A promising start came to nothing for Portadown men’s hockey team on Saturday as they lost their Irish Trophy first round tie to Bandon in Cork.
The Ports started off the game as the better team and the early pressure showed when Stewart Kirkland drove into the Bandon D and won a short corner.
A good save low down from Adam Stevenson effort on goal led to a quick counter attack from Bandon and when the ball got played into the D it was deflected in off a Bandon stick.
Portadown kept putting pressure on the Bandon goal and were creating chances but couldn’t convert.
A long ball over the top from Bandon let their forward get a run on the Portadown defence.
Keeper Knipe wasn’t quick enough off his line and was forced into giving away a penalty stroke.
Bandon converted the stroke to double the lead to go 2-0 ahead.
Not long after Bandon had a third with a reverse finish into the corner leaving Knipe with no chance. At half-time Portadown were three goals down and left with a mountain to climb.
The second half started with much of the same as Portadown kept creating chances but were unable to beat the Bandon keeper. With 10 minutes to go Portadown won a short corner and with a well worked routine the ball fell to Stephen Johnston who slotted it past the keeper to give Portadown a glimmer of hope.
With Portadown now piling on the pressure it left them vulnerable at the back and a quick break from Bandon won them a short corner. The corner was placed into the right of the net to give Bandon a 4-1 lead.
That was how it finished - Bandon 4 - 1 Portadown.