Portadown saw off spirited Ards 2-0 to claim their first win of the season at the third attempt.
A clinical double from Gary Twigg sealed maximum points for Ronnie McFall’s side at Shamrock Park.
Following a turgid opening half Portadown took the lead eight minutes before the break.
Chris Casement delivered a telling cross that Twigg met with a bullet header into the net.
Twigg had headed against the base of the post only moments earlier while Ards struggled to gain any foothold on the game.
A tense second half was finally decided with Twigg’s second of the day in the 83rd minute.
Peter McMahon delivered the through ball and Twigg rounded Ards goalkeeper Graham McKibben before drilling a low shot into the net.
PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, Ramsey, Breen, McMahon, Murray, Braniff, Twigg, Friars, McCafferty, Black (McConnell 90).
Subs not used: Brennan, Okunaiya, Rooney, Paget.
ARDS: McKibben, Hall, Spence, Armstrong, McDowell, Smith (Gordon 71), Faulkner, Roy (Davidson 46), McDowell, Henderson, Arthurs.
Subs not used: Gibson, Cully, Moffatt.
Referee: Ross Arthurs (Carrickfergus)