PORTADOWN 3 WARRENPOINT 0
A combination of Warrenpoint’s woeful defending and Portadown’s sharpness had this match decided by half-time – it stood at 3-0 then and no further scoring followed after the interval.
And a missed penalty by the ‘Point’s Stephen Hughes didn’t help matters. True, it was a great double save by David Miskelly, but it summed up a horrible first half by the Down men who slip down I to the bottom two again.
A goal by the Ports’ Chris Ramsay and a couple from ace striker Gary Twigg told the tale. But all three – while superbly worked from the wings – highlighted terrible defending.
The Ports took the foot off the gas after the break, and again Warrenpoint did themselves no favours by sloppy finishing.
The Hughes Brothers – Mark, Stephen and Daniel – could have bagged a hat-trick, but poor shooting, a marvellous showing by Miskelly and a great stop on the live by Emmett Friars frustrated the few Point followers at the match.
PORTADOWN: Miskelly Casement O’Hara Breen Friars Barton McCafferty Ramsey Mackle Murray Twigg
Subs: McMahon McStay Brennan Conaty Traynor
WARRENPOINT: J. Parr, King, Cowan, S. Parr, D. Hughes, S. Hughes, S. McCabe, Smith, Bagnall. M. Hughes, Moan.
Subs: Havern, McMullan, Boyle, Grant, Devlin
Referee: Hugh Carvill (Belfast)