A combination of Kevin Braniff’s brilliance and Glentoran’s generosity handed Portadown the spoils in the Ports’ last home match of the season.
The midfielder’s pin-point passing set up the goals for Richard Lecky and Alan Teggart, but both were given more than a little help from the out-of-sorts Oval team.
Braniff left Colin Nixon for dead down the left for the first after six minutes and squared the ball to the unmarked Lecky who swept it home from six yards.
The second was an even greater gift with the number 10 pushing it to Teggart whose half-hit effort — was it a cross or a shot? — was propelled over his own line by keeper Elliott Morris.
“It was a poor display,” said Glens manager Scott Young. “I simply can’t single out a player who stood out, and you can be sure there’ll be movement in and out of Glentoran in the close season. This simply won’t do.”
They were awful in the first-half, but nothing went right after the interval, with substitute Johnny Taylor, one of two brought on at the restart, carried off on a stretcher. Soon afterwards Nixon hobbled off – when all three subs had been used. So they were down to 10 men for the last half-hour of the game.
Ports manager Ronnie McFall said: “We deserved the points and I’m convinced we’d have made a European spot had it not been for a glut of matches at the turn of the year when fatigue set in.”