Championship Two: Ports sink Queen’s, Wakehurst and Sport and Leisure

DELIGHTED... Portstewart boss Gary Taylor.
DELIGHTED... Portstewart boss Gary Taylor.

PORTSTEWART grabbed their third win in a week, when they entertained Sport and Leisure on Easter Tuesday.

After a convincing win over third placed Queen’s last Tuesday night, the seasiders grabbed another three points with a 3-1 win over Wakehurst on Saturday. They finished off a good week with a 3-2 victory over Sport and Leisure.

James McLaughlin struck twice in Saturday’s win over Wakehurst. The first goal came from Ryan McLaughlin.

“In the last few matches we have been really up for it,” admitted Ports boss, Gary Taylor.

“The boys have been ready to go.

“It just shows that when we compete with the tops teams in this league, we are capable of beating them.”

Last Tuesday night, James Peden grabbed a hat-trick in a fine win over third placed Queen’s. Two free kicks and a strike from the half way line, saw the left back doing his bit to be in the running for leading goalscorer.

“James Peden and James McLaughlin have been very good for us this year,” said Taylor.

“They are locked in a battle now to see who will win the leading goalscorer. James Peden scored three against Queen’s, one from the half way line - a fantastic goal, one that we’ll probably never see again.

“And, on Saturday, James McLaughlin scored two. McLaughlin has been the difference for us this year. We have been missing someone who can put the ball in the back of the net, and hopefully he will continue to score.”

Speaking about Saturday’s win, Taylor went on: “ We went in front through Ryan McAllister after 10 minutes, but after that we stopped playing, and they got back into the game with an equaliser.

“We talked about things at half time, and to be honest there was never any doubt in the second half that we wouldn’t win.

“James scored twice in what was another all-round team performance.”

Portstewart travel to Knockbreda this Saturday.