Finals worth the wait as men ease to cup success in Stormont showdown

Portadown men's seconds celebrate victory in the Junior League Four Cup final at Stormont against Newry thirds. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Portadown men's seconds celebrate victory in the Junior League Four Cup final at Stormont against Newry thirds. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Portadown men’s seconds added to the club’s trophy haul on Saturday with success in Junior League finals day at Stormont.

A June competition date may prove outside the traditional Ulster hockey season window but it proved worth the wait as Portadown defeated Newry thirds to claim the Junior League Four Cup.

The 4-1 victory arrived for Portadown thanks to goals by David Gallagher, Colin Knipe, Matthew Winter and Matthew Beattie.

A late penalty provided little consolation to Newry.

Portadown men’s fourths also enjoyed a late boost as events last month left the side with a league title.

“It seems strange still playing hockey around this time of the year,” said Portadown’s Justin Barr. “However, the months of May and June have resulted in trophy success for the club so we will enjoy those results.

the months of May and June have resulted in trophy success for the club

Justin Barr

“The cup competitions were introduced to extend the junior programme and congratulations to the Portadown players on the win against Newry.

“Our fourths finished as league champions thanks to a key win against Bangor entering the final three games.

“Our opponents for the three closing dates, in the end, did not complete the fixtures so we won the league thanks to those additional points.”

Cookstown, Mossley, Civil Service and Kilkeel players also returned from Stormont with silverware.

YOUTH

Portadown Men’s Hockey Club officials have scheduled a series of coaching nights across the summer months for junior players.

Summer sessions will run at Edenvilla Park each Tuesday evening from 7-8 o’clock for children in primary two up to year 10.

Youth success recently arrived during a Banbridge-hosted tournament for the club’s under 13s and players across the primary three and four age range.

For further information follow the club account on Twitter (@PortadownMHC) or e-mail portadownhockey@hotmail.co.uk.