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Comeback kings Portadown show guile to sink Warrenpoint

By Adrian Rutherford

A stirring comeback saw Portadown maintain their perfect start to the new season.

Two goals in seven second half minutes edged out Warrenpoint Town in a hard-fought game at Shamrock Park.

The Co Down side, still searching for their first point of the term, had taken a shock lead right at the end of the first half.

But the Ports turned it around through two quick goals after the restart. Gary Twigg pounced on a defensive error to level, before captain Keith O'Hara completed the comeback.

A lacklustre opening 45 minutes was lit up by Daniel Hughes' wonder-strike on the verge of half-time. After sending a free-kick crashing into the wall, he tried again from the rebound, aiming a stunning right-foot effort into the top corner.

Portadown should have gone ahead in the 29th minute. Chris Ramsey was taken down in the box, resulting in a penalty.

With Darren Murray suspended, responsibility fell to Casement. But Jonathan Parr dived to his left to push the ball clear. Moments later he denied Casement again, parrying away his long-range strike. Parr pulled off his third terrific stop when he shot up a glove to tip over Garry Breen's close-range header.

But the Ports turned the game around within seven second half minutes. They were level 90 seconds after the restart when Dermot McVeigh's header back fell short, allowing Twigg to nip in and slide the ball home.

And they were celebrating again in the 52nd minute as O'Hara put them in front.

The defender darted between two defenders to meet a Ross Redman corner and score with a downward header.

Late on David Miskelly made two wonder stops, touching Daniel Hughes' deflected effort on to the crossbar before saving brilliantly from sub Sean Donnelly.

PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, Redman, O'Hara, Ramsey, Breen, McMahon (Soares, 73), Mackle, Twigg, Mouncey, Garrett. Subs not used: Brennan, Oman, Richardson, Stewart

WARRENPOINT TOWN: Parr, King (Dane, 46), M Hughes, McVeigh, Moan (Donnelly, 75), McGuigan, S Hughes, D Hughes, Dolan (McCabe, 60), Bagnall, Boyle. Subs not used: Anderson, Smith

Man of match: David Miskelly

Referee: Steven Gregg (Ballyclare)

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