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Darren Murray goal sinks Sky Blues

Portadown's Darren Murray celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot

Portadown's Darren Murray celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot

PORTADOWN 1 BALLYMENA 0

A first-half Darren Murray penalty helped Portadown to a 1-0 win against Ballymena United at Shamrock Park.

Murray scored after United keeper Stuart Addis had been sent-off for fouling Murray in the box.

Earlier, Surgenor had hit the post, David Cushley fired wide and Gary Breen blocked a Shane Dolan effort.

The Ports had lost their two previous matches against the Sky Blues this season, suffering defeats in the Premiership and the League Cup quarter-finals at the Showgrounds.

And referee Keith Kennedy had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot and producing a red card after Addisbrought down Murray in the area.

Ballymena had the better chances after the interval, but were unable to level despite their superiority.

 

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