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IRISH LEAGUE: Spirited draw for basement side Portadown against leaders Crusaders

Portadown produced a spirited performance under the Shamrock Park floodlights to pick up a battling 1-1 draw against champions Crusaders that may not change the club’s position at the foot of the Danske Bank Premiership standings but offered encouragement for the future.

Portadown manager Niall Currie celebrates with Ross Larkin following the 1-1 draw with Linfield. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Larkin’s rapid rise offers Portadown a welcome lift

Ross Larkin’s role as the only Portadown player with an unbeaten record in the senior side may prove a short-term situation but the teenage defender appears set for a bright future.

Tommy Bowe will make his 150th Ulster appearance against Zebre

GUINNESS PRO12: Jared Payne returns from injury for Ulster

Irish international Jared Payne will make his return to playing after a kidney injury when Ulster go to Zebre for a Guinness PRO12 fixture.

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Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Points over plaudits for title-chasing Crusaders at Portadown

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter on calling on the combination of title-winning experience and trophy enthusiasm to steer the defending champions towards a championship hat-trick.

Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill after he received his Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) medal

Northern Ireland boss, Michael O’Neill, MBE, talks football with the Queen!

Michael O’Neill talked football with the Queen as he was appointed an MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Portadown manager Niall Currie and teenage centre-back Ross Larkin celebrate Friday's 1-1 draw against Linfield. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Positive Portadown thanks to team talk with expert

Portadown have turned to one of the country’s leading sports psychologists for clear-the-air talks within the senior squad.

Portadown manager Niall Currie following the recent 3-0 defeat by Ards. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Currie’s rally cry as he puts plans in place for Ports future

Niall Currie has launched a staunch defence of both his credentials as manager and transfer market trading.

Josh Carson finds the net with an injury-time equaliser for Linfield but the 1-1 draw against bottom-placed Portadown proved a setback to the hosts' title ambitions. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Linfield title bid suffers blow against basement Portadown

Linfield’s title ambitions were rocked at Windsor Park following a sluggish showing against the Danske Bank Premiership’s basement team.

Portadown manager Niall Currie following the recent 3-0 defeat by Ards. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: ‘I can turn around the Ports’ says Currie

Portadown manager Niall Currie is calling on the club’s supporters to accept short-term pain towards long-term gain.

This weekend's League Cup final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. 
Photographer - Matt Mackey / Press Eye

IRISH LEAGUE: NIFL and Sky Sports announce five year deal

The Irish League is back on Sky Sports.

Portadown's Colin Turkington with his second British Touring Car Championship title in 2014. Pic by Rea Finlay.

Turkington back on board with West Surrey Racing

Portadown-born Colin Turkington has confirmed a decision to return to West Surrey Racing for this year’s British Touring Car Championship.

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Northern Ireland will meet New Zealand at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in June

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland line up international friendly with New Zealand

Northern Ireland will face New Zealand in an international friendly in Belfast this summer.

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Jono Gibbes

RUGBY: Ulster confirm Jono Gibbes as new head coach from next season

Ulster have landed a major coup in attracting former All Black international Jono Gibbes to Kingspan Stadium as head coach ahead of the 2017-18 season.

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Ken Oman - who was sent off for Portadown in the first half - winning the ball over Ards' Ross Arthurs at Shamrock Park. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Currie confident of long-term progress with Portadown despite Ards blow

Time may be running out to save this season for Portadown but manager Niall Currie is adamant he can eventually turn around the club’s fortunes.

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Ken Oman - who was sent off for Portadown in the first half - winning the ball over Ards' Ross Arthurs at Shamrock Park. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Ards ease past 10-man Portadown

Portadown moved one step closer to the drop with a 3-0 reverse by Ards on an afternoon that featured a red card and penalty miss for the basement-based hosts.

Portadown manager Niall Currie. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Currie keen for Ports consistency

Benefits beyond last weekend’s path into the Irish Cup quarter-finals could serve as a bonus to Portadown’s relegation fight.

Portadown manager Niall Currie. Pic by PressEyeLtd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Numbers game adds up for Currie as Ports prepare to tackle Ards

Managers may moan about selection headaches but Portadown boss Niall Currie considers competition for places the “perfect scenario” as he prepares to host former club Ards.

Shea McGerrigan levels the Irish Cup as Portadown recorded a 2-1 win over derby rivals Loughgall. Pic by Pacemaker.

happy return for currie

Niall Currie won a string of silverware as Loughgall manager and left Lakeview Park celebrating another victory after his Portadown players recovered from an early setback to score two decisive second-half goals.

Ballymena United defeated H&W Welders to make the quarter-finals

TENNENTS IRISH CUP: Quarter-final draw

Crusaders will meet Linfield in the quarter-finals of the Tennents Irish Cup.

Dungannon's Nicholson Aholelei
and Ballymena's Izaak Hackett

RUGBY: Ballymena off to winning start against Dungannon in Nutty Krust tournament

The group stages of this season’s Nutty Krust Under-18 Floodlit Cup are underway with Ballymena edging out Dunganon 17-12 at Chambers Park, Portadown.

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