Goals galore as on-song seniors gain boost in push for promotion

Gregory Croft.
Gregory Croft.
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Portadown men’s firsts cruised past the PSNI challenge by a double-figure margin on Saturday.

The 15-0 tally left club officials dipping into the record books on a memorable afternoon as four town sides produced 38 goals overall.

Adam Stevenson and Gregory Croft each grabbed four goals apiece for the firsts, with Zach McClelland on a senior hat-trick. Stephen Johnston, Matthew Beattie, Stewart Kirkland and Ryan Bennett were the other scorers.

The seconds defeated Cliftonville on a 10-0 tally, with the fourths on top against Harlequins by 11-1. The thirds lost out to Annadale by 7-2.

The high-scoring success will provide the perfect boost for Portadown as they prepare to face another high-flying side, South Antrim,, tomorrow (Saturday) in Lisburn’s Friends’ School.

“We would take a few of those goals this weekend,” said Geoff Edgar, a first-team player and club chairman. “I have been playing for 25 years and cannot recall anything like a 15-0 win.

“I scored in a 12-0 win against Parkview about six or seven years back and that is the closest I can recall.”

Tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) men’s teamsheets are as follows:

Firsts v South Antrim (away, league, meet 1.15, start 3 o’clock): J.Knipe, G.Titler, D.McKimm, G.Edgar, J.Brown, S.Bell, S.Kirkland, Z.McClelland, G.Croft, J.Curran, P.Quaile, S.Johnston, A.Stevenson, M.Beattie.

Seconds v Harlequins thirds (home, league, meet 12 o’clock, start 1 o’clock): Players to be notified.

Fourths v North Down fifths (away, league, meet 11.15, start 1 o’clock): Players to be notified.

Portadown ladies’ seconds defeated Randalstown by 1-0 on Friday, with Kathryn Allen the scorer late on in the league success.

The thirds had Wendy Cowan and Jackie Conn on target in a 2-2 draw against Queen’s as the leaders recovered from a 2-0 deficit.

Three teams will line out over tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).