Seniors left reeling by late goals

Stewart Kirkland (left).
Stewart Kirkland (left).

Portadown men’s firsts pushed last season’s Irish Hockey Trophy runners-up to the final seconds on Saturday.

Ultimately, a last-gasp goal handed Cork-based Bandon the upper hand in a 3-2 success at Edenvilla Park.

The hosts pushed hard but Bandon eventually gained the upper hand and tested goalkeeper Jamie Knipe on a number of occasions.

Stewart Kirkland, however, rewarded Portadown for the hard-working first-half performance by converting a loose ball before the break.

The high-tempo defensive work by Portadown left Bandon frustrated after the interval but a deflection past Knipe put the sides on level terms.

Portadown regrouped in response and a series of counter-attacks resulted in Zach McClelland finding Stephen Johnston, who marked his return from long-term injury with a decisive finish - and joyous post-goal celebration.

Late drama, however, featured two goals across the final three minutes to put Bandon in control at the final whistle.