Portadown boss Matt Tipton saw his side surrender a two-goal lead (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Limavady United staged a second half comeback to secure a point from Portadown's visit to The Showgrounds.
Portadown hit the front on 38 minutes with a flowing move which went the length of the pitch and after Gerard Thompson's cross from the left was half cleared it fell to Ryan Carmichael, whose weak effort bobbled past Connor Brown into the net.
And the Ports made a great start to the second half, doubling their lead just two minutes in after Gerard Storey was given too much time and space to crash the ball into the top corner from 30 yards.
To their credit, the Roesiders responded well and pulled a goal back just short of the hour through Aidan McCauley after he charged into the box to smash home a Ryan Doherty cross.
Then, on 73 minutes, Doherty got on the scoresheet himself when he was first to pounce after Ports keeper Tyler Blair spilled a looping cross from the left under pressure from Emmet Friars.
Limavady United: Brown, O'Kane, Gareth McFadden, Boyle, Friars, Carlin, McCauley, Gary McFadden, McCarron, Duffy, Doherty subs Wells (not used), McConnell (not used), Devine (replaced McCauley 87), Pomeroy (replaced Duffy 55)
Portadown: Blair, McCallum, Flynn, Salley, Braniff, Hall, Thompson, Wilson, Carmichael, Mackle, Storey subs Neill (not used), Lavery (replaced Mackle 66), Douglas (not used), Robinson (not used)
Referee: Peter McGrath