Belfast Telegraph

Sloppy Ports miss chance to pull clear at the summit


By Stuart McKinley

Portadown missed a trick when they were unable to treat their fans to a victory over Queen's University that would have seen them go clear above Loughgall at the top of the Bluefin Sport Championship table.

Leading 3-0 after Stephen Teggart had netted early in the second-half to add to first-half strikes from Callum Ferris and Adam Salley, the Ports lost defender Adam McCallum - who was injured in celebrating the third goal - and, just past the hour mark, Queen's had brought it back to 3-2, with two goals in a minute.

An unfortunate own goal from Paul Finnegan, followed by a strike from Jonah Mitchell, gave the Students unexpected momentum and, with eight minutes to go, the comeback was complete when Ronan Young arrowed a free-kick into the top corner.

The point does put the Ports on top on goal difference after previous leaders Loughgall slumped to a 4-1 defeat at home to Ballyclare Comrades.

The visitors led at half-time thanks to Joe Tully and the lead was doubled early in the second period by Fra Nolan.

Thomas Nolan and Jake McNeill added the third and fourth in the final quarter, either side of Peter Campbell netting a consolation for the Villagers.

Those results allowed Ballinamallard United to close the gap on the leaders to just two points with a 3-1 win away to Newry City.

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Matthew Smyth and Joshua McIlwaine put the Mallards 2-0 before Mark McCabe pulled one back. Ryan Campbell then netted the third to ensure the win for Harry McConkey's men.

Dundela got their first league win in six games when they beat bottom-placed Knockbreda 5-0.

A David McMaster hat-trick and a further strike from Carl McComb had them 4-0 up at the break and Tiarnan McNicholl completed the nap hand in the second-half.

Ards won for just the second time in six games when they beat PSNI 3-0. Goals from Ben Cushnie and Michael McClellan had them 2-0 up at half-time and Scott McMillan added a third late on.

A 3-0 win over Dergview was H&W Welders' third in their last four games. Matthew Ferguson and Lukas Gwiazda scored in the first-half before Alan McMurty struck after the break.

RESULTS: Ards 3 PSNI 0; Dergview 0 H&W Welders 3; Dundela 5 Knockbreda 0; Loughgall 1 Ballyclare Comrades 4; Newry City 1 Ballinamallard United 3; Queen's 3 Portadown 3.

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