BONIS HELPS PORTS TO NARROW VICTORY
A Lee Bonis goal on the stroke of half-time handed Portadown the points from this visit to face Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.
The first half was very much an evenly matched affair with the sides trading chances throughout.
Portadown defender Nathan Kerr saw a 12th minute effort from distance turned past the post while, at the other end, Jacob Carney gathered a Ryan Mayse shot from outside the box.
Carney was called into action again to make a double save to deny initially Mayse and then Shane McGinty's follow up before Roy Carroll made a diving save to keep out a Barney McKeown effort.
But the deadlock was broken in Portadown's favour right at the end of the half when Lee Bonis got the final touch to the ball to divert a McKeown shot into the net.
Dungannon had an opportunity to level early in the second half after Daniel Hughes received the ball from Rory Patterson but his first time effort was saved by Carney.
The Swifts had another chance through McGinty on the hour with a first time effort as the ball came into the box while Portadown striker Stephen Murray later fired just past the right post.
Then, with nine minutes remaining, Dungannon came close again through substitute James Convie but he was unlucky to see his free-kick strike an upright before dropping to safety.