Dungannon Swifts ride early goal momentum to see off Portadown and claim basement battle spoils

A goal after 21 seconds helped Dungannon earn their first points of the season in this basement battle against Portadown.

Both sides went into this Mid-Ulster derby under massive pressure, having lost their opening six games.

But it was the Swifts who finally got their campaign up and running, increasing the pressure on Ports boss Paul Doolin.

In a game no side could afford to lose, they were a goal behind before they even completed a pass, with Rhyss Campbell scoring.

Ryan Mayse, starting for the first time this season after returning from injury, added a second from the penalty spot.

Portadown, bottom of the table and without a point after seven games, were rocked by that early goal right after kick-off.

After Dean Curry played it down the left, Campbell captured Joe McCready’s header and crossed to James Convie.

He was twice denied by a defender but Campbell continued his run, deftly turning and finding the top corner.

The Swifts needed two big saves from Declan Dunne.

The first came when Jason Akiotu charged into the box and aimed for the top corner, but the keeper made a superb save.

Later, Billy Stedman played a cross from deep to Jordan Jenkins at the back post, but Dunne clawed away again.

The second half got off to a similarly hectic start when Dungannon was awarded a penalty 50 seconds into the restart.

Tumelo Tlou is said to have pushed Michael Ruddy and referee Ben McMaster awarded a penalty. Mayse took the free kick, the ball went in the post.

The ports’ best chance came late when captain Paddy McNally’s header hit the bar.

Dungannon Swifts: Dunne, McGee, Breen, Curry (McGinty 84), Marron, Ruddy, Barr, Convie (Knowles 68), Campbell, Mayse (Coyle 90), McCready (Gallagher 90).

Subs not used: Nelson, Cushnie, Smith.

PORTADOWN: Barr, Tlou, Akiotu, Conaty (Almanzar 61), Upton, Donnellan (Mashigo 67), Stedman, Jenkins, Russell, McNally, Archer (Teggart 56).

Subs not used: Burns, Beverland, Moore, Mitchell.

Referee: Ben McMasterPortadown

man of the match: Ryan Mayse

Game rating: 7/10 Dungannon Swifts ride early goal momentum to see off Portadown and claim basement battle spoils

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