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IRISH LEAGUE: Swifts keen to unlock ‘scary’ McMahon

Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree is hoping Peter McMahon’s first goal for the club can unlock the player he so feared when both shared the field as opponents.

Mon of the Match Steve Davis wraps his arms around Jamie Ward, who struck on two minutes to make it 1-0. 
Picture by Jonathan Porter/

OPINION: With our Captain Fantastic, anything is possible for Northern Ireland

As Portugal showed in France last summer, it doesn’t take a great deal of quality to succeed in international football.

Jamie Glackin (left) battling for the ball under pressure from Portadown's Brendan Shannon during Dungannon Swifts' visit to Shamrock Park. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: McMahon grabs sole goal to seal win for Dungannon Swifts against Portadown

Peter McMahon’s first-half finish handed the winger a first league goal of the season and full points for Dungannon Swifts against relegation-bound Portadown.

Andrew Topley.

Young Ports enter final game with cup the goal

Friday, March 24 may mark an early date for the final game of a team’s season but Portadown under 19s will line out tonight for the last time.

Guy Martin on the 2017 Fireblade at the Honda test in Monteblanco, Spain

Guy Martin in Honda bow at Tandragee

Guy Martin will make his Honda Racing debut at the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 next month, as exclusively revealed in the News Letter on March 1.

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The future of Irish road racing is in the spotlight once again due to insurance costs.

Exclusive: Road racing admission fees achievable, but may not be sport’s saviour

The introduction of admission charges at Irish National road races is an achievable proposition if the will exists to ‘take the bull by the horns’, it has been claimed.

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Portadown manager Niall Currie. Pic by Pacemaker.

Crunch time for Ports

Portadown’s season effectively centres on 90-plus minutes of football this weekend with the first of two games against relegation rivals Carrick Rangers inside three fixtures.

Niall Currie. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Currie calls on Portadown to play for pride

Manager Niall Currie has called on his players to finish the season fighting for both personal pride and the Portadown fans.

The post split fixtures for the Danske Bank Premiership have been announced.

IRISH LEAGUE: NIFL confirm post-split Premiership fixtures

The Northern Ireland Football League Premiership Management Committee has confirmed the post-split fixtures for the Danske Bank Premiership.

Roy McMahon.

IRISH LEAGUE: Portadown chairman McMahon to step down

Portadown chairman Roy McMahon has confirmed his decision to step down from the Shamrock Park boardroom after over 20 years.

How many did you get right?

Quiz: can you identify these European football clubs by their nicknames?

Nicknames are either funny, confusing or sometimes downright nonsensical. Football clubs are no different.

Coleraine's Eoin Bradley celebrates after he scored the opener in his side's win over Coleraine

IN PICTURES: 10 of the best photos from Irish League matches at the weekend

It was another action packed weekend in the Irish League with wins for Ards, leaders Crusaders, Coleraine, Glenavon and Ballymena.
Ballymena United  Michael Kerr  celebrates scoring against Portadown on Saturday

IRISH LEAGUE: Kerr aims to kick on after surprise debut goal

Ballymena United defender Michael Kerr had a debut to remember as his goal helped the Sky Blues to a 3-0 win against Portadown at the Showgrounds.

Ballymena United's Johnny McMurray  and Portadown's  Jordan Lyttle

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena United hit three past Portadown at the Showgrounds

Ballymena United 3 Portadown 0

Portadown manager Niall Currie. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Currie counting the cost as Portadown struggle for consistency

The value of experience is proving the greater deficit to Portadown’s progress than any financial gap between players on amateur or professional terms.

Stephen Hughes. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Hughes boost for Portadown’s trip to Ballymena

Portadown manager Niall Currie is set to shuffle his players’ pack for the trip to tackle Ballymena United.

Hanover's Shane McKinney (left) and Ards Rangers' Glen Upton at the Ladbrokes-sponsored Intermediate Cup quarter-final draw. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

INTERMEDIATE CUP: Hanover hoping to add another highlight to dream run

By measure of stature and silverware, Hanover enjoy status as one of the leading names in the Mid-Ulster Football League.

Niall Currie in reflective mood as he heads off the pitch on Saturday following the Irish Cup exit. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Board’s full backing for Portadown boss Currie

Portadown director Peter Hunniford has offered a full defence of manager Niall Currie in the aftermath of Saturday’s 5-0 derby demolition by Glenavon.

Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Ex-Portadown boss McFall guest speaker at Glenavon lunch

Former Portadown manager Ronnie McFall has been confirmed as a guest speaker for Glenavon’s forthcoming fund-raising event.

BT Sport have bought the rights to show live Champions League games.

No more Champions League on terrestrial TV following £1.2bn BT deal

The Champions League is set to vanish from terrestrial TV following BT Sport’s £1.2bn deal for the rights to show Europe’s top football competition.

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