Setanta Sports Cup: Sligo Rovers 3 Portadown 0
Portadown will face an uphill battle in the second leg of their Setanta Sports Cup quarter-final against Sligo Rovers.
John Dillon, John Russell and substitute Rafael Cretaro struck for the League of Ireland side in last night’s first meeting to give themselves a great chance of facing Shamrock Rovers in the semi-final.
The opening goal arrived on 21 minutes with Iarfhlaith Davoren’s cross from the left picking out Matthew Blinkhorn.
The striker’s header was saved by David Miskelly, but the ball broke out to Dillon, whose shot deflected to the net for his third goal in two games.
Portadown did manage to put the ball in the Sligo net on 28 minutes, but Richard Lecky was adjudged to have fouled Gavin Peers before netting.
Portadown were improved after the restart and had calls for a penalty turned down when Keith O’Hara’s shot struck Peers.
Sligo claimed their second on a sharp counter attack. Aaron Greene did the hard work, skipping past two challenges before pulling the ball back for John Russell to tap home from close range.
Russell turned provider for the third on the stroke of full-time, as Cretaro fired low to the corner from inside the area.
SLIGO ROVERS: Kelly, Keane, Peers, Foran, Davoren, Dillon (Cretaro 63), Russell, Ryan, Greene, Doyle, Blinkhorn (Ventre 85).
PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Craig, Gartland, Ramsey, O’Hara, Boyle, Mackle (Baker 81), Mouncey (McCabe 69), Teggart, Haire, Lecky.
Referee: Thomas Connolly (Dublin).