PORTADOWN 2 COLERAINE 0
This was a tale of two teams moving in opposite directions.
Portadown – 13 points from their last four games – have vaulted over Glentoran into fourth place.
But Coleraine, with six defeats on the spin, are just two points out of the danger zone, with only Warrenpoint and Ards beneath them.
The Ports took full advantage of the wind in their backs in the first-half, with Chris Ramsey and Gary Twigg the marksmen. Central defender Ramsey hit his first goal of the season, a power header from a Chris Casement corner.
And Twigg scored a glorious subtle effort when he nipped among two defenders and keeper Wayne Drummond to delicately lob home.
Coleraine turned on the heat in the second-half, enjoying most of the possession, but they found the Ports defence, with Ramsey, Keith O’Hara and keeper David Miskelly in Scrooge mode.
PORTADOWN – Miskelly, Casement, O’Hara, Ramsey, Mackle (McCafferty 90m), Murray, Mouncey, McStay, Barton (McMahon 67m), O’Connor. Subs noit used – Brennan, Rooney, Paget.
COLEREAINE – Drummond, McIlmoyle, Hegarty, Douglas, Ogilby, Owens (Carson 76m), Harkin, Canning, E. Bradley, Tommons (J. Bradley 79m), Moore (Jennings 46m). Subs not used – Watt, McMullan.
REFEREE – Mertvyn Smyth ( Belfast>