CRUSADERS 2 PORTADOWN 2
Crusaders were left frustrated as they drew for the fourth time in eight Premiership fixtures on Saturday.
Declan Caddell’s 83rd-minute goal earned the Seaview men a 2-2 draw against Portadown.
Eamon McAllister broke the deadlock for the Crues before two goals from Gary Twigg had Portadown in front.
Caddell forced home Paul Heatley’s cross seven minutes from time to claim a point.
Chris Morrow rattled the post for the Crues in the 10th minute with a long-range effort.
Colin Coates had the ball in the back of the net in the 22nd minute but referee Mark Courtney had already blown for a foul on Paul Heatley.
The home side’s pressure paid off in the 27th minute with McAllister bagging his first goal of the season - the midfielder latching onto a loose ball inside the box before rifling a shot past Miskelly.
Portadown responded in the 38th minute with Twigg bagging his ninth goal of the season.
A long ball forward from Aaron Traynor was flicked on by Darren Murray, and Twigg was afforded time and space to fire a low shot past Sean O’Neill.
Portadown claimed the lead in the 79th minute with Twigg on target again - the striker showing a cool head to slot past O’Neill from inside the box.
The lead last four minutes as the Crues restored parity through Caddell.
Heatley forged down the left before delivering a low cross that Caddell forced home.
CRUSADERS: O’Neill, Leeman, Magowan (McCutcheon 87), Coates, E. McAllister (Owens 76), Morrow, Robinson, Caddell, Adamson, Heatley, McClean.
Subs not used: McMaster, Snoddy, D. McAllister.
PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, Ramsey (McStay 62), Breen, McMahon, Murray, Braniff, McCafferty, Twigg, Friars, Traynor.
Subs not used: Brennan, Mouncey, Mackle, Judge.
Referee: Mark Courtney (Dungannon)