RYAN Donaldson’s first goal of the season proved the highlight as Portadown thirds returned to winning ways on Saturday at the expense of Ballymoney United.
The thirds returned from a recent blank run of dates refreshed and ready to make amends for some below-par performances.
Andy Stewart’s goal from inside the area pushed Portadown into the lead before Donaldson opened his account for the season when a speculative effort found the net.
Josh Black then attacked from midfield to connect and score Portadown’s final goal.
“The 3-1 win was a much-improved display and helped us recover from a bad run,” said third-team manager, Chris Wright. “I made it clear before the game that the focus is now on next season so each player must prove he is worthy of a future at Portadown.
“Players at this club have an opportunity to build a future in the game but it is something only hard work and the correct approach can help achieve.”
Portadown thirds visit Annagh United tomorrow (Saturday) in the league.
PORTADOWN THIRDS: Chris Davison, Nathan McCann, Jordan Wilson, Robin Carson, James Wright, Nathan McConnell, Andrew Stewart, Scott Farquhar, Ryan Donaldson, Andy Mallen, Michael Corrigan. Subs: Ben Steen, Adam Scorah, Josh Black, Andy Stewart.