PORTADOWN manager Ronnie McFall is anticipating a double injury boost over the weekend.
Tim Mouncey’s (right) recovery from a ligament operation received another lift this week following a green light on his progress during a scheduled check-up with the surgeon.
Now the second injury bonus could arrive after Jamie Tomelty’s visit for an injection to help repair groin damage sustained during the club’s Europa League campaign.
“Tim got some good news and we are expecting another positive story from Jamie’s visit,” said the Ports boss. “Matthew Paget is also working hard to get back into shape and, alongside Tim, should start to become available again over the next few months.
“With Neil McCafferty and Darren Murray now back from suspension, it is great to start having options in place.
“Mark Patton is also working back from a back injury but, once fit, will inject real pace into the side.
“I made the decision to send Stephen Acheson on loan to Loughgall to help him gain first-team experience.
“He has never let the club down since breaking into the senior squad and will only benefit from Championship football.
“We have also released Andrew Burns to allow him to seek first-team football elsewhere but I am confident in the options on our books to cover any defensive issues.”
The Ports displayed both class and character in Saturday’s defeat of Lisburn Distillery.
“We certainly deserved full points and it was great to see the goals shared around the side,” said McFall. “We need to improve our communication in defence as they took advantage of poor play to get two goals back and level the game.
“However, we did not panic and just set about creating chances, with assists coming from two bits of Kevin Braniff magic.
“We need to work on our communication at the back but can come away feeling positive about the win overall.
“Ryan Burns scored with a superb finish and Joe McNeill did really well to break from midfield and angle the ball home.
“Both will benefit from debut goals and we need to carry that winning mentality into the Donegal Celtic game this weekend.”
Kick-off tomorrow (Saturday) away to Donegal Celtic will be 3 o’clock.