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I thrive on pressure, says young Portadown goalscorer Harry Anderson

Portadown 1 Warrenpoint Town 0 


Harry Anderson. Credit: Alan Weir

Harry Anderson. Credit: Alan Weir

Harry Anderson. Credit: Alan Weir

As he fights to keep Portadown in the top flight, manager Paul Doolin needs players who can perform under pressure.

In teenage striker Harry Anderson he might well have found the perfect man.

On his first Danske Bank Premiership start, Anderson delivered possibly the most important goal of Portadown’s season, with his early second-half strike enough to beat Warrenpoint Town 1-0 in a huge game at the foot of the table.

“I like pressure, it makes me play better. It was good going out knowing that we needed the three points,” said Anderson.

“All of us were up for it before the game. Michael Ruddy gave us a good talk and that got us up for it.”

Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray — who saw Stephen Ball sent-off for alleged simulation in the final minutes — was angered by the nature of the goal, which leaves Point five points adrift at the bottom after losing to the Ports for the third time this season.

“The goal that we conceded was criminal. A disaster.

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“From centre forward to centre midfield to centre back to goalkeeper – right down the middle of the pitch an absolute disaster from front to back.”

PORTADOWN Barr, Hall, Beverland, Murphy, Ruddy, Stedman (Smith 88), Teggart, Conaty, Anderson, Salley. Unused subs: Burns, McCallum, Warde, Glenfield, Doherty, Chatee.

WARRENPOINT TOWN: McMullan, R O’Sullivan, Hand, Byrne, Ball, Gallagher, Dillon, McCaffrey (Hutchinson 69 mins), Leddy, Wade-Slater (A O’Sullivan 69 mins), Moorhouse. Unused subs: Coleman, Peers, Wixted, McKenna, Wilson.

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast).

Man of the match: Billy Stedman

Match rating: 7/10

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