Match Centre

Championship
Saturday 16 December 2023 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Shamrock Park

Referee: Louise Thompson

Portadown home-team
4 FT 2
away-team Ards
  •   Ross Redman 56'
  •   Luke Wilson 60'
  •   Eamon Fyfe 63'
  •   Ross Hunter 39' 74'
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Portadown players celebrate ©Aaron McAlpine / NIFL

PORTS STILL ON THE TITLE CHARGE

Portadown blew Ards away with a stunning second half trio of goals that keeps their Playr-Fit Championship title charge alive.

Portadown took the lead in fortiouitous circumstances on 6 minutes as Ryan Mayse's stinging shot was well pushed onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Alex Moore, but defender Matthew Gorman in attempting to head clear, diverted the ball helplessly into his own net for the opening goal.

Despite bossing much of the play, Portadown let the visitors back into the game on 39 minutes, as Conor Maxwell's deep free kick from the right was met by the unmarked Ross Hunter who tapped home the equaliser to put Ards right back into the game.

The Ports came out revitalised in the second half and took the game to their opponents, as Ross Redman capitalised on the Ards defence's poor defending from a Douglas Wilson cross, to fire the home side back in the lead on 56 minutes.

On 60 minutes, Luke Wilson rose to head in a third for Portadown from a Ryan Mayse cross.

Then three minutes later, Portadown added their fourth to seal the points as Gary Thompson robbed the ball in the middle of the park and good work from Mayse again played through Eamon Fyfe who squeezed the ball under Moore for a third goal in seven blistering minutes.

Ards weren't finished yet as they pulled a goal back on 74 minutes when Ross Hunter headed home his second goal of the afternoon to make it 4-2, but it only proved to be a consolation for Matthew Tipton's side.

 

 

 

Portadown: Hogg, Coyle, Redman, D. Wilson, L. Wilson, McCawl, Mayse, Russell, Kane, Fyfe, Thompson subs Buchanan (not used), Montgomery (replaced Thompson 62), Cochrane (replaced Kane 81), Bradley (not used), Williamson (replaced Mayse 81), McKay (not used), Burns (not used)

Ards: Moore, Greer, Maxwell, Ruddy, E. Scannell, Cafolla, Dougan, Taggart, Miller, Gorman, Hunter subs Shields (not used), McAllister (replaced E. Scannell 72), Steele (replaced Cafolla 72), C. Scannell (not used), Tipton (replaced Greer 72)

  • FULL TIME
    Portadown   4 - 2 Ards
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Mayse

    Portadown

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Portadown

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sam Cochrane

    Departed Players

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Williamson

    Portadown

    81'
  • GOAL

    Ross Hunter

    Departed Players

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Max Greer

    Ards

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eamon Scannell

    Departed Players

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Patrick Cafolla

    Departed Players

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David McAllister

    Departed Players

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aidan Steele

    Crusaders

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    George Tipton

    Ards

    72'
  • GOAL

    Eamon Fyfe

    Portadown

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Gary Thompson

    Portadown

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Dale Montgomery

    Portadown

    62'
  • GOAL

    Luke Wilson

    Portadown

    60'
  • GOAL

    Ross Redman

    Portadown

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    Luke Wilson

    Portadown

    52'
  • GOAL

    Ross Hunter

    Departed Players

    39'
  •  Yellow Card

    Eamon Scannell

    Departed Players

    26'
  • OWN GOAL

    Matthew Gorman

    Ards

    6'

Portadown

  • Aaron Hogg
  • Caolin Coyle
  • Ross Redman 56'
  • Douglas Wilson
  • Luke Wilson 52' 60'
  • Eoghan McCawl
  • Ryan Mayse red substitution 81'
  • Mark Russell
  • Kenneth Kane red substitution 81'
  • Eamon Fyfe 63'
  • Gary Thompson red substitution 62'

Substitutes

  • Gareth Buchanan
  • Dale Montgomery green substitution 62'
  • Sam Cochrane green substitution 81'
  • Eoin Bradley
  • Joe Williamson green substitution 81'
  • Joe McKay
  • Lewis Burns

Ards

  • Alex Moore
  • Max Greer red substitution 72'
  • Connor Maxwell
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Eamon Scannell 26' red substitution 72'
  • Patrick Cafolla red substitution 72'
  • Callum Dougan
  • Ethan Taggart
  • Max Miller
  • Matthew Gorman 6' (OG)
  • Ross Hunter 39' 74'

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • David McAllister green substitution 72'
  • Aidan Steele green substitution 72'
  • Conor Scannell
  • George Tipton green substitution 72'
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