Brian inspires Portadown side to league win over Cooke

Gareth McCoy who scored a try against Cooke.
Gareth McCoy who scored a try against Cooke.

Inspired by man of the match Brian Forristal, Portadown secured a 19-8 home win over Cooke on Saturday.

The home side made a positive start piling the pressure onto the visitors.

They were camped on the line and eventually made the breakthrough with Andrew Chambers getting over for a try. The conversion was missed.

Portadown continued to impress as Cooke strugged to get out of their own half but the Chambers Park side cound not turn possession into points as they failed to score two further tries because of handling errors.

With Forristal kicking well from the ruck and scrum this kept Cooke on the back foot.

Another try was always on the cards and it was scored by Gareth McCoy and this time Cousins kicked the conversion to make it 12-0.

Cooke rallied at this stage and pulled three points back with a penalty.

The visitors made a determined start to the second half but their momentum was halted when coach Richard Headley made changes which steadied the ship. The young players introduced were Aaron Abraham and Jordan Elliott.

Portadown made sure of the win after Diarmund O’Kane crashed over for Portadown’s third and final try of the afternoon and Cousins again converted to make it 19-3.

With the game all but over Cooke did score a late try adn while Portadown were unable to secure the bonus try the four points are welcome and keeps them in third place.

Portadown are back in league action in two weeks time at Ballyclare and then a home tie against Limavady in the Town’s Cup follows in early January.

On Saturday Portadown Fifths secured their place in the nect round of the McCambley Cup with a narrow 5-3 away win over Armoy.

In other club news an Exiles game has been arranged for December 29 with a 6pm kick-off.

Following that at 7.30pm will be the under 18s against Portadown College.