Success on the road to wrap up away dates

Richard Hedley
Richard Hedley

Portadown wrapped up a difficult Qualifying League One away schedule on Saturday with a convincing 27-0 defeat of CIYMS.

Having suffered six consecutive league defeats before the previous fixture’s welcome win, Portadown hit the road for the final time this season in search of continued progress.

Away days have provided a number of disappointments for Portadown this season but they left CIYMS flying high thanks to a controlled display.

“We were up by 13-0 at half-time and they did not have a penalty until 39 minutes,” said Richard Hedley, the Chambers Park head coach. “We talked before the match about the need to reduce the penalty count and that was a big part of our gameplan, especially given the weather conditions.

“We were disciplined and the communication was excellent.

“You could see at half-time how much the players enjoyed the game and it was nice to end our away commitments with such a good performance.

“A big part of our problem earlier in the season came down to making poor decisions but we have seen a marked improvement in that area.

“Now we have two home dates, starting this weekend against Cooke, to close out the campaign.”

Portadown host Cooke at Chambers Park then entertain Ballyclare in the final fixture on March 21.

“It is all about momentum and two wins from the final two games would get us a top-four finish in the league,” said Hedley. “Results last weekend have left us in need of two wins but confidence is good at present.

“At times this season we have often struggled away from home in bad conditions.

“However, on Saturday that was not the case and you could see the buzz at the final whistle.

“We want a big push now to end such a frustrating season in the right way.”

Play will start tomorrow (Saturday) at 2.30.