Published Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Guy Bates collects the match ball after his hat-trick in the Mid-Ulster derby. (© Pacemaker)
It was only the third victory for the Lurgan Blues in the last 30 Mid-Ulster derbies with the Ports.
The result sees Glenavon move up to second in the Danske Bank Premiership.
Portadown came into the game in better form, sitting second and coming up against Gary Hamilton's side who had lost their last two games in the League.
Their opening goal came from a tried and tested Gareth McKeown long throw-in.
When Portadown missed their chances to clear, Bates nipped in to poach the goal from close-range.
Just eight minutes later, it was two, ex-Ports star Kyle Neill holding off Chris Casement, before floating a delightful finish into the top corner of the net.
Portadown responded immediately to make it 1-2 when Gary Twigg clipped home from the six yard line.
However, Glenavon re-established their two-goal advantage when Rhys Marshall teed up to Bates who fired home low into the net on 39 minutes.
In the second half, Portadown stood off Bates and as he advanced towards the penalty area he caressed a wonderful finish into the corner to make it four.
Bates almost scored a fifth for Glenavon as the Ports were left reeling, but his deflected flick hit the post.
On 78 minutes Peter McMahon pulled one back for Ronnie McFall's side but it was mere consolation on what was Glenavon's night.
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