UK news Matthew Tipton thrilled with "dream start" as Portadown put four past rivals Glenavon to return to top flight with a bang last news
MetiNews.Com - Portadown are back in the big time - and they are back with a bang.
Breaking News ! "Portadown are back in the big time - and they are back with a bang. Overjoyed manager Matthew Tipton put his team's 4-2 Mid-Ulster derby win over Glenavon down to hard work on the training ground as they collected three points on their return to the Premiership.Stephen Murray's two first-half goals put the Ports in the driving seat before an enthralling second 45 minutes that saw Glenavon hit back through Peter Campbell before Lee Bonis restored the two-goal lead.James Singleton set up a thrilling finale when he made it 3-2 with five minutes to go, but it was the Ports who scored again through Aaron Burns, with what was the last kick of the game as referee Ian McNabb blew the final whistle."It's a dream start for us," said Tipton."We're coming up and we're not expected to win many games, but I don't really care what people think."We came with a game plan, we executed it perfectly and I am delighted with that."I'm sure the fans will be delighted, I am happy for them because they couldn't be here and I am sure they were sitting at home with a glass of something and are more than happy with the performance and the result."After three and a half years outside the top flight, it took Portadown just seven minutes to announce themselves back with a goal more than worthy of gracing the big stage.The move flowed the length of the pitch as George Tipton picked up the ball from goalkeeper Ben Pierce, looked up and played a lofted pass in behind Glenavon right-back Robbie Norton for Chris Lavery to run onto. His low, driven cross was perfectly placed across the six-yard box for Murray to tap in the Ports' first Premiership goal since April 2017.They didn't have to wait anywhere near as long for their second as ex-Glenavon favourite Murray doubled his tally on the half-hour mark.Lavery was key in the build-up once again as his pass split the defence and Murray collected before going one-on-one with James Taylor and slotting the ball through the goalkeeper's legs.Glenavon finished the first half in the ascendancy and Gary Hamilton made a double substitution at half-time in an attempt to bring fresh impetus to his team, with Jack O'Mahony and Conor McCloskey introduced on the right-hand side.McCloskey began to stamp his authority on the game straight away, winning a free-kick in the corner seconds after the break.
.O'Mahony picked up the ball after a headed clearance from Paddy McNally, played it forward to McCloskey and his low, driven cross beat everyone as it went all the way to the far post, where Campbell tapped in.Glenavon looked the team most likely to get the next goal as first Jordan Jenkins fired over and then Greg Hall cleared Danny Purkis' header off the line when he looked sure to score.Portadown looked to have popped the Lurgan Blues' balloon when they made it 3-1 with 10 minutes to go. Murray turned provider this time, collecting Nathan Kerr's pass and delivering a wicked cross to the edge of the six-yard box, where Bonis slid in to score.The hosts weren't about to give up, though, and they were back in the game five minutes later. McCloskey played his part again, whipping in a corner from the right and Singleton headed in unchallenged from close range with Pierce unable to get enough contact on the ball to keep it out of the net.Portadown would have been happy if the final whistle had sounded there and then but, after sustaining a period of pressure as Glenavon pushed for an equaliser, it was the men in red who finished on a high.They caught the Mourneview men napping at the back and Murray sent Burns through and, with only Taylor to beat, he rounded off a perfect return.Glenavon boss Hamilton was upset at the quality of the defending that led to three of the Ports goals."I am disappointed. We don't want to lose derby games, but there wasn't going to be any other outcome whenever we defended the way we did," said Hamilton."In the first half, they played two balls into the channel and their only two chances of the half they scored two goals from, in my opinion, schoolboy defending."In the second half, we played with a lot more energy and we got ourselves back in the game, but then they go down the pitch, the cross comes in and their player is hungrier to get on the end of it at the back post to make it 3-1.""
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