Ports return to league action with an impressive victory

Leeanne Cassells celebrates her 1st goal for Portadown Ladies 1st aganist Civil Service.INPT42-607.
Leeanne Cassells celebrates her 1st goal for Portadown Ladies 1st aganist Civil Service.INPT42-607.

Portadown Ladies firsts returned to league action last Saturday.

And they had a 3-0 victory over Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) in a Senior One fixture at Edenvilla.

Two goals from Leeanne Cassells, and a third goal in two games from Kim Scott were enough to seal a fourth league win of the season, but NICS were tough opposition who made the Ports work hard for three points.

A flying start from the home team saw them take the lead after three minutes. Leeanne Cassells’ first shot was well saved by the NICS keeper but Cassells picked up the rebound and pushed it beyond the keeper for a one goal lead.

Despite enjoying the majority of possession in the opening 10 minutes, the Ports couldn’t add to their tally and NICS slowly took control of the midfield as the home side let their concentration slip and allowed the visitors into the game.

A nervy five minutes from the home side was punished as the NICS forward pounced on mis-directed pass to fire beyond Portadown keeper Zoe Jackson and go into the break at one goal each.

However it took less for a minute of the second half for Portadown to go ahead again. Captain Pam Gilpin set up the chance with a perfectly weighted pass, splitting the defence and setting Cassells up for a close range finish.

Portadown dominated the rest of the game, creating several good chances and were unlucky with a penalty stroke claim, and a shot back off the post before Kim Scott added a third from a penalty corner switch.

The home defence was rarely troubled in the second half as Portadown’s solid start to the season continued. They travel to Ballymena this week, for a difficult game against a team that beat them 2-1 early this season in the Senior Cup.

The Thirds were also in action on Saturday, travelling to Saintfield in a bid to keep their unbeaten start to the season and put in a great performance to run out 2-0 winners. Ellen Heny and Emma Topley were the goalscorers.

The Seconds match against Harlequins on Friday night was postponed due to the weather. They play this Friday night at home to Dromore while the Thirds go to Mossley.