rice (replaced McNicholl 20), Barr (replaced Roohi 72), Baker (replaced Fearon 72), McAnulty (not used)
Referee: Mark Dillon
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