‘TIMES’ WEB REPORT: Loughgall 1 Portadown 3 Oman celebrates with a debut goal and Judge nets derby double

Ken Oman.
Ken Oman.

Ken Oman marked his Portadown debut with a goal on a night the Shamrock Park club’s next generation stepped up to seal a Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final spot.

Two goals inside a minute from teenage midfielder Pauddy Judge pushed the Ports into a commanding first-half lead.

Loughgall hit back after the break and the NIFL Championship One hosts enjoyed early pressure before reducing the deficit when Warner Mullen headed home a Mark Carson delivery around the hour mark.

Ronnie McFall promoted three members of the Portadown Youth panel into his senior squad - with Nedas Maciulaitis and Zak Wilson introduced off the substitutes’ bench. Jamie Haughey completed the trio handed a taste of the first-team environment.

Oman completed his 18-month deal with the Ports last Thursday and the experienced centre-back celebrated a first start for the club by heading home Paul McElroy’s corner-kick on 28 minutes.

Judge then rifled in the Ports’ second on 37 minutes and, seconds later, slotted home with a composed close-range finish.

LOUGHGALL: Symon Ferguson, Mark Carson, Ryan Moffatt, Ricky Copeland, Mark Stewart, Matthew Reynolds, Steven Ferguson, Gary Henderson, Graeme Taylor, Warner Mullen, Aaron Patterson. Subs: Keith Kearney (on for Carson, 87 mins), Simon Smyth (on for Reynolds, 85 mins), Jason Greenaway (on for Ferguson, 70 mins), Ross Black.

PORTADOWN: Billy Brennan, John Gibson, Christian Stewart, Jordan Lyttle, Chris Ramsey, Pauddy Judge, James Begley, Sean Mackle, Marcio Soares, Ken Oman, Paul McElroy. Subs: Zak Wilson (on for Mackle, 87 mins), Jamie Haughey, Chris Ferguson (on for McElroy, 81 mins), Mark Whitten, Nedas Maciulaitis (on for Soares, 60 mins).

Annagh United were also in Mid-Ulster Cup quarter-final action, losing out to top-flight Dungannon Swifts by 2-1. Shea Campbell was the home side’s scorer at Tandragee Road.