Portadown goalkeeper signing’s ‘presence and desire’ key for Matthew Tipton

Portadown manager Matthew Tipton has praised the ‘presence and desire’ on show from his latest summer signing.

Wednesday, 30th June 2021, 12:03 pm

The Ports boss will have Harry Doherty on board at Shamrock Park - with the former Republic of Ireland youth international familiar to Irish League fans thanks to previous spells at Crusaders and Carrick Rangers.

“I’m really happy to get the deal done and just can’t wait to the new season now,” Doherty told the official club website. “Really looking forward to meeting up with the team and hope to hit the ground running.”

The 25-year-old moved to England from Donegal’s Cockhill Celtic as a teenager and was with Charlton Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion before returning home.

Portadown manager Matthew Tipton. Pic by Pacemaker.

He left League of Ireland side Finn Harps in 2016 to join Carrick and went to win an Irish Cup medal during victory for the Crues over Ballinamallard United.

“Really pleased to get the signing of Harry over the line,” said Tipton on the official club website. “He’s a goalkeeper I’ve admired over the last few years and after him taking a year out I’m delighted that he’s chosen us to continue his career again.

“I feel he can bring us a good presence and a desire to push us on.”

--

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper whenever you are able to do so.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world.

But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper when you can safely.

You can also enjoy unlimited access to the best news from across Northern Ireland and the UK by subscribing to newsletter.co.uk

With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Thank you