Point apiece from position of strength

Neil Gilmore, the scorer of Portadown's second goal, closing down a Raphoe rival.INPT07-609
Neil Gilmore, the scorer of Portadown's second goal, closing down a Raphoe rival.INPT07-609
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Portadown men’s firsts held the upper hand over rivals Raphoe until a late collapse turned a position of strength into a share of the spoils.

It was 2-0 to the town seniors as Portadown appeared on course for another boost in the fight for a top-three finish.

However, Raphoe hit back with a quickfire double to salvage a point from the Premier League tussle.

Portadown enjoyed the majority of possession in contrast to Raphoe’s direct approach but clear sights of goal proved restricted.

Jamie Knipe was on hand to protect the clean sheet following an opening for Raphoe due to a defensive slip.

Adam Stevenson’s drag flick then bounced off the base of the post before half-time.

Portadown increased the attacking threat in the second half and pressure included a Stephen Johnston deflection which hit the crossbar.

However, the opening goal arrived for Johnston thanks to a clinical finish from the right.

The scorer played a part in Portadown’s second goal when clever skill helped him skip past two challenges before releasing Zach McClelland along the left.

McClelland’s delivery was controlled and converted by Neil Gilmore with a reverse-stick finish.

Portadown struggled to add additional goals to the approach play and suffered due to Raphoe’s late push.

Players selected for the men’s seconds’ weekend game at home to Instonians fourths will be informed before tomorrow (Saturday).

Play is set to start at 1 o’clock, with everyone welcome at Edenvilla Park.