Mackenzie Bennett celebrated his first appearance of the season in Senior One hockey with the final goal as Portadown men’s firsts cruised past Portrush on a 6-0 margin.
The Edenvilla Park success provided a boost in Portadown’s bid for a top-two position in the league standings.
Johnny Brown wrapped up his weekend treble and other goals came from a Zach McClelland brace.
Early pressure failed to produce any reward until Brown steered home a short corner with a reverse-stick shot.
McClelland increased the advantage to 3-0 by half-time with a quickfire double.
His first arrived when McClelland cut inside and guided a shot beyond the goalkeeper and the final talking point of the half led to the young player’s second following a short corner.
Portrush pushed hard after the interval but Portadown proved a threat on the break and McClelland’s pace resulted in a pass for Brown to score.
A solo strike by Brown secured his hat-trick in style.
Another McClelland assist allowed Bennett to celebrate his landmark appearance with a spot on the scoresheet thanks to a composed close-range flick.
Thanks go to Peter McClelland, Gail McClelland and Arlene Stevenson, plus the other sponsors and volunteers.
Tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) men’s teamsheets are as follows:
Firsts v Bangor (away, league, start 2.30, meet 12.15): J.Knipe, G.Titler, D.McKimm, G.Edgar, J.Brown, S.Kirkland, Z.McClelland, G.Croft, J.Curran, P.Quaile, S.Johnston, A.Stevenson, M.Beattie, D.Robinson.
Seconds v Newry thirds (home, start 1 o’clock): Players to be notified.
Thirds v NICS thirds (away, start 1 o’clock): Players to be notified.
Fourths v Instonians fifths (home, start 4 o’clock): Players to be notified.
Winners from the men’s Mega Draw: 1, Olive Hyndes; 2, Mark Evans; 3, Arlene Stevenson. The organisers would like to thank everyone who supported the event.