Great midweek win in Portadown

North Down travelled to Portadown on Tuesday to play a rearranged league fixture in the knowledge that a victory would almost certainly secure their Premier status for next season.

North Down got the perfect start when after 2 minutes a poor clearance fell to McKeown.  His shot was saved but the ball broke to Wilson who scored from close range.  The game was played at a fast pace as both sides probed for an opening.  Portadown won a couple of corners but these were cleared.  From the third Coates made a fine save deflecting the ball onto the post but a Portadown forward was first to the rebound and hammered home the equaliser.  Defences were on top and few clear chances were created by either side.

The second half followed a similar pattern with both sides moving the ball around quickly but neither able to create a clear cut chance.  Both sides won corners but it was the North Down routine that looked strongest on the evening with Coates only being required to make a fine stick save from an early corner.  After 10 minutes Gilmoreā€™s delivery was accurate and Shepherd hammered home.  North Down were in control at this stage and Portadown faded.  It was no surprise when Shepherd added his second again from a corner with Knipe in the Portadown goal having no chance.

North Down played out time and were comfortable 3-1 winners

On Saturday they travel to Limerick for their semi final Irish Trophy tie against Limerick.

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