Ports struggle on all fronts in afternoon to forget at The Oval

Billy Brennan's form between the posts proved one plus from the weekend defeat by Glentoran. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Billy Brennan's form between the posts proved one plus from the weekend defeat by Glentoran. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
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Portadown’s Belfast blues continued on Saturday when, 133 days after Irish Cup final misery, Glentoran claimed another 1-0 victory at The Oval.

Frustration in May’s final centred on decisions by the match officials but fans’ focus centred on the players and coaching staff last weekend following a performance lacking spirit and skill.

The Glens dominated, carved out the greater sights of goal and displayed a degree of energy on the ball so absent from the visitors.

Injuries and the inability to add to the squad have left the Ports short of creativity, with Peter McMahon’s introduction on 62 minutes a positive sight as the playmaker moves towards full fitness.

Red cards for club captain Keith O’Hara and - due to dissent from the dug-out - Mark McAllister added to Portadown’s woes in the closing moments of a dismal afternoon.

The warning signs on show during the previous league date in Belfast at Windsor Park were cemented in place last weekend as Portadown limped across the 90-plus minutes.

Marcus Kane’s first-half finish settled the fixture but Portadown struggled overall to establish any momentum in response.

One sidefoot shot by Darren Murray marked a disappointing end to Portadown’s most impressive move and the striker then failed to capitalise on a promising position when his attempted lob dropped short.

Billy Brennan produced some key saves to prevent the hosts from holding a greater margin of victory at the final whistle.

PORTADOWN: Billy Brennan, Chris Casement, Ross Redman, Keith O’Hara, Chris Ramsey, Sean Mackle, Darren Murray, Tim Mouncey, Michael Gault, Gary Twigg, Robert Garrett. Subs: Matt McMahon (on for Garrett, 62 mins), Mark McAllister, Ken Oman (on for Ramsey, 92 mins), Jake Richardson (on for Mackle, 79 mins), Marcio Soares.