25 Nov 2023
© Paul Harvey

Portadown opened up a three point gap at the top of the Playr-Fit Championship on a weekend that also produced victories for Bangor, Ards, Ballyclare Comrades, Institute and – for the first time this season – Knockbreda.

‘Breda finally collected their first win of their Championship campaign with a two-goal home defeat of Dergview. Igor Rutkowski opened the scoring late in the first half before Conall Murray made sure on 69 minutes.

The Ports kicked the weekend off with a crushing 5-1 Friday night victory over Newington at Shamrock Park.

Ryan Mayse, Luke Wilson and Eamon Fyfe all found the net inside the opening half-an-hour with Kenny Kane and Caolin Coyle also registering after the break. The Swans collected what was scant consolation when Zach Barr pulled one back just before the hour.

Also on Friday night Institute needed a 95th minute Sean McCarron finish to secure victory over Ballinamallard United at the Brandywell to ultimately leapfrog over Dundela into second spot on goal difference.

The Duns fell to a four goal reversal away to Ards on Saturday afternoon.

Callum Dougan opened the scoring from the spot after 11 minutes, with Eamon Scannell adding a second ten minutes after that ahead of a stunning third from Connor Maxwell just after the half-hour mark.

Ross Hunter then completed the scoring midway through the second half with a strike from the edge of the box on the counter attack.

Bangor also hit four goals as they cruised to victory over Annagh United at the BMG Arena.

Adam Neale was the hero of the hour with a hat-trick for the Seasiders coming after Ben Arthurs had edged the visitors in front on nine minutes.

Meanwhile, at Dixon Park, two second half goals saw Ballyclare Comrades get the better of HW Welders.

Level at the break after Michael McLellan had cancelled out Owen McConville’s 11th minute opener, the Comrades went onto secure the points thanks to goals from Calvin McCurry and Gary Donnelly with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.