Weekend cup progress results in quarter-final reward for away win

Robert Gacek added to Portadown seconds' weekend tally of points. Pic by Matthew Wickham.
Robert Gacek added to Portadown seconds' weekend tally of points. Pic by Matthew Wickham.

Portadown firsts progressed past CIYMS and into the Junior Cup quarter-finals on Saturday courtesy of a 21-13 triumph.

Early pressure from CIYMS led to a 3-0 deficit before Portadown regrouped and registered a Dan Tully try which Chris Cousens converted for a 7-3 scoreline.

The experienced Diarmaid O’Kane managed to cross the line before half-time, with Cousens again reliable from the conversion.

Portadown used the 14-3 advantage to dominate possession after the second half and O’Kane added a finishing touch to Tully’s approach play for his second try. Cousens increased his personal points run before a CIYMS penalty put the gap at 21-6.

The loss of a player to the sin bin disrupted Portadown’s closing challenge.

Portadown seconds’ 56-14 success against Donaghadee provided another impressive team display and welcome bonus point.

A strong Donaghadee panel - boosted by the lack of a senior fixture - conceded inside the opening two minutes as Rory Quinn collected a loose ball and raced clear.

Donaghadee posted a try before Robert Gacek attacked from deep to post his first of three weekend tries.

A well-worked lineout move led to a driving maul, with Rodney Blair over the line and Aaron Morton adding the conversion.

Donaghadee’s final try arrived before the half-time interval.

Donaghadee failed to win a single second-half scrum - with Matt Davison on the Portadown scoresheet and impressive alongside Gareth Reid.

Johnny Burns’ strong individual display was rewarded with a try.

However, Calvin Chambers’ tally proved the highlight as two increased his run to five across one fortnight.

John Graham’s try was the final score in a 56-14 victory.

Portadown thirds suffered a first defeat of the league campaign as Academy enjoyed a 26-17 tally.

Play proved competitive across the board but Portadown struggled in key areas and hosts Academy enjoyed control.

Lineout strength proved a crucial factor as Academy held the upper hand.

David Harpur and Craig Woods worked hard but it proved an afternoon of overall frustration.

Andrew Laverty added a try to cap Harpur’s approach play, with Woods also over the line. David Cornett, Stuart Lyness and Ryan Duffy proved impressive for Portadown.