Seniors add to unbeaten run with quickfire wins

Peter Hunniford helping Portadown to a weekend win against Lisnagarvey. Pic by Phil Ray.
Peter Hunniford helping Portadown to a weekend win against Lisnagarvey. Pic by Phil Ray.

Portadown have increased the unbeaten run across NIBA Division One to four fixtures thanks to back-to-back wins in quick succession.

A midweek visit to newly-promoted Carrick led to six points from the seven on the books.

The town seniors also defeated Lisnagarvey on home soil for four points.

The Carrick match left Portadown clear by 21 shots at 16 ends before a testing closing spell resulted in a 27-12 tally over the final five ends.

Rinks by Richard McMullan, Aidan Corrigan and Mark Sproule picked up wins as Portadown finished in front on 84-78 overall.

The Lisnagarvey date resulted in four points despite the promise at one point of a greater return in the 90-71 success.

Lisnagarvey edged home by a single shot on one rink, with a lead of two on another then a five margin for eight across three.

Chris Duff, Paul Moffett, Billy Martin and Mark Sproule won 16 ends with three counts of three, two of four and a five.

It was 19-3 at 10 ends then 26-5 at the 14th towards the 36-9 success.

David Millsopp, Joe Corrigan, Peter Hunniford and Richard McMullan suffered a single-shot defeat by 19-18, with the loss of seven shots over ends 15 and 16 proving decisive on the balance of play.

Portadown were 17-11 down at that point but battled back to close the gap to one.

Tommy Murdock, Robert Hobson, Maurice Whitla and Aidan Corrigan scored four on the 10th to edge clear by 12-11. Portadown dropped four on the 12th end then lifted five for a lead of 18-15.

However, the crucial closing ends went in the favour of Lisnagarvey in a 25-20 town reverse.

Ken Lamond, Paul Whittle, Kieran Trainor and Dane Jordan enjoyed a lead of 11-5 by nine ends but Lisnagarvey reduced the gap to 14-12 by 16. Another strong Lisnagarvey finish resulted in a defeat of 18-16.

Portadown B came out on top by 88-70 in NIBA Division Four for a reward of six points against Finaghy.

The newly-promoted town players will be aiming to consolidate this season.

George Richardson, Eddie Corkin, Bob Robinson and Errol Whitten lost on the two opening ends but responded with six over the next three. A six-shot haul on the 13th pushed the gap to 18-6 and a four count confirmed the 29-13 triumph.

Andrew Millar, Wayne Dougan, Barney McCartan and Noel Quinn exchanged control across the match with Finaghy before a four on the 16th left the lead at 19-14.

Finaghy battled back to level the match entering the last end - with Portadown claiming the vital shot.

Joel Hyde, Nixon Armstrong, Eric McCartney and Noel Orr raced clear by 12-1 at eight ends towards a 20-13 success that featured temporary resistance from Finaghy.

Josh Hyde, Ken Mulholland, Sean McNeice and Robert Cassells conceded counts or four and five early on to sit down by 14-4 at six ends.

A superb scoring spell produced wins across eight ends and a deficit of 19-17 before eventually losing out overall on 24-18.

A trip to North Down for Portadown B in Division Four proved another disappointing visit to the venue.

Noel Orr and his colleagues collected the only Portadown win, with the remaining rinks down by 29 shots overall.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Portadown face Coleraine on the road in the Irish Senior Cup. The B players’ Irish Junior Cup tie at the Pleasure Gardens will welcome Lisnagarvey.