This was United’s last match of the season and many would have said that their chances of getting anything out of this game never mind the one the week before would be pretty slim. These tasks were made all the more difficult given the absence of a number of experienced players and the management team having to draft a few untried second teamers.
Things started well for the visitors when Ian McMullan struck the opening goal after about 20 minutes and this gave them something to hold onto. The home team laid siege to the United goal but the defence of Boal, Majury, Brashaw and Wilson gave the outstanding Bryan McMullan great cover. The home team’s pressure paid off when they equalised before half time.
United’s midfield of Stuart McMullan, Dalton Tate, Aaron Cheevers and David Kelly worked tirelessly throughout and with Ian McMullan running endlessly and causing the Portaferry defence all sorts of problems United began to believe that they could do it.
Midway through the second half Ian McMullan banged in the second goal and then as Portaferry laid siege to the visitor’s goal he headed in a third on one of United’s rare excursions into the opposition half to secure the three points.
The small band of United supporters ended their season’s travels with a great win and didn’t have to wait for goal keeper Bryan McMullan to come forward as he did the previous week to get his team a point.