Niall Henderson opened the scoring for Portadown (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Portadown cruised to a comprehensive victory over Donegal Celtic to progress in the Northern Ireland League Cup.
Niall Henderson fired the Ports into the lead just after a quarter-of-an-hour had elapsed when he made the most of a poor clearance to slot the ball past the 'keeper from the edge of the area.
And the Ports more or less killed the game off as a contest with two goals in quick succession midway through the first half.
Brendan Shannon made it 2-0 on 26 minutes when he diverted a Mikey Withers cross from the left past Sean McIlhone. Then, a short time later, Eoin Kirwan added a third with a low, hard finish into the bottom right corner.
Withers then got his name on the scoresheet early in the second half with a spot-kick into the bottom left corner but, on 63 minutes, Celtic pulled one back with a smart Thomas Conlon finish from inside the area.
The scoring was completed with two late goals. On 85 minutes, Nathaniel Ferris scored with a downward header from around five yards before, a minute later, Matthew Rooney grabbed number six after cutting inside to beat McIlhone.
Portadown: McGaughey, Carson, Rodgers, Oman, Murdock, Shannon, Henderson, Kirwan, Ferris, Simpson, Withers subs Larkin (not used), Haire (not used), Parker (replaced Rodgers 64), Mouncey (replaced Oman 51), Rooney (replaced Kirwan 71)
Donegal Celtic: McIlhone, Rossborough, Munce, Rayner, Dunlop, Conway, Derry, Monaghan, Kopyt, Conlon, Hughes subs Deery (not used), McVarnock (replaced Conway 71), Curtis (replaced Kopyt 71), McAuley (replaced Hughes 75)
Referee: Lee Tavinder