There were no goals, but plenty of action as Newry City and Portadown had to settle for a point each last night.
The early stages were all about Kevin Braniff for the Ports as he looked far and away the best player on the pitch.
It was his shot that took a huge deflection off Gavin McDonnell after just three minutes and sent the ball spinning towards the bottom left hand corner, but Newry keeper Andy Coleman got down low to save.
Braniff nearly struck a wonder goal after Ryan McCluskey had got away with a blatant off the ball punch on Cullen Feeney in front of an incensed City bench.
He cut down the left wing and turned inside McDonnell before unleashing a wicked shot that flew past Coleman, but struck the inside of the post.
Newry had the best chance of the game on 55 minutes. Coleman’s long clearance out of his area was totally misjudged by Ports captain John Convery and his header flew back and straight into the path of Chris Morgan, but his shot was tipped over the bar by David Miskelly.
Newry City: A Coleman, King, R Black, Feeney, Friars, Munster, Garrett (Graham 80), Davidson, Morgan (Adamczyk 80), McDonnell, Ferguson. Subs: Quinn, Cassidy, Keegan.
Portadown: Miskelly, C Coleman, O’Hara, McCullough, Convery, Kelly, McCutcheon, McCluskey (Clarke 85), N Teggart, Braniff, A Teggart (Boyle 68). Subs not used: Hunter, Wright, Haire.
Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)