Praise by Ports boss McFall for team effort in cup

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall celebrates at the final whistle on Saturday. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Portadown manager Ronnie McFall celebrates at the final whistle on Saturday. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall highlighted the team effort as central to Saturday’s Irish Cup quarter-final triumph.

The Ports boss used his post-match review to put the focus on the group following a dramatic 3-2 defeat of Linfield at Shamrock Park.

“Conditions were difficult but we showed a lot of character and, when Linfield threw caution to the wind, kept our heads,” said McFall. “Due to conditions, it was always going to be difficult but we got our goals in the first half.

“We expected a charge from Linfield in the second but the important thing is we made it into the next round.

“It required total concentration from the whole group and we scored three big goals.

“Gary Twigg had to come off due to an injury issue but proved his quality with two goals.

“He always seems to get goals in big games.

“I felt the referee, Andrew Davey, was outstanding and he let the game flow.

“I cannot remember the last time Portadown got three wins over Linfield in one season.

“Winning such a big game and reaching the semi-finals marks an important step forward for the confidence in this squad.”

Portadown will play Ballymena United in the Irish Cup semi-final on Saturday, March 21.