Irish Premiership: Portadown 3-1 Glentoran

Mark McAllister celebrates after scoring for Portadown against Glentoran
Mark McAllister's 44th-minute goal gave Portadown the lead against Glentoran

Portadown sealed a crucial win with two late goals against Glentoran who finished with nine men as Calum Birney and Stephen McAlorum were sent-off.

Mark McAllister got in behind the Glens defence to give the Ports the lead just before half-time but David Scullion chipped a fine equaliser on 53 minutes.

Birney got a second yellow card for hand-ball but Chris Casement put the resulting penalty wide.

Gary Twigg made it 2-1 and Casement got the third with another spot-kick.

McAlorum then got a second booking for kicking out at Ports full-back Casement.

Ports joint top after victory over nine man Glentoran at Shamrock Park

Despite the win, Portadown have been knocked off the top of the table by champions Cliftonville who lead on goal difference after a 7-0 win over Ballymena.

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall: "It is always a hard game against Glentoran and it took us a while to get into the game.

"But three super strikes earned us three points. I always thought we were going to win.

"Chris Casement showed a lot of character in stepping up to take the second penalty after missing that first one and he put it away with some aplomb."

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson: "The two players who were sent-off will be dealt with internally by the club as will those who showed dissent. That is club protocol.

"We got caught out by a high ball for the first goal. We scored a good equaliser but then disintegrated.

"But I thought the turning point was a two-footed tackle by Chris Ramsey. It came early in the game and it should have been a red card."