McFall backing Ports players to move forward from festive frustration

A late red card for goalkeeper David Miskelly led to Glenavon gaining an equaliser on Boxing Day from the penalty spot. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
A late red card for goalkeeper David Miskelly led to Glenavon gaining an equaliser on Boxing Day from the penalty spot. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
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Portadown manager Ronnie McFall is urging his players to move on from the Boxing Day derby disappointment.

A last-gasp equaliser from the penalty spot left Glenavon with a point at Shamrock Park in Friday’s 3-3 draw.

That result placed the Ports with just a single point from the three festive fixtures, following back-to-back defeats by Warrenpoint Town and Linfield before the Glenavon clash.

However, McFall is backing his squad to bounce back during Danske Bank Premiership dates against Coleraine (New Year’s Day) and Institute (Monday, January 5).

“We played well against Glenavon and were the better side, so disappointed to lose a late goal,” said McFall, the Ports boss. “The pitch conditions were horrendous so that contributed.

“I felt Glenavon should have had a red card for a clear foul on Mark McAllister.

“Overall, we are still well in contention.

“We need to move forward and there is plenty of character in the side.”

Paul McElroy - who has signed from Linfield - will become eligible for the Ports’ home game against Institute following the completion of his transfer paperwork.