Portadown go third after beating Coleraine

Portadown's Matthew Rooney celebrates
Portadown's Matthew Rooney celebrates


Portadown are up to third in the Danske Bank Premiership table after coming from behind twice to seal the points in a five-goal thriller at The Showgrounds.

It was the home side who broke the deadlock on 15 minutes as Eoin Bradley’s shot deflected past David Miskelly. The striker should have added a second on 26 minutes after Stevie Lowry put him clear but he could only find the side netting.

Within four minutes it was all square as Darren Murray found the unmarked Matthew Rooney who coolly found the net.

Joe McNeill had a header cleared off the line by Sean Mackle on 36 minutes, but he had better luck four minutes later his shot beat Miskelly with the help of another deflection to put Coleraine back in front again.

Portadown tied things up again on the hour mark as sub Tim Mouncey fired home with his first touch of the game. And within four minutes the visitors were in front for the very first time as Murray’s long range effort deceived Ferry and found the net.

Coleraine should have grabbed an equaliser with three minutes to go as Tommons headed down to Lowry, but he shot wide from six yards.

Coleraine: Ferry, Canning, McIlmoyle, Beverland (Ogilby 39), Douglas, Harkin (Hegarty,6, 73), Tommons, Lowry, McNeill (Browne 73), Bradley, McDaid.

Subs: Owens, Watt.

Goals: Bradley (15), McNeill (41)

Booked: Bradley, Ogilby

Portadown: Miskelly, Casement, Ramsey, Breen, Mackle, Murray, McCafferty, Twigg, Traynor, Friars (Mouncey 59), Rooney (McStay 59).

Subs: Brennan, Barton, Judge.

Goal: Rooney (30), Mouncey (60), Murray (64)

Booked: Ramsey, Murray, Friars, Mackle, Miskelly.

Referee: Hugh Carvill (Belfast).