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Linfield’s title hopes dented by spirited Portadown

Portadown striker Gary Twigg tries to get a header on target

Portadown striker Gary Twigg tries to get a header on target

 

LINFIELD 1 PORTADOWN 1

Darren Murray grabbed a late goal to almost certainly end Linfield’s title hopes at Windsor Park.

Michael Carvill shot David Jeffrey’s team into the lead early in the second half – one that looked like winning the contest.

But a horrible blunder by goalkeeper Johnny Tuffey handed the Ports a shock equaliser. He could only push out a Chris Casement free-kick into the path of Murray who headed home from six yards.

Cliftonville have now opened up a three-point gap in the title race with only two games remaining.

Linfield: Tuffey, Gault, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Lowry, Carvill (Tipton 88), BJ Burns (Clarke 77), A Burns, Ward, Garrett (Thompson 80).

Subs: McVey, McAllister.

Portadown: Miskelly, Casement, O’Hara, Ramsey, Breen, McMahon, Mackle, Murray, Mouncey (McStay 67), Twigg, Frairs.

Subs: Brennan, Redman, Barton, Soarez.

Referee: M Smyth (Belfast).

 

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