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Chris Lavery inspires Portadown to MASSIVE win as Championship campaign kick-starts

By Josh Bunting

Winger Chris Lavery netted twice as he helped to inspire Portadown to a 7-0 win over Dergview on Wednesday evening.

Kyle McVey, David McCullough, Gary Warwick and Darren Henderson were also on target while there was an own goal thrown into the mix too. It marks two huge wins on the bounce for the Ports, adding their 6-0 weekend success at Lurgan Celtic. It's the first time the Ports have won back-to-back games since the opening two matches of the season.

The big wins have reignited their promotion campaign, firing Niall Currie's men up to fifth in the table, four points off third-placed Newry City.

Niall Currie’s side took the lead when dangerous winger Chris Lavery latched onto a cross from the right to head the ball into the net leaving goalkeeper Alan Buchanan with no chance.

One then became two on 15 minutes as Dergivew failed to clear yet another cross, the ball fell to the feet of Kyle McVey before he lashed into the net for a goal that visiting manager Richard Clarke would have been furious at conceding.

It was all pressure from the home side after a difficult week with issues financially off the pitch, but it was as good as game over by 25 minutes when Adam Buchanan directed the ball into his own net from another troublesome Lavery delivery.

Currie will have been delighted of what he had seen from his side, especially coming off the back of a 6-0 victory over local rivals Lurgan Celtic on Saturday. They had the ball in the net once again on 33 minutes when David McCullough got on the end of a corner to head home.

It could have been even worse for Dergview as Adam Salley hit a powerful strike from 30 yards out that beat Buchanan in the Dergview goal all ends up however the ball crashed of the crossbar and bounced away to safety.

It was the visitors who could have pulled a goal back on 39 minutes as Matthew Callaghan saw his powerful strike well saved down low to his right from McGaughey, the rebound coming out to former Ballinamallard United striker Ryan Campbell, but his low effort was well blocked by Fra Brennan.

Portadown made it five on 42 minutes as Lavery crossed low from the left into Gary Warwick before the former Ards man slotted int to the delight of the Shamrock Park faithful.

Two minutes into the second half Portadown had their sixth as Darren Henderson hit a stunning strike from range into the top corner one that even Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud of, the Ports scoring six goals in consecutive games.

Dergview were then inches way from pulling back a consolation goal on 55 minutes when Stephen Browne cracked a shot of the crossbar from just outside the area before Campbell stabbed the rebound wide of the target.

Lavery however made it seven for the Ports as he latched onto a long goal kick from McGaughey before he fired his strike across the face of goal and into the back of the net.

It was the former Glentoran and Lurgan Celtic man who could have had his hat-trick and the Ports eighth on 72 minutes as he was played in by Luke Wilson, but he stumbled at the last minute before he could get a shot away on goal.

McGaughey kept his clean sheet intact as he made a fantastic low save to keep out Aaron Arkinson as he skipped around the Ports defence before firing a low shot goal wards, but the keeper got down low to tip the ball away from the target.

Portadown were playing some sensational football and they could have had an eighth when Salley turned the Dergview defence in the final minute of the game however his low effort was well kept out by the legs of Buchanan in the Dergview goal.

Portadown: McGaughey, Henderson, Brennan,McVey,McCallum,McCullough,Kilmartin,Warwick,Henderson,Salley,Lavery.

Dergview: Alan Buchanan, Wallace, Falconer, Adam Buchanan,Wray,McManus,Buchanan,Callaghan,Arkinson,Campbell, McGlynn.

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