Portadown’s two-goal Irish Cup hero Gary Twigg admits his close-range finish for the first against Linfield provided as much satsifaction as his spectacular second.
The Ports survived a second-half fightback by Linfield to record a 3-2 win and set up a semi-final date next month with Ballymena United.
Twigg bagged two first-half goals, with a Chris Casement penalty kick sparking off the scoring at Shamrock Park as Portadown entered half-time with a 3-0 lead.
Stephen Lowry’s brace after the break left the final margin at 3-2 but with Portadown marching on following a third success of the season against Linfield.
“I enjoy every goal I score, the first was a bit scrappy and the second maybe a surprise because of how well I hit it,” said Twigg. “It was a massive game for the club and the most important part is to be in the hat for the next round.
“I’ve been carrying a few knocks but the Irish Cup quarter-final is hard to sit out.
“It is a testimony to the team how we worked together to get the result.”