TILNEY AND BONIS ON TARGET FOR PORTS
Goals from Ben Tilney and Lee Bonis helped Portadown to a two-goal victory over Carrick Rangers at Shamrock Park.
Carrick started brightly with a Kyle Cherry half volley going over early on while Caolan Loughran sent a free-kick the wrong side of the upright.
At the other end Bonis saw a free-kick pushed away by Aaron Hogg before play switched again for Lloyd Anderson to see a near post effort saved.
But Portadown moved in front on 13 minutes when Tilney's curling free-kick from the right side of the area possessed enough pace to get beyond Hogg and into the top corner.
Anderson had a chance to level midway through the first half but his snap shot was turned away by Jacob Carney.
At the other end the Ports came close to doubling their advantage before the break when George Tipton delivered a corner which Paul Finnegan nodded just past the right post.
Oisin Conaty came close as well just after the hour with a close range header straight at Hogg with Tilney then having a shot from the left tipped wide.
However, Portadown's second goal eventually came with a couple of minutes remaining after Sam Warde sent over a well delivered free-kick for Bonis to glance home to secure the points.
Portadown: Carney, Hall, McCallum, Finnegan, McKeown, Tipton, Salley, Bonis, Conaty, Kerr, Tilney subs Buchanan (not used), Murray (not used), Croskery (not used), Guy (not used), Teggart (replaced Conaty 81), Warde (replaced McKeown 75), Scannell (replaced Tilney 90)
Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Neale, Rodgers, Loughran, Chapman, Gordon, Cherry, Glendinning, Gibson, Anderson, Friel subs Forsythe (not used), Smith (replaced Neale 63), Kalla (not used), Jenkins (replaced Anderson 63), McMullan (not used), Storey (replaced Cherry 78), Ramsey (not used)