Gary Liggett moved into double figures in trhe scoring charts as Dungannon Swifts edged closer to the comfort zone in their quest for survival, the striker showing a clinical edge on a day of missed chances in a 1-1 draw at Shamrock Park.
His first half header was his sixth in the league this term, with another four goals coming in the two main cup competitions.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to secure all three points, with Portadown hitting back in the second period through Chris Casement.
However, Casement’s afternoon ended in frustration when he and Robert Garrett were sent off in a bad-tempered finale.
The point was the least Dungannon deserved after another encouraging performance.
Darren Murphy’s side have lost just twice in the league since the turn of the year, and are now eight points above the drop zone.
Liggett felt they more than merited a point.
“I thought it was a good performance – particularly in the first half,” the forward said.
“In the first five minutes we were a bit edgy and Alvin Rouse pulled us out of a couple of holes, but after that we did really well.
“We went 1-0 ahead and thoroughly deserved it.”