Portadown 5 Lisburn Distillery 1
Big Tommy Wright will be spending the next week pondering how to shore up his porous defence that has shipped nine goals in two matches and plunged the Whites to the foot of the Carling Premiership table.
“The defence capitulated,” said the Whites manager frankly after the Ports plundered four in the last half-hour when at least two of the goals could be attributed the defensive blunders.
No wonder he kept the dressing-room door locked for half-an-hour for a post-mortem.
Wright added: “We were well on top in the first 15 minutes of the second half, with the score at one-all, and could have gone ahead, had Gary Liggett not missed an easy chance. He turned their defence brilliantly, but he hit the ball over the top from six yards.
“We also had a stonewall penalty turned down in the first-half when Neal Galwey and their goalkeeper (David Miskelly) tangled. But there’s no point in even trying to discuss these things with referees. They don’t listen.”
That Liggett miss acted as a spur to the Ports, who had gone ahead on 36 minutes with a brilliant first-time strike from man-of-the-match Kevin Braniff, which was answered by a wonderful header from Galwey 10 minutes after the break, during the Whites’ best spell.
But after the Liggett faux pas, the Ports — inspired by Braniff, Matthew Tipton and substitute Wesley Boyle – went on the rampage and smashed in four, with Braniff again on target, aided and abetted by Tipton (2) and Shane McCabe.
Ports manager Ronnie McFall said: “If we can retain this sort of form we’ll be a force to be reckoned with in this league.”