PORTADOWN 3 GLENAVON 0
Portadown beat County Armagh rivals Glenavon for the first time in four outings this season with fullback Chris Casement the star of the show, scoring a brace after he laid on the first.
The Lurgan Blues, with their eyes focused on the Irish Cup Final were a poor second in this encounter giving the impression that all roads lead to Windsor Park.
Portadown were one up after just four minutes – a classic case of Glenavon being caught cold – they were disorganised as Chris Casement whipped in a corner from the right and Emmet Friars, totally unmarked nodded home perhaps the easiest goal of his career.
It was on oasis of action in a first half that Portadown just about shaded with Casement and Breen smashing one over the top and Glenavon just failing to level when Brian McCall just failed to connect from a Guy Bates cross.
And just before the break Portadown’s Peter McMahon chipped beautifully beyond keeper James McGrath, but the effort just trundled wide.
Portadown’s second was a classic from the right foot of Casement. He picked up a loose ‘ball’ just inside the box and bent it home with the outside of his boot giving McGrath no chance
Glenavon had no luck whatsoever at 66 minutes when a Winkie Murphy header thumped against the crossbar, and Friars headed the rebound off the line followed by a Rhys Marshall ‘airshot.’
Casement netted his second and Portadown’s third. It came from a McMahon cross which was headed down into the fullback’s path and he whacked it home from almost the same spot as his first.
The final cheer from the Ports’ fans was seven minutes from time when Ross Redman – injured in the second match of the season – came on as a late substitute.
PORTADOWN- Miskelly, Casement, O’Hara, Ramsey, Breen, McMahon, Mackle, Murray, Mouncey, Twigg, Friars. Subs- Brennan, McStay, (for Mackle 89), Redman (for O’Hara 83 , Barton (for Mouncey 72), Lyttle.
GLENAVON- McGrath, Neill, McCallion, Murphy, Bates, Patton, McGrory, Marshall, McIlveen, McCabe, McCaul. Subs- McKeown (for Neill 83), Sykes (for McIlveen 58), Dane, Hoey (for Bates 46), Dallas.
Referee- Raymond Crangle