Oman’s debut delight thanks to cup goal and derby win

Portadown's Ken Oman (second left) celebrates his goal with, from left, James Begley and Sean Mackle. Pic by David Maginnis.

Portadown's Ken Oman (second left) celebrates his goal with, from left, James Begley and Sean Mackle. Pic by David Maginnis.

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Ken Oman offered fans a first glimpse on Tuesday night of what manager Ronnie McFall considers the centre-back’s “presence and experience”.

A midweek Mid-Ulster Cup quarter-final tie in Loughgall provided Oman with an introduction to life as a Portadown player following completion of his 18-month deal before last Thursday’s training session.

McFall highlighted the defender’s “presence and experience” following Oman’s capture, describing him as a “leader”.

The 32-year-old centre-back marked his debut with a goal and win at Lakeview Park - with a similar outcome the target tomorrow (Saturday) against Cliftonville.

“I am delighted to have signed,” said Oman in an exclusive ‘Times’ interview last Thursday. “I played with Gary Twigg at Shamrock Rovers and against guys like Mark McAllister and Michael Gault during the Setanta Cup so know what to expect.

“I’ve played against Garry Breen as well and know this is a good group of lads so am just looking to do the club justice.

“I am looking forward to the challenge in the Irish League of facing different players and clubs.

“It will take some time to get back up to full speed as my season with St Pat’s Athletic in the Airtricity League ended around October.

“I’ve been ticking away myself but will need a few games to get up to speed.

“Hopefully fans can expect a tough-tackling defender, a good honest player.”