Ports back to earth with bump as Swans have lift-off

Currie admits Newington deserved big win

Portadown boss Niall Currie
Portadown boss Niall Currie

PORTADOWN boss Niall Currie watched his side’s hopes of an immediate return to the top flight suffer a hammer blow in a shock 4-0 defeat to Newington at Shamrock Park on Tuesday night before vowing to battle back into the PlayR-Fit Championship title race.

A Darren Stuart hat-trick did the damage for the north Belfast side, two of those goals coming in the first half to make it 2-0 at the break. Ruaidhrí Donnelly made it 3-0 to the Swans in the 71st minute before Stuart completed his superb treble four minutes later.

The Ports are in third place, seven points behind leaders Dundela who have a game in hand. Bangor are two points ahead of Portadown.

Currie said: “I apologise to our supporters. Well done to Newington, but you just can’t afford to gift teams a two-goal start. We will try to bounce back at Ballinamallard on Saturday.”


Portadown 0 Newington 4


Friday, February 23: Bangor v Ballyclare Comrades (7.45pm); Annagh v Dundela (8pm)

Saturday, February 24 (3pm): Ards v H&W Welders; Ballinamallard v Portadown; Institute v Newington; Knockbreda v Dergview