McCoy posts try treble as seniors seal cup success

Glen McAuley on the charge for Portadown thirds against Inishowen at Chambers Park.INPT02-609
Glen McAuley on the charge for Portadown thirds against Inishowen at Chambers Park.INPT02-609

Portadown firsts returned to duty with a 29-3 success at Limavady across the Towns’ Cup.

Chris Cousens’ penalty and a Gareth McCoy try handed Portadown the perfect start.

It was 10-0 thanks to Cousens’ touchline conversion before the hosts managed to close the gap with a long-range penalty.

McCoy’s try and a Cousens conversion left Portadown in control by 17-3 at the break.

Winger Ryan Purvis increased the Portadown advantage before McCoy wrapped up his try treble, with another Cousens conversion placing the away side on top by 29-3.

The weekend Forster Cup tie featured Portadown thirds on the backfoot early on against Inishowen.

However, a Barry Gribben penalty and try from Michael Busby provided the home side the upper hand.

Rab McClean displayed impressive control before Neil McCartney increased the gap to 20-0.

Jordan Elliott and Alan Harra worked hard to protect Portadown before Niall Davidson’s try.

McCartney was rewarded for his determination with his second try of the afternoon before Elliott added to the scoresheet in a 41-7 success.

Portadown fourths’ focus switched to the Butler Shield last weekend as Belfast Harlquins edged home on a 17-15 tally.

Andrew Bonis displayed impressive strength to cross the line.

Other encouraging performances came from John McKeever, Kenny Anderson, Andy Gilpin, William Craig, Sam Close, Brian Milligan, Billy Newell, Craig McCannm, Steven Wilson and Caleb Montgomery.

Christopher Breen enjoyed a promising debut.

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