Matthew Shevlin celebrates grabbing Ards' third goal in stoppage time (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 11 February 2017
New Portadown boss Niall Currie saw his side fall to a heavy and crucial defeat to his former club at Shamrock Park.
Ards got off to a bright start with Michael Ruddy turning the ball wide from close range early on before Eamon McAllister tested 'keeper Jack Duffin with a snapshot from some 20 yards.
But the visitors did move ahead on 24 minutes when a Ruddy cross broke for Kyle Cherry and he volleyed beyond the 'keeper from six yards.
Niall Henderson might have levelled after half-an-hour only for his half volley from outside the box to be well palmed away by Aaron Hogg.
Portadown lost Ken Oman seven minutes from the break after picking up a straight red card for a late challenge on Johnny Taylor.
It didn't get any better for the Ports soon after. Despite being awarded a penalty after Hogg had upended Tiarnan Mulvenna Henderson couldn't convert after the 'keeper redeemed himself by diving to his right to turn the ball onto an upright.
Ards almost doubled their advantage early in the second half with a Gareth Tommons volley before Guillaume Keke burst through only to see his shot blocked by Duffin.
Then Ross Arthurs was denied by a goalline Keith O'Hara clearance before, eventually, he went one better on 64 minutes with Ards' second goal, a product of Keke's pace and power down the right.
Substitute Matthew Shevlin completed the scoring three minutes into added time with a long angled drive just moments after coming on.
Portadown: Duffin, Shannon, O'Hara, Oman, Breen, Henderson, Garrett, Hazley, McGerrigan, Foley, Mulvenna subs McGaughey (not used), R. Larkin (not used), Carson (replaced Shannon 54), Dolan (replaced Foley 64), Gardiner (replaced McGerrigan 71)
Ards: Hogg, Hall, Taylor, Doherty, Friars, Ruddy, Tommons, Arthurs, Cherry, McAllister, Keke subs McComb (not used), McCullough (replaced Doherty 64), Bradley (not used), Shevlin (replaced Keke 90), Hughes (replaced Arthurs 90)
Referee: Shane Andrews
|Josh Doherty||45 +3||64|
|Matthew Shevlin||90||90 +3|