Portadown were defeated 1-0 on Saturday afternoon by rivals Glenavon at Shamrock Park.
Following last Saturdays crucial win over Warrenpoint Town, the Ports made 2 changes with Adam McCallum replacing Paul Finnegan through suspension and Sam Warde replacing an injured Adam Salley.
The visitors made 2 changes also from last weeks 2-0 defeat to Glentoran, with Callum Birney replacing Andrew Doyle and Andy Hall replacing the suspended Matthew Snoddy.
On 3 minutes, Stephen Teggart had a shot from inside the box cleared away by the Glenavon defence.
On 7 minutes, Portadown had a goal ruled out from Oisin Conaty after the linesman flagged for an infringement.
On 11 minutes, Portadown’s Sam Warde found himself in a great position on the left side of the box, with the midfielder sending his effort over the bar.
On 15 minutes, Ports defender Reece Jordan had a free kick from outside the box go wide of the post.
On 25 minutes, Glenavons Sean Ward had a header from a free kick fail to hit the target.
On 36 minutes it would be 1-0 to the visitors, following a one two between Matthew Fitzpatrick and Peter Campbell, with the latter squeezing into space to give Glenavon the lead.
A moment of drama would happen soon after, when following the restart Campbell would see a straight red card after collecting Barney McKeown in a meaty challenge.
On 42 minutes, the visitors would be reduced to nine men, this time former Ports midfielder Robert Garrett would get his marching orders for a two footed challenge on Michael Ruddy.
Half time score:
Glenavon 1 (Campbell 36’ s/o 37’, Garrett s/o 42’)
On 46 minutes, Oisin Conaty had a poorly connected with shot go wide of the post.
On 51 minutes Stephen Teggart had a shot on the right side of the box blocked by Danny Wallace, before having a half volley wide of the post soon after.
On 62 minutes, Harry Anderson found himself in a great position in the box, however couldn’t get contact on the ball.
On 67 minutes, a Lee Bonis header failed to trouble Glenavon keeper James Taylor following a cross.
Going into the last twenty minutes, the Ports struggled to fashion any serious threats on goal, and on 92 minutes, Sammie McLeod had a low shot easily gathered by James Taylor in the Glenavon goal.
After four additional minutes, referee Keith Kennedy blew the full time whistle to round of a disappointing day for the Ports, who lacked the guile and intensity to make use of the two man advantage.
Full time score:
Glenavon 1 (Campbell 36’, S/O 37’, Garrett S/O 42’)
Portadown XI (managed by Matthew Tipton): 19.Barr (GK), 2.Hall, 3.Ruddy (booked 24’), 4.McCallum, 6.McKeown (replaced by E Teggart 76’), 10.Bonis (C) (booked 7’), 14.Conaty (replaced by Glenfield 82’), 20.S Teggart, 22.McLeod (booked 58’), 23.Warde, 25.Jordan (replaced by Anderson 46’)
Portadown substitutes: 1.Doherty (GK) (unused), 11.Anderson, 24.Glenfield, 26.Murphy (unused), 27.Wood (unused), 32.Willis (unused), 36.E Teggart
Glenavon starting XI (managed by Gary Hamilton): 18.Taylor (GK), 4.Birney, 7.Waterworth, 8.O’Connor, 10.Campbell (scorer 36’, S/O 37’), 11.Hall, 19.Fitzpatrick, 23.Wallace, 27.Singleton, 28.Garrett (S/O 42’), 30.Ward
Glenavon substitutes: 2.Stafford (unused), 6.A Doyle (unused), 12.Beggs (unused), 15.Harmon (unused), 17.McCloskey (unused), 25.Hunter (unused), 26.J Doyle (unused)
PSS Man of the Match sponsor: Eden Reds Supporters Club.
Match Ball sponsors: Eden Reds Supporters Club and Paul Hunniford.
Match sponsors: Stewart McClelland Cars, Murray Tyres, Ransconi Pet Products and Eden Reds Supporters Club.
Written by Alex Morrison.