McFall content as Ports are drawn at home again
RONNIE McFALL highlighted the importance of home advantage in knockout football following tonight’s (Saturday’s) Irish Cup sixth-round draw.
The Ports boss will be hoping for a Shamrock Park boost on Saturday, February 9 when high-flying Ards arrive in town in search of a senior scalp.
Ards are managed by Portadown-born Niall Currie and currently top of IFA Championship 1 standings.
The arrival of Gary Twigg in the January transfer window has resulted in a significant rise in attendances during the back-to-back home dates since his New Year clearance.
“In cup football all you can ask for is a draw at home so, thankfully, that is the case this time around,” said McFall. “Ards are top of the Championship so it is not going to be easy.
“Niall did a good job at Loughgall and is doing well at Ards.
“I expect it to be something similar to the Dungannon Swifts tie in terms of how tough a match we should anticipate.
“It was all about the result today and that is always the case in cup football.
“We probably created chances to put the tie beyond doubt late in the second half but finished happy to be in the hat.
“We brought Gary Twigg to this club due to his ability to put the ball in the net and three goals in two games certainly proves his value.
“Again he made the difference today and his partnership with Kevin Braniff will only get better with each passing game.
“We have plenty of quality in the squad, however, with Darren Murray back from suspension and working hard from a starting position today on the right.
“Also, Aaron Burns came on for his debut and looked sharp despite a lack of first-team football.”
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