Spirited away performance helps secure point on the road

Portadown's Alana Doyle on show for Ireland under 18s during last weekend's under 21s' Inter-Provincial Championships in Dublin.
Portadown's Alana Doyle on show for Ireland under 18s during last weekend's under 21s' Inter-Provincial Championships in Dublin.

Portadown men’s firsts battled back from deficits on three occasions to rescue a share of the spoils from Saturday’s test with high-flying Kilkeel.

Kilkeel played host to Portadown from a position of second in the Premier League standings and grabbed the game’s opening goal despite the visitors’ promising early pressure.

With both sets of players enjoying attacking periods, the game proved open but Portadown failed to gain any reward for such positive play.

The game’s next goal helped Kilkeel double the advantage in the closing moments of the first half.

Portadown’s second-half performance sparked into life with a close-range finish by Matthew Winter.

A penalty stroke was then stopped by the Kilkeel goalkeeper. Another penalty stroke allowed the hosts to increase the lead to 3-1.

Stephen Johnston kept Portadown in contention with a clinical finish then penalty pain continued to prevent the visitors from sitting on level terms.

Portadown enjoyed the majority of possession and claimed another key goal thanks to Johnny Brown’s strike following patient approach play.

Portadown failed to take advantage of a counter-attack which left four away players on the break against a sole Kilkeel rival.

However, a late save by Jamie Knipe then vital block from Adam Stevenson allowed Portadown to seal a point.

Firsts v Raphoe (Saturday, away, league, start 2.30): J.Knipe, G.Titler, S.Bell, J.Rea, R.Scott, A.Stevenson, S.Kirkland, J.Brown, Z.McClelland, S.Johnston, M.Beattie, G.Croft, J.Curran, M.Winter, G.Morrison, M.Bennett.

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

Thirds v Down (Friday, away, league, start 8 o’clock): Players to be notified.

LADIES

Portadown ladies’ firsts’ Premier League campaign was disrupted by heavy rainfall.

However, tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) schedule will feature a date at Edenvilla Park against Armagh from 2.30.

IRELAND

Ireland under 18s took part recently in the under 21s’ Inter-Provincial Championships.

The panel included Portadown-born Alana Doyle - a player of the books at Ards - plus Kathryn Edgar from Richhill. Edgar was joined by Lurgan team-mate Kerrie Burns, the latter a Portadown College student, in the national squad.