What a blistering Irish Cup tie. The 3-1 scoreline by no means flattered Glentoran – and yet Portadown could have stolen a replay.
It wasn’t until the last kick of the ball that the Glens settled it with debutante Curtis Allen’s second – the Ports entire team, including keeper David Miskelly were deep in Glentoran territory seeking that elusive equaliser, when a breakaway saw the Glens four-to-one in attack, Jordan Stewart slipped it to Allen, and he blasted home.
Aaron Boyd opened the Glens’ account on 18 minutes with a real cracker after the Ports’ defence failed to clear, and Darren Murray made it 1-1 with a hotly disputed penalty.
It rocked the Glens for a while, but they bossed it in the second-half, and only a succession of wonder saves held them at bay until Allen stabbed home the second after Miskelly managed to repel two efforts.
Portadown: Miskelly, Casement, McCafferty, O’Hara, Ramsey, Breen, Ramsey, McMahon (McStay 60m), Mackle (Friars 82m), Murray, Twigg, Mouncey (Barton 65m). Subs not used – Brenna, Rooney.
Glentoran: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Henderson (McGuigan 75m), Hill, McAlorum, Addis, Birney Allen, Boyd (O’Hanlon 87m), Stewart. Subs not used – Clarke, Bradley, Hogg.
Referee: Arnold Hunter.