Ports fans in positive mood after home tie to kick off Irish Cup

Portadown captain Brian Strain holds aloft the Irish Cup at Shamrock Park in 1999. Pic by Pacemaker.
Portadown captain Brian Strain holds aloft the Irish Cup at Shamrock Park in 1999. Pic by Pacemaker.

Portadown’s push to return to the Irish Cup final will kick off on Saturday, January 9 at home to Wakehurst.

The Ports lost out in last season’s final to Glentoran but can launch a bid to add a fourth Irish Cup prize to the club roll of honour in the New Year.

Reaction on social media was positive following the fifth-round draw, with Wakehurst the current basement side in NIFL Championship Two.

The Red Element account on Twitter posted “Home to Wakehurst. No disrespect but we should be safely into the next round”.

The Miss_Red_Hen account simply stated “Niiiccee” following the draw.

Leading up to the draw, the neil_t_75 account called for “anyone at home”.

The Eden Reds Supporters’ Club’s official account singled out honorary president Brian Strain for praise, with a request for “a good trip”.

Strain - captain of the Ports’ inaugural Irish Cup win in 1991 then again during 1999 - was on hand to help make the draw.

Loughgall were also handed home advantage, with a tie at Lakeview Park against either Larne or Limavady United.

Annagh United must hit the road to face either Lisburn Distillery or Knockbreda.

It is understood that, thanks to a sponsorship deal with Tennent’s, this season’s Irish Cup winners will pocket £20,000.