Portadown travelled to Lurgan on Friday 11 December for their first gala of the season which was against Lurgan ASC. Portadown and Lurgan have always been rivals of a friendly nature and Portadown were looking forward to an exciting gala. A great crowd turned out as this gala was close to home and both clubs had many supporters in the gallery.
Portadown were made feel very welcome by Lurgan and the gala got off to a great start with each club winning two relays each. The points were even as the individual races commenced.
Portadown won the first three races which raised the expectations of the supporters, however Lurgan came back with determination. All individual races were very close and it was difficult to predict who was going to come out on top. Once again the relays finished 2 each and nerves were jangling.
Portadown received their best Christmas gift of all with a win over Lurgan, a first in many years. Lurgan were gracious in defeat.