PORTS CLAIM VITAL MID ULSTER DERBY VICTORY
Portadown recorded a vital win over derby rivals Glenavon at Shamrock Park to give their survival hopes a boost.
It took Niall Currie's side just three minutes to open the scoring when Stephen Teggart fired past Rory Brown from close range.
At the other end Jordan Stewart saw an effort blocked by Ondrej Mastny while, for the Ports, Paul McElroy failed to control the ball before the danger was cleared.
McElroy had another effort stopped by Brown, as did Stewart for the visitors.
The Ports might have doubled their lead when Lee Chapman had been brought down by Aaron Rogers in the box but Cathair Friel could only send the resultant spot-kick against the post.
However, Portadown did extend their advantage on 71 minutes when Alan O'Sullivan made the most of a moment of hestitation in the defence to fire beyond Brown into the bottom corner.
Glenavon pulled one back ten minutes later, however, when Mastny misjudged a cross and Danny Wallace was on hand to volley home.
But O'Sullivan made sure of the points right at the end of normal time when he doubled his tally after going one-on-one with Brown.
Portadown: Mastný, Wilson, Balde, Russell, McKeown, Archer, Teggart, Rodgers, McCawl, Friel, McElroy subs Barr, Upton, Stedman, Chapman, Jordan, Igiehon, O’Sullivan
Glenavon: Brown, Birney, SNoddy, Fitzpatrick, Prendergast, Wallace, Doran, Rodgers, Ward, Stewart, Bradley subs Kerr, Doyle, O’Connor, Norton, Baird, Garrett, Malone