Dream start in home victory over Dromore

Olivier Montels. Pic by Matthew Wickham.
Olivier Montels. Pic by Matthew Wickham.

Portadown seconds sparked into life on Saturday with a perfect start to the league campaign by recording success over Dromore.

The town players - fresh from last season’s promotion - finished in front by 41-13 at Chambers Park.

A bright start included early try attempts inside the opening 10 minutes but Dromore held out under pressure and broke the deadlock off a string of penalty kicks.

Portadown’s reply featured a penalty down the touch line and strong driving maul by the pack from the line-out. Darren Thompson had the ball at the back with 15 metres to go as the forwards forced a way over the line.

A similar scenario led to additional Portadown success, with Johnny McClure’s surging run past a number of defenders finishing in a fine try.

David Whitten and Olivier Montels proved effective as a centre combination, with Michael Orr securing the bonus point before the break.

Dromore opened the second half with a five-metre scrum on the visitors’ line but the Portadown pack produced the power to take it against the head and drive, allowing David Thompson to record a try.

Winger Andrew Chambers and full back Ryan Calvert enjoyed spots on the try scoresheet in the closing stages.

Portadown’s conversions were shared between Whitten and Orr - with Taylor Tweedie named the leading home player thanks to his overall work-rate.

The thirds lost out in Dungannon. Portadown under 18s suffered a narrow defeat at Malone.

Players under the youth programme are reminded that training times across September will run each Monday and Thursday from 7 o’clock - with everyone welcome and interest also encouraged from potential additions to the coaching staff.