Milltown misery as Ports crash to shock defeat

Warrenpoint's Stephen Hughes with Portadown's Ross Redman and Chris Ramsey.
Warrenpoint's Stephen Hughes with Portadown's Ross Redman and Chris Ramsey.

Portadown’s first ever visit to Warrenpoint was to end in misery as they crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat on Friday night.

It was top against bottom and McFall’s men were favourites to extend their lead, but on loan striker Ciaran O’Connor proved a real handful, bagging two goals to stun the Ports.

His first came on 20 minutes and it got even worse for McFall’s side when O’Connor struck a second just before the break.

Portadown did mount a challenge in the second half and Gary Breen headed home on 65 minutes to give the visitors a lifeline.

They continued to press in a bid to find the equaliser but in the end they could not find a way through and this defeat must be seen as a missed opportunity in the title race.

Next up for the Ports is Linfield next Saturday before the Boxing Day derby against Glenavon.

Warrenpoint Town: Parr, Cowan, Moan, McVeigh, King, Boyle, D Hughes (Grant 90), S Hughes (Breen 90), M Hughes (McCabe 79), Smith, O’Connor. Subs not used: Rooney, Devlin

Portadown: Miskelly, Casement, Redman, Ramsey, Breen, McMahon (Mouncey 70), Mackle (Murray 64), McAllister, Gault, Twigg, Garrett. Subs not used: Brennan, Conaty, Lyttle

Referee: Colin Burns.