PORTADOWN will be without Keith O’Hara, the club captain, plus Chris Ramsey for next week’s Europa League test in Macedonia.
Both O’Hara and Ramsey have been ruled out of the trip due to injury – with Ronnie McFall selecting the following players for his 15-man panel: David Miskelly, Matthew Shortt, Ross Redman, Brian Gartland, Garry Breen, Stephen Acheson, Sean Mackle, Chris Casement, Jamie Tomelty, Neil McCafferty, Matthew Brown, Joe McNeill, Darren Murray, Richard Lecky and Kevin Braniff.
McFall’s coaching team will include Kieran Harding (assistant manager), Trevor Williamson (first-team coach) and George Richardson (team attendant) – with Melissa Harrison (club physiotherapist) and Dr Niall Gibson (club doctor) the medical support.
The Ports’ private flight from Belfast to Skopje will depart on Sunday and return home on Wednesday, with Tuesday’s kick-off in the first qualifying round still to be confirmed.
The 37-seat plane has a number of spare places for supporters interested in travelling with club officials, management and playing staff.
“Crusaders chartered a flight a few years back for Macedonia and opened up seats to fans also making the trip,” said Portadown secretary, Bill Emerson. “It makes sense from every viewpoint and already we have been in touch with those fans initially keen on making the journey to back the team.”
Confirmation arrived from UEFA this week that Portadown’s games against FK Skendija 79 will take place over July 3 and 10.
The original games were planned for July 5 and 12 but Portadown requested a change for the home leg at Shamrock Park to avoid a clash with the holiday period.
Skendija share a stadium with two other clubs and Renovo’s Europa League match will be held on Thursday, July 5.
PORTADOWN have organised a meeting for all club volunteers to discuss plans for the forthcoming season.
Volunteers should meet at the Shamrock Park bar tomorrow (Saturday) by no later than 1 o’clock.