Captain Hardy posts opening score in success on the road

Daniel Tully during Portadown's weekend defeat by Bangor at Chambers Park. Pics by Matthew Wickham.

Daniel Tully during Portadown's weekend defeat by Bangor at Chambers Park. Pics by Matthew Wickham.

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Portadown firsts finished down by 43-16 at home to Bangor in Saturday’s Qualifying League programme.

Early town pressure failed to produce a reward and Bangor regrouped to hit back with the game’s first score.

The Portadown response put Bangor on the backfoot and a penalty try was awarded which Chris Cousens converted for a 7-5 tally.

Bangor regained the upper hand with a number of converted tries, with Cousens posting penalties as part of the Portadown contribution.

It was 16-9 entering the closing 15 minutes and Portadown suffered a collapse at this point.

The loss of two players to injury served to disrupt the home side’s rhythm, with another sent to the sin bin to increase the numerical problem.

Bangor took advantage to increase the margin of victory towards a 43-16 triumph for the visitors.

Portadown seconds defeated Randalstown by 20-16 on the road thanks to the determined display.

The away side had to tackle a strong wind before the break but restricted Randalstown to eight points.

Portadown pushed hard in the second half and patient forward play led to captain Dean Hardy crashing over the line.

Graeme Currie, the leading player on the day, posted the conversion.

Randalstown’s response featured a try and penalty but Calvin Chambers’ clever footwork resulted in a score converted by Currie.

Currie also posted a brace of penalty kicks, with Danny Alexander and Neil Irwin helping protect the advantage.

Portadown fourths finished down by 50-0 against Bangor thirds.

The Bangor panel featured a string of players with All-Ireland League experience.

Simon Lappin’s players produced positive passages despite the defeat.