Portadown 2 Dungannon S 1
One of the fastest goals of the season so far helped Portadown to victory over Dungannon Swifts in this Mid-Ulster derby at Shamrock Park.
Just 47 seconds had elapsed when an error in the visitors’ back line saw Kevin Braniff set up Darren Murray for a spectacular opening goal.
And it got worse in the 31st minute when another long ball caught out the Swifts’ defence, Braniff taking full advantage by slotting home.
Dungannon were handed a lifeline when Jamie Douglas finished off David McCullough’s cross five minutes later - but were ultimately unable to get an equaliser.
Portadown had strong claims for a penalty turned down after half-time when Aaron Trainor was tugged back in the box by Michael McKerr.
PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, Breen, McMahon, Braniff, Murray (Mouncey, 16), McCafferty, Friars, Twigg, Trainor, McStay
Subs not used: Brennan, McConnell, Judge, Rooney
DGN SWIFTS: Buchanan, McKerr (Doyle, 65), Copeland (Brennan, 65), McCaffrey, Mulgrew, McCullough, Harpur, Fitzpatrick, Douglas, Boyce, S Lavery (Glackin, 81)
Subs not used: Hutchinson, Costello
Referee: Andrew Davey (Belfast)