HOW IT HAPPENED: Portadown 1 Ballymena United 2

Ballymena United bounced back from conceding first to claim victory over Portadown at Shamrock Park by 2-1.

Saturday, 27th February 2021, 4:58 pm
Updated Saturday, 27th February 2021, 10:22 pm
Portadown manager Matthew Tipton.

F-T: Portadown 1 Ballymena United 2

91: SUB (Ballymena) - Kane on for McCartan

89: SUB (Ballymena) - Knowles on for Wylie

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey.

85: Ports substitute Murray at a stretch is unable to control his effort from the left-hand side of the area

83: SUB (Portadown) - Murray on for Salley

82: GOAL - Portadown 1 Ballymena United 2 (Redman)

Redman hooks home from close range after a scramble inside the box to attack a loose ball

80: SUB (Ballymena) - McCready on for Waide

80: SUB (Portadown) - Teggart on for Warde

77: Carney with another fine save as Waide drills in a low shot from inside the box

76: YELLOW (Ballymena United) - Hume

75: SUB (Portadown) - McKeown on for Wilson

66: Great opportunity for Portadown as Guy wins back possession off Redman then heads towards the target but Glendinning gets a touch to divert the effort

65: YELLOW (Portadown) - Wilson

58: YELLOW (Portadown) - Warde

55: Carney again with the stop as Winchester fires goalwards from distance

54: Portadown with a positive start to the second half but Carney pulls off a brilliant save to deny McCartan his second goal of the game

H-T: Portadown 1 Ballymena United 1

42: Ballymena with a strong finish to the half after grabbing an equaliser as Carney saves off McGrory then McCartan in quick succession

41: GOAL - Portadown 1 Ballymena United 1 (McCartan)

McCartan drifts across from left to right and takes advantage of the space afforded to angle a low drive beyond Carney from outside the area

40: Carney down low at his near post to collect Winchester's drive

38: Great opening on the counter by Portadown but Bonis opts to shoot from distance despite options either side and Ballymena stretched

30: GOAL - Portadown 1 (Warde) Ballymena United 0

A superb finish by Warde to break the deadlock against the run of play after clever work from Tilney and Bonis

16: McCartan with quick feet and a driving run to get into the box but McElroy at a stretch can only turn his low delivery over the bar

2: Early drive by Winchester from distance but Carney with strong hands to push away the effort for a corner-kick

6: McGrory's throw-in finds Kelly on the run and he bursts into the box then picks out Waide, who steers it wide from a great unmarked position

PORTADOWN: Carney, McCallum, Finnegan, Salley, Bonis, Wilson, Guy, Kerr, Warde, Scannell, Tilney.

Subs: Buchanan, McKeown, Lavery, Murray, Teggart, Conaty, Healy.

BALLYMENA UNITED: Glendinning, Redman, Winchester, McElroy, McCartan, Waide, McGrory, Hume, Kelly, S.Graham, Wylie.

Subs: D.Graham, Kane, Knowles, Ervin, Beattie, McCready, Farquhar.

REFEREE: Steven Gregg.