PORTADOWN 1 GLENTORAN 1
Blustery conditions played their part as Portadown and Glentoran fought out a 1-1 draw at Shamrock Park.
The Ports capitalised on a strong downfield wind in the first half with Peter McMahon’s 11th-minute goal.
The Glens responded in the second period and were rewarded with Jordan Stewart’s clinical finish in the 74th minute.
The Ports almost snatched victory two minutes from time but Chris Casement’s free-kick rattled off the post.
Portadown had claims for a penalty in the fourth minute after Michael Gault’s header rebounded off Niall Henderson on the line - but referee Colin Burns turned down the appeals.
The Ports claimed the lead in the 11th minute with a fine finish from McMahon - the midfielder unleashing an unstoppable shot past Elliott Morris from the edge of the box.
Glens goalkeeper Elliott Morris almost caught Portadown counterpart David Miskelly out with a speculative punt at the start of the second half.
The ball caught in the wind before bouncing in the box, and Miskelly was forced to tip the effort behind for a corner.
Curtis Allen headed wide from Henderson’s corner in the 62nd minute, and David Scullion tested Miskelly with a shot from the edge of the box that went straight at the Ports keeper.
The visitors were rewarded for their pressure in the 74th minute with Stewart’s equaliser, the winger ghosting in to finish off David Scullion’s deep cross.
Casement was denied by the woodwork in the 88th minute, the defender’s curling free-kick cannoning off the post.
PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, Redman, O’Hara, Breen, McMahon, Mackle, Mouncey ((McAllister 82), Gault, Twigg, Garrett.
Subs not used: Brennan, Oman, Ramsey, Conaty.
GLENTORAN: Morris, Kane, Scullion (O’Hanlon 80), Allen, Stewart, Henderson, McAlorum, Nelson (McKee 84), Gordon, Holland, Addis.
Subs not used: McCaffrey, Gray, Hogg.
Referee: Colin Burns (Newtownabbey)