McFall keen to boost goal threat from the backline

Tim Mouncey and Mark McAllister celebrate with Darren Murray after Portadown's opening goal against Ballinamallard United. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Tim Mouncey and Mark McAllister celebrate with Darren Murray after Portadown's opening goal against Ballinamallard United. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
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Ronnie McFall has assembled a strike unit that stands alongside the best in Irish League football - but the Portadown manager is calling for a greater goals return from his defence.

Two of the Ports’ six Danske Bank Premiership goals to date have come from corner-kick routines and it is a source McFall remains keen to expand and exploit.

The decision to line out Gary Twigg on the right side of midfield against Ballinamallard United allowed Portadown to field both Darren Murray and Mark McAllister at the head of the attack.

The forwards provide the Ports with attacking options the envy of the opposition. However, McFall is also keen to utilise the aerial strength within his backline.

Set-piece situations present significant opportunities for goals thanks to the accuracy of Ross Redman and Chris Casement. Keith O’Hara has claimed one goal so far and Ken Oman wrapped up the points on Saturday - both arriving off Redman corner-kick assists.

“It is something we certainly want to improve on, in terms of a goals return from set-pieces and especially by our centre-backs,” said McFall. “We have strength-in-depth in that area and I thought Ken was outstanding, plus he and Garry Breen formed a good partnership after Keith’s injury.

“We had to reshuffle early on after Keith hurt his neck and he went to hospital for an x-ray.

“Keith has not trained this week so we will make a late decision on his situation, plus David Miskelly, closer to the Linfield match.

“Gary has played before in midfield and all three strikers played a part in our goals, with Mark working on building up his match sharpness after missing so much of pre-season.

“Darren looked really sharp after training last week with Inverness but there is no additional news on that transfer front.

“Peter McMahon and Shea Conaty both remain out.

“Linfield have made a great start so we can expect a difficult test but they will know they also face a difficult test.”

Kick-off tomorrow (Saturday) will be 3 o’clock at Windsor Park.