WARRENPOINT2 PORTADOWN 2
Portadown were knocked off the top of the Danske Bank Premiership after being held by spirited Warrenpoint Town at Stangmore Park.
Ronnie McFall’s side were forced to come from two goals down with early strikes from Daniel Hughes and Ruairi Devlin gifting Town a 2-0 lead in the opening 36 minutes.
Peter McMahon sparked the visitors’ revival with a goal before the break and Darren Murray claimed a point with a second half header.
The Ports also hit the woodwork twice and had two goals ruled out for offside.
After a bright opening from Portadown it was Warrenpoint who broke the deadlock in the seventh minute.
A long free-kick from goalkeeper Jonathan Parr was contested by Daniel Hughes and Garry Breen, and when the ball fell free it was Town striker Hughes who reacted quickest to poke a shot past David Miskelly.
Portadown were enjoying plenty of possession without threatening Parr’s goal, and on 36 minutes found themselves two goals down when Devlin raced clear before rounding Miskelly and slotting home.
Two minutes later Parr was called into action to deflect Gary Twigg’s glancing header onto the post.
It was a warning sign for Warrenpoint and on 40 minutes the visitors got their reward.
It came following another patient build-up, with Ryan McStay eventually threading a through ball to McMahon who kept his composure before slotting his shot past Parr.
The Ports were denied by the woodwork again on 65 minutes when Twigg could only blast his shot off the bar after being played through by Kevin Braniff.
They didn’t have long to wait to draw level with Murray finding the target five minutes later.
It came from Chris Casement’s cross, with Murray nipping in to head home from six yards.
WARRENPOINT: J. Parr, King, S. Parr, D. Hughes, S. Hughes (Kearns 63), Grant (Havern 78), Smith, M. Hughes, Moan, Boyle, Devlin (Cowan 84).
Subs not used: McCabe, McGuigan.
PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, Breen, McMahon (Ramsey 90), Murray, Braniff, McStay, McCafferty, Twigg, Traynor (Mouncey 90), Friars.
Subs not used: Brennan, Judge, Rooney.
Referee: Stephen Wallace (Londonderry)