Slick Stevenson seals success in season’s first senior home test

Adam Stevenson. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Adam Stevenson. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
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Portadown men’s firsts played host to Premier League hockey last weekend for the first time - and celebrated the occasion with a 2-1 success.

Adam Stevenson’s double left the town seniors on top against Civil Service at Edenvilla Park.

A sharp start led to positive pressure from Portadown but both sets of players entered the interval on level terms.

However, Portadown managed to maintain the high-tempo approach and broke the deadlock thanks to patient passing before Stevenson’s finishing touch.

Civil Service hit back to level the league meeting.

Portadown responded with another period on top that resulted in a penalty flick converted by Stevenson to wrap up a memorable success.

The men’s weekend teamsheets:

Firsts v Newry (away, league, Tuesday, 7.45 start): J.Knipe, G.Titler, S.Bell, G.Edgar, D.McKimm, D.Robinson, A.Stevenson, S.Kirkland, J.Brown, Z.McClelland, M.Bennett, M.Beattie, G.Croft, P.Quaile, M.Winter.

Seconds v Instonians thirds (home, league, Saturday, 1 o’clock start): Players to be notified.

Thirds v Lisnagarvey sixths (away, league, Saturday, 4 o’clock start): Players to be notified.

LADIES

The thirds enjoyed a 5-0 win over Ards, with the seconds on top by a 6-0 scoreline against Larne.

Portadown under 15Bs lost to Pegasus by 3-2.

The firsts visit Belfast Harlequins tomorrow (Saturday) in a return to Premier League play.

SCHOOLS

Portadown College’s Kerrie Burns helped Ulster under 18s enjoy success last weekend at the Inter-Provincial Series.

The squad also included Alana Doyle and Kathryn Edgar from the area. Doyle finished on the scoresheet in a 5-0 defeat of South East - with the defending champions also on top against Munster and Connacht before honours even with the Leinster hosts.