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Ports down abject Swifts

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Ports down abject Swifts thumbnailChris Hegarty makes a last gasp challenge on Portadown’s Stephen Hughes.

A REVITALISED Portadown outplayed a subdued Dungannon at Shamrock Park on Saturday.

Portadown...2
Dungannon Swifts...0

The bottom side have finally reached plus points following their sizeable deduction at the start of the season and they fully deserved their win.

A goal from Swifts old boy Mark McAllister and a second from Stephen Hughes condemned the Swifts to defeat.

And Dungannon had centre back Chris Hegarty and goalkeeper Andy Coleman sent off to round off a miserable afternoon.

Portadown had the better of the early exchanges at Shamrock Park and had a couple of good chances in the opening 15 minutes.

The first came when a Brendan Shannon corner made life difficult for Andy Coleman and from his palm out Keith O'Hara came steaming in with a header which was well blocked on the line.

And in the 14th minute Stephen Hughes sidestepped a challenge and cracked a fine left footed effort against Coleman's right hand post.

Dungannon's best effort in the opening half hour was an Andrew Mitchell free kick from just outside the box which the Portadown goalkeeper did well to hold.

And a minute later a free kick at the opposite end from Garry Breen whistled just wide of the post.

Portadown were continuing to put the pressure on and were presented with an opportunity by Dungannon clumsiness in the 32nd minute, a poor kick out by Coleman landing at the feet of Stephen Hughes on the edge of the box and he looked as if he was about to score, only to be stopped by a fine Chris Hegarty challenge.

It was 1-0 five minutes later, Stephen Hughes finding space on the edge of the area, skipping round Andy Coleman and hitting a fine shot against the post, but it fell to Mark McAllister to fire into the roof of the net on the rebound.

Dungannon finally put some decent football together after going behind and created a decent opening for Mitchell after nice play down the left, but the big front man couldn't quite get his header from a Jarlath O'Rourke delivery on target.

A double substitution at half time by Rodney McAree indicated what he thought of his side's first half showing, introducing Kris Lowe and Peter McMahon for Ryan Harpur and Cormac Burke.

The Swifts certainly had a greater attacking intent in the early exchanges, and had a couple of half chances through Andrew Mitchell, who couldn't quite convert.

Dungannon were having the majority of the play but not creating a great deal of opportunities, though Mitchell forced McCaughey in the Portadown goal into a good save from his low drive from an angle.

Things went from bad to worse for the Swifts on 67 minutes when Chris Hegarty got his marching orders after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Aaron Haire, though the decision was very harsh.

And the red card was out again four minutes later as Keith O'Hara received his second yellow card for kicking the ball against a prone Jamie Glackin after the midfielder had been fouled.

However, despite parity being restored in terms of the number of players each team had on the pitch, Portadown doubled their lead in style on 75 minutes.

McAllister won the ball back in an advanced position and neatly lobbed a ball through to Stephen Hughes, who sidestepped a defender and drilled past Coleman into the net.

It should have been 3-0 in the 85th minute when Robert Garrett waltzed through the Dungannon defence, but he then took too long on the ball, allowing Dougie Wilson to get back and block his effort on the line.

There was never any indication of a Dungannon revival and after the final whistle, Andy Coleman saw red for his protestations to referee Arnie Hunter.

Much better will be needed from the Swifts on Boxing Day when they host Ballinamallard. Kick off on Monday, 26th December is at 3pm.

Dungannon Swifts - Andy Coleman, Andrew Burns, Chris Hegarty, David Armstrong, Jarlath O'Rourke (Paul McElroy 62), Ryan Harpur (Peter McMahon 46), Dougie Wilson, Ally Teggart, Cormac Burke (Kris Lowe 46), Jamie Glackin, Andrew Mitchell.

Unused subs - Stuart Addis, Terry Fitzpatrick.

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