There are probably not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe this astonishing performance!
If anyone had doubts about Portadown’s Premier League credentials, they can be assured that team finishes above them may well be crowned champions. Yes, it was that good!
Second thoughts . . . it was brilliant. Ronnie McFall’s boys play a brand of attacking football that is not only pleasing to the eye, but is backed up with a clinical, ruthless streak. They were frightening at times.
If it doesn’t bring the crowds flocking back to Shamrock Park, nothing will.
Kevin Braniff and Gary Twigg both went home with a match-ball after hitting hat-tricks, while Darren Murray and Peter McMahon bagged a brace apiece.
New boy Ryan McStay, who looks quite a find, also got in on the scoring act.
It was a day that will not live long in the memory of troubled Ballinamallard. They had Dwayne McManus -- he picked up two yellow cards -- and substitute Stephen Feeney dismissed.
Feeney was only on the pitch for 13 minutes when he fisted away a Padraig Judge effort on the goal line, allowing Braniff to complete his treble from the spot.
The astonishing result equalled the record set by Distillery in1966!
“It was only a matter of time before some team was going to be punished, but at the end of the day, it’s only three points,” beamed McFall. “We have been playing like that since the start of the season, but not taking the chances we were creating.
“The players were angry after being beaten at Ballymena in midweek. The reality is we should have been out of sight by half-time.
“We are well pleased with the start we have made to the league campaign. We now have to get our feet back on the ground for Dungannon next week.”
An injury to Chris Ramsey slightly tarnished what was an unbelievable afternoon in County Armagh. He was forced out after only 20 minutes with a suspected dislocated shoulder.
Ramsey now joins Keith O’Hara and Ross Redmond -- he is due to go under the knife tomorrow to repair cruciate ligament damage -- on the long term injury list.
“We are working from a small panel of players,” added McFall. “Johnny Black came in on a short term contact and he performed really well for us. Unfortunately that was his final game as he leaves this week for Australia.
“Yes, it’s a small squad, but it has a lot of quality. That has been the case for a few years now. We have to work with a limited number. We just can’t compete with the Linfields and Cliftonvilles of this world in terms of squad numbers.
“The key for us is keeping everyone fit and available. I just don’t know how bad Ramsey’s injury is. He is going to hospital for an X-Ray.”
Although Braniff and Twigg stole the headlines with the three goal feats, McFall insisted was a solid all round team performance.
“It would be unfair to single anyone out, simply because it was the complete team display,” added Big Ronnie.
“The guys who score the goals get all the credit, but from one to 11, we really looked solid.
“Everyone of the boys have a hunger and desire about them.
“We are reaping the rewards for a hard pre-season . . . we put the players though a tough programme.”
For the first time since the club’s elevation to the top flight last season, United manager Whitey Anderson preferred not to give a post-match interview.
Ashen-faced Anderson, clearly upset at what he had just witnessed, popped his head out of a half-closed dressing room door to politely state: “If you don’t mind, I’ve nothing to say after a performance like that.