Cup tie offers chance for rapid response to defeat

Richard Hedley.
Richard Hedley.

The club fixture list has provided Portadown with the perfect opportunity to make amends for Friday’s 17-0 reverse - with Clogher Valley at Chambers Park tomorrow (Saturday) on cup duty.

In a match described by Portadown head coach Richard Hedley as “terrible”, Portadown failed to get off the mark under the floodlights in Friday’s Qualifying League clash.

Now Portadown will welcome Clogher Valley to town for a weekend Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup test.

“It is the ideal situation after a bad result in many ways, especially as we did not play well last week it what must have been a terrible game to watch,” said Hedley. “We only got to the third phase of play on two occasions and struggled with our passing and set-pieces.

“Unavailability and injuries did not help but the attitude before the match was fine and conditions were maybe not great but certainly not terrible.

“Having watched the video back, it is hard to find the words to describe how bad a game.

“But now we have a great chance to bounce back against the same side this weekend.”

Hedley handed two players senior debuts at Clogher Valley.

“That was one positive,” said Hedley. “After watching the seconds on Saturday, it was encouraging to see how improved training has helped the two squads adopt a similar style of play.

“This weekend we have got to do the basics better but the players know the situation.

“I am glad we are home and we will, hopefully, have some players back.

“It was a physical test against Clogher last week but we still had enough ball to get into the game, despite the final score.”

Play will start at 2.30.

Clark McAllister, who has previously lined out with Portadown Pumas, is negotiating with a number of Rugby League clubs in England’s League One. The Banbridge man is currently part of the Irish Wolfhounds’ European Championships panel.