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Portadown secure narrow victory over Ballinamallard

Ballinamallards' Andy Crawford and Mark Stafford are challenged by Portadown's Tim Mouncey

Ballinamallards' Andy Crawford and Mark Stafford are challenged by Portadown's Tim Mouncey

Portadown are back in the hunt for a top six spot after this narrow 1-0 victory over Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park.

It was new signing Gary Twigg who took the half chance in the 59th minute when he pounced on a mistake to shoot low across goal and into the bottom corner.

Portadown coach Ciaran Harding said he was delighted to get the points.

“We targeted this game today and this game sets us up and back in the hunt for a top six finish.”

However, Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson was fuming with his players giving away such a soft goal.

“We needlessly lost possession in the middle of the park and when the ball bobbled around it fell to Twigg to finish,” he said.

“It was great opportunity for us the way we played in the second half. I told the players a mistake by us or them could be cost us to lose or win the game.”

The first half saw the Ports rely on long balls and they created a number of chances, particularly from Burns’ neat flick at the near post which flashed inches wide.

In the second half though Portadown started brightly with Ballinamallard relying on full back Keohane and Rouse to clear certain danger before Twigg latched onto a loose ball to shoot home.

From then on though the Ferney Park side dominated and closed out the victory.

 

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