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IRISH LEAGUE: 20 of the best photos from the weekend

The battle for the Gibson Cup is going to the wire with Linfield edging two points clear of long-time front-runners Crusaders ahead of the final day.

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Eric Foley's free-kick delivery evades the dive of Portadown goalkeeper Jack Duffin. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Glentoran manager Haveron has summer plans in mind

A 3-0 victory over relegated Portadown provided Glentoran with some short-term pride but manager Gary Haveron refused to ignore the bigger picture of an afternoon in which European football was confirmed as beyond the club’s reach.

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Jack Duffin at a stretch but unable to keep out Eric Foley's free-kick delivery for Glentoran against Portadown. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Allen at the double as Glentoran see off Portadown

Curtis Allen’s touch of class in front of goal on two occasions helped Glentoran pick up some home comfort against relegated Portadown with a 3-0 win.

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Niall Currie. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

OPINION: The future starts here for Currie’s Portadown

Johnston Press NI senior sports reporter Patrick Van Dort offers his verdict on events at Portadown following confirmation this week of the club’s relegation into Championship football:

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Niall Currie. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Positive push by Ports

Manager Niall Currie is calling for a final flourish as relegated Portadown prepare to tackle a penultimate appearance this season in senior football.

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Portadown manager Niall Currie showing his appreciation to the supporters after the final whistle on Tuesday. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: ‘Judge me next season’, says Portadown boss Currie

Portadown manager Niall Currie has come out fighting following the club’s relegation from senior football.

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Ards Keeper, Aaron Hogg is beaten by Garry Breen's effort to make it 1-1

IRISH LEAGUE: Battling Portadown defeat at Ards confirms relegation fate

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Portadown's Sean Mackle holds off Ballinamallard's Ryan McConnell at Shamrock Park, Portadown.  (Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press)

IRISH LEAGUE: Larkin goal keeps Portadown hopes alive

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Ballinamallard United's Shane McCabe has enjoyed his career connections to Portadown with and against the club. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: McCabe’s return to Portadown could end in relegation

Shane McCabe spent 17 months helping Portadown challenge for silverware - tonight (Friday) he will return to Shamrock Park and try to relegate the club.

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Niall Currie. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Survival still name of the game for Ports

Portadown must serve up a second successive Shamrock Park survival act tonight (Friday) or lose the season-long battle to beat the drop.

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Luke McCullough has returned to the Doncaster Rovers side. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

NORTHERN IRELAND: McCullough back for Rovers’ promotion party after injury recovery

Luke McCullough may not qualify for a winner’s medal if Doncaster Rovers seal League Two title glory - but a return to the pitch has provided the Northern Ireland international with a significant personal reward.

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Teenagers Luke Wilson (left) and Nedas Maciulaitis full of smiles.

IRISH LEAGUE: Teenage kicks keep Portadown fighting with win over Carrick

For 80 minutes it appeared Portadown’s season of death by a thousand cuts was set for the final decisive blow.

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Carrick Rangers' Chris Morrow closed down by 16-year-old Luke Wilson on his senior league debut for Portadown. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Wilson makes it a dream debut for Portadown in dramatic defeat of Carrick

Portadown produced a gripping finale to protect a Premiership position for another week by beating Carrick Rangers.

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Carrick Rangers boss Aaron Callaghan. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Callaghan’s focus on chasing Ballinamallard

Carrick Rangers can confirm Portadown’s drop into the Championship this weekend but the focus of manager Aaron Callaghan remains only on the view above.

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Hanover manager Steven Hyndes.

INTERMEDIATE CUP: Hanover out to enhance club’s knockout history

Hanover will be flying the flag for the Brownstown area, Portadown town and Mid-Ulster Football League tonight (Wednesday) with a semi-final appearance in the Intermediate Cup.

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Portadown Youth's Alberto Balde has agreed a deal to join Premier League club Middlesbrough.

Portadown teenager Alberto Balde confirms deal with Middlesbrough

Portadown Youth’s Alberto Balde received the perfect belated birthday present this week with confirmation of a deal to join Premier League-based Middlesbrough.

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Tim Mouncey (right) has confirmed his decision to retire from the game. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Mouncey’s thanks for career packed with medals and memories

Tim Mouncey shared a final afternoon at Shamrock Park with his wife and children on Saturday following news of the midfielder’s decision to retire from the game.

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Kevin Amuneke. Pic by PressEye.

IRISH LEAGUE: Portadown hand trial to former Nigeria international Amuneke

Portadown manager Niall Currie has accepted the reality of relegation - but took another step towards next season’s rebuilding work this week by handing a trial to former Nigeria international Kevin Amuneke.

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Peter McMahon (right) celebrating with team-mates following his goal against Portadown for Dungannon Swifts. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Swifts keen to unlock ‘scary’ McMahon

Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree is hoping Peter McMahon’s first goal for the club can unlock the player he so feared when both shared the field as opponents.

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Mon of the Match Steve Davis wraps his arms around Jamie Ward, who struck on two minutes to make it 1-0. 
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

OPINION: With our Captain Fantastic, anything is possible for Northern Ireland

As Portugal showed in France last summer, it doesn’t take a great deal of quality to succeed in international football.

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