Portadown heap Irish Cup misery on Linfield

Portadown's Gary Twigg celebrates with his team-mates after scoring against Linfield
Portadown's Gary Twigg celebrates with his team-mates after scoring against Linfield

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Portadown heaped more misery on Linfield to book their place in the semi-finals of the Irish Cup.

Fresh from last week’s late Premiership win at Windsor Park, the Ports repeated the dose with a spirited 3-2 victory at Shamrock Park.

Goals from Chris Casement and Gary Twigg (2) gave the Ports a 3-0 half-time lead.

Stephen Lowry gave Linfield a glimmer of hope with a goal in the 73rd minute, and the midfielder bagged another six minutes from time to provide a grandstand finish.

It took the home side just seven minutes to forge ahead through a Casement penalty after Jimmy Callacher handled inside his own box.

It was 2-0 in the 22nd minute when Twigg capitalised on a static Linfield defence to poke the ball home from six yards.

Twigg was at it again in the 42nd minute with a sublime finish, the striker beating Ross Glendinning at the near post with an unstoppable shot from the left edge of the box.

Garry Breen almost caught Glendinning out with a superb free-kick from inside his own half - the Blues keeper tipping the effort over the bar.

The visitors were given some hope when Andy Waterworth played in Lowry who surged through to slot past Miskelly in the 73rd minute.

It was 3-2 in the 84th minute when Lowry got his second of the day, the midfielder drilling a low shot past Miskelly after Casement fluffed a clearance from Sean Ward’s free-kick.

PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, Redman, O’Hara, Breen, McMahon, Mackle, Mouncey, Gault, Twigg (Conaty 76), Garrett.

Subs not used: Brennan, Ramsey, McAllister, Richardson.

LINFIELD: Glendinning, Belezika, Callacher (Millar 70), Waterworth, Lowry, Carvill (Brown 58), Ward, Feeney, Mulgrew, Quinn, R. Clarke.

Subs not used: Tuffey, M. Clarke.

Referee: Andrew Davey (Bangor)