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Dungannon take the first Premier scalp over Portadown

By John Flack

Ulster Premier League debutantes Dungannon proved they will be no pushovers after opening their campaign with a 1-0 win over Portadown at Edenvilla Park on Saturday.

It was their second victory in a row following their midweek Denman Ulster Shield success over the Ports.

On both occasions, it was team captain Lynda McQueen who led by example and inflicted the damage.

She popped up to hit the winner from a second half penalty corner after the hosts had dominated most of the possession.

"The standard maybe wasn't as good as it had been in the midweek game but it was good to get the important victory," said McQueen.

"We know it's going to be tough this season but we will just continue to work hard and see where it takes us."

Dungannon are one of four teams with maximum points at the top of the table after there were also wins for Belfast Harlequins, Lurgan and Queen's.

Meanwhile, Ards lifted the Marie Curie Cup after a win over Pegasus and a draw with the Ulster Elks as the local trio warmed up for the start of the IHL at Comber Road.

Ulster Premier League: Ballymoney 0 Lurgan 2 (C.Hull, K. Edgar); Belfast Harlequins 2 (J.Watt, C.Weir) Armagh 0; Lisnagarvey 0 Queen's 2 (M. McKenna, T. Hastings); Randalstown 1 (CJ McDonald) North Down 1 (K.Hill); Portadown 0 Dungannon 1 (L. McQueen).

Senior One: Ballymena 1 Knock 1; Banbridge 2 Rainey 1; Cookstown 1 Raphoe 4; Grosvenor 1 Ballyclare 3; Victorians 2 Larne 1. Marie Curie Cup: Ulster Elks 3 Ards 3 (C. Adams 2, S. Alexander); Ards 2 (S. Holdsworth, C. Adams 2) Pegasus 1 (T. Doherty); Pegasus 4 (A. Speers 2, S. Ferris, V. Surgeoner) Ulster Elks 1 (H. Irwin).

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