Physical Annagh United side end Ports winning start

Club captain James Peden during Satrurday's League game against Annagh. INCR34-126MJ
Club captain James Peden during Satrurday's League game against Annagh. INCR34-126MJ

Another goal from new signing Johnny Stewart against Annagh United on Saturday was the only positive that Portstewart fans could take as their side slipped to a 4-1 defeat against Portadown side Annagh United.

The Annagh line up featured many experienced players, and the Portstewart youngsters found themselves 2-0 down at the break thanks to strikes from Stretton and McCordick.

Lee Forgrave attempts to get away from an Annagh United winger during Saturday's league game at Seahaven. INCR34-127MJ

Lee Forgrave attempts to get away from an Annagh United winger during Saturday's league game at Seahaven. INCR34-127MJ

The second half saw Portstewart pushing forward in search of a goal. Doherty and Turner combined well, and Forgrave made a number of good runs in to the box, however it was the visitors who found the net to increase their lead. McCann nodded past Madison to make it 3-1.

At the other end, a good ball by Doherty found Stewart who grabbed his fourth goal in three games in the 73rd minute.

Substitute Shea Campbell cancelled out the Portstewart goal when he hit home to leave the final score 4-1 to the visitors.

Ports boss Gary Taylor wasn’t too down hearted about the defeat: “In many ways it was men against boys. They are a very experinced side, we are a young side, we have a number of players who played Reserve team football last season, and it is a big step up.”

Tumbling over the ball is Portstewart striker Johnny Stewart. INCR34-128MJ

Tumbling over the ball is Portstewart striker Johnny Stewart. INCR34-128MJ

Portstewart have drawn Bangor in the next round of the League Cup: “We were drawn out as the home team drawn, but the game is in the evening so it will be switched to Bangor. It will be good experience for our boys, we won’t be expecting any upsets.”

Portstewart's Johnny Stewart makes a run forward during Saturday 4-1 defeat at the hands of Annagh United. INCR34-129MJ

Portstewart's Johnny Stewart makes a run forward during Saturday 4-1 defeat at the hands of Annagh United. INCR34-129MJ