Captain Thompson sets the standard within clean sweep

Steve Buckley on show for Portadown seconds in the weekend success. Pic by Matthew Wickham.
Steve Buckley on show for Portadown seconds in the weekend success. Pic by Matthew Wickham.

Portadown seconds stand one step away from title success thanks to a commanding 62-0 bonus point success over Lisburn.

It proved a memorable performance under captain Darren Thompson and Craig Woods kicked off the scoring with a penalty.

The forwards increased the tally with tries for Mark Muldrew, John Graham and Thomas Johnston.

David Whitten’s success with a try secured the bonus point.

The next try proved the match highlight as a long Lisburn clearance kick was fielded by the impressive Stephen Buckley. He raced forward and moved clear of numerous defenders before picking out the supporting Woods, with a perfect finishing touch to cap the slick move.

Johnny Hampton’s distribution helped Whitten link with Olivier Montels and Woods to maintain the pressure.

Craig Chambers and Ruairi Quinn were effective from the wings and the combination of Matthew Davison, Thompson and Mark Henderson set the platform for progress.

Rodney Blair and Ryan Muldrew also proved key, with Bob Gasek strong as substitute.

They now enter the final game with the title in sight.

Portadown fourths picked up success over PSNI seconds by 29-10 on Saturday.

Reece Brown posted the opening score before Andrew Morton added to the tally, with Jamie Matthews steering over the conversion.

PSNI cut the gap to 12-7 but Portadown pushed on to register another score following Mat Quinn’s strong play and a Matthews conversion.

It was 19-10 ahead of a commanding run by Portadown to claim second-half control.

Andrew Matchett and Morton produced slick handling leading up to a Brian Milligan try.

The final score came from John McKeever in the impressive win.

Portadown under 18s finished down to Larne by 12-7 across a friendly fixture.