Former Ports on show for NI veterans

Ronnie Haughey, Terry Nicholson, Dessie Edgar and Jimmy Gardiner before Northern Ireland Over 55s' weekend game against England at Mourneview Park.INLM44-30
Ronnie Haughey, Terry Nicholson, Dessie Edgar and Jimmy Gardiner before Northern Ireland Over 55s' weekend game against England at Mourneview Park.INLM44-30

Three former Portadown players featured on the international stage for Northern Ireland Over 55s during Saturday’s veterans’ challenge in Lurgan.

Terry Nicholson, Jimmy Gardiner and Dessie Edgar lined out against England at Mourneview Park.

Gardiner grabbed two goals in a 3-1 home success.

The squad also included former Annagh United player Seamus Heath and Portadown-born Steven Carville.

Players connected to the current Portadown panel can also point to international progress.

Barney McKeown, part of the under 15s’ National League squad, has been selected for Northern Ireland’s Victory Shield campaign.

Conor Larkin had some expert advice during his time with Northern Ireland under 17s in Israel from international goalkeeper coach Alan Simpson plus former Ports captain Brian Strain.