Portadown RFC had a perfect weekend, with all teams who represented Portadown winning.
Starting with the youth teams, both the Boy’s Under 16s and Under 18s recorded great victories, both travelling away to Strabane. The Under 16s started slow, with the half time score 26-0 in favour to the home side, but Portadown came back in style to win the game 26-28. The Under 18s dominated all game to win 5-35 to secure a good morning for the youth teams!
Saturday saw the Men’s 1st XV travel to Barban Hill to play Dromore in another league fixture.
Looking to respond to their heavy loss to Clogher Valley the previous week, Portadown named a slightly changed team to combat Dromore and aim for victory. Both teams started strong, but after taking their chances early, Dromore scored first. Portadown, riled on by this score, then proceeded to take control of the game, and after some early pressure and impressive handling, Portadown scored through a powerful drive over the line from tighthead Prop Jonathon ‘Elvis’ Reid, scoring his first try for the 1st XV.
This turned the lead to the Portadown side who continued to improve their lead through two more penalties through Chris Cousins increased their lead to 8-13 at half time.
Portadown continued their dominance in the second half, through a strong scrum and lineout, with the backline also clicking to provide front football. With the game still neck and neck on the score line, the Front Row Union provided another score through Rab McClean to score his second score in successive weekends to leave the score 20-8.
Portadown looked to be running clear but a well worked try from a Dromore player put them back within 5 points at the end. After an extended period of pressure from Dromore during the last 10 minutes of the game, Portadown’s determination and teamwork showed through the tackling and defence which held the home team out and to give Portadown a well deserved away 15-20 win.
The 2nd XV hosted Omagh 3rd XV at Chamber’s Park and were looking a good response to their last game, a heavy loss against Clogher Valley. Naming a strong and youthful team, Portadown were in a fine fettle with a great performance from all with Danny Alexander, Luke Ashton(2), Jonny Hampton and Chris Thornbury all scoring with Adam Speers converting 3 and 2 penalties to give the home side a convincing 37-12. Man of the match was split between forward Andrew Hollywood and back Marshall Clint, both playing out of their skin.