Seven goals but zero points as men fall short in league clash

Mackenzie Bennett (left) grabbed a goal in Portadown men's firsts' weekend defeat by Belfast Harlequins.INPT47-643''PTHOCKEY15
Mackenzie Bennett (left) grabbed a goal in Portadown men's firsts' weekend defeat by Belfast Harlequins.INPT47-643''PTHOCKEY15

Portadown men’s firsts battled hard to try and salvage Saturday’s league clash with Belfast Harlequins - before the final whistle confirmed a 4-3 success.

A squandered penalty corner for Portadown kept the scoreline blank until Harlequins broke the deadlock.

Home goalkeeper Jamie Knipe suffered a yellow card and a penalty stroke helped the visitors increase the lead.

Mackenzie Bennett converted a Zach McClelland pass but the game’s next goal was scored by the city side.

Stephen Johnston made his mark then Adam Stevenson left the sides level off a penalty stroke.

The fixture’s seventh goal handed Harlequins the upper hand.

Firsts v South Antrim (away, start 3 o’clock): J.Knipe, D.McKimm, G.Titler, S.Bell, J.Brown, J.Rea, G.Morrison, G.Croft, Z.McClelland, S.Kirkland, M.Beattie, M.Winter, R.Baird, A.Stevenson. Seconds v Banbridge fourths (home, start 1 o’clock). Thirds v Mossley fifths (away, start 1 o’clock).

Portadown ladies’ firsts finished with a derby defeat on Saturday as Lurgan’s last hit of the Premier League match secured a slender 2-1 tally.

Both sides found the net in the first half - with Leeanne Cassells’ equaliser off a penalty corner strike.

Gillian Castles, Heather Wright, Abbie McCullough and Emily Parks proved sharp across defence - with Megan Madill impressive between the posts.

“The scores were level with one minute to go then the umpires awarded a penalty corner despite our protests,” said Jane McKimm, the ladies’ head coach. “A straight strike was taken off the line illegally, with the penalty stroke scored on the final whistle.

“It was hard luck as we defended with discipline and resolve, especially across the second half at 1-1.

“We produced plenty of hard work and were unlucky in the end not to get a share of the points.”

Portadown ladies visit Lisnagarvey this weekend.