Belfast Telegraph

Shock knockout blows land on Crusaders and Portadown in League Cup

By Graham Luney

The League Cup generated plenty of talking points beyond Windsor Park.

Portadown slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Warrenpoint Town while Championship strugglers Institute floored Crusaders in stunning fashion at Seaview.

Stephen Baxter's side had to come from behind on three occasions against fired up opponents but an extra time winner from Gareth Brown made it a happy trip home to the north-west.

Dean Curry got the scoring under way in the second minute but Stephen O'Flynn's header on 23 minutes restored parity.

Stute took the lead again thanks to a 44th-minute penalty when Garbhan Friel converted after a foul on Aaron Harkin.

The Crues levelled again with another spot-kick in the 50th minute through Andrew Mitchell after a foul on Michael Carvill.

The Drumahoe boys went in front when keeper Graeme McKibbin fumbled Robbie Hume's corner into the net.

Mitchell's second spot-kick of the night in the 90th minute rescued the hosts but Gareth Brown had the last laugh in the 117th minute, heading home at the back post.

At Shamrock Park, Shea Conaty scored the opener on 17 minutes but the lead was wiped out 10 minutes into the second half as Nathan Murphy's free-kick caught out keeper David Miskelly.

Town grabbed the winner through a Stephen Murray penalty in the 60th minute after Keith O'Hara's foul on Mark McCabe.

Coleraine needed a penalty shoot-out to overcome Championship leaders H&W Welders.

The Bannsiders were rocked on 19 minutes when Ryan Deans struck but James McLaughlin levelled the scores five minutes before half-time.

Oran Kearney's side kept their cup hopes alive by triumphing 3-1 in the shoot-out.

Ballymena United secured a 1-0 victory at Limavady United courtesy of Johnny Taylor's goal.

Ards cruised to a 2-0 victory at Annagh United, Ross Arthurs and Gary Warwick grabbing the goals.

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