Byrne out to build on dream Ports debut

Alan Byrne scores for Portadown against Carrick Rangers. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Alan Byrne scores for Portadown against Carrick Rangers. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Alan Byrne’s dream debut for Portadown on Saturday added another memorable Shamrock Park appearance to his career collection.

The Dublin-based defender grabbed a weekend goal against Carrick Rangers to cap an assured first display in Ports colours.

However, the second-half header in Portadown’s 4-0 home win provided Byrne with a second goal in as many visits to the town.

Byrne enjoyed a spot on the scoresheet for Drogheda United back in 2013 during a Setanta Sports Cup tie against Portadown.

Although he enjoyed a post-match laugh at the fact both goals arrived in the same net more than three years apart, Byrne admits his focus is on building a bright future with the Ports rather than past positives.

“It is a bit strange in a way to have played at Shamrock Park and scored both times but a few years apart,” said Byrne. “That aside, I’m just buzzing with the win for the team and it was great to get off the mark with a 4-0 win.

“I had been watching the midweek cup game and was really impressed with how we played but I knew the high stakes for this Carrick match given the 12-point league deduction.

“We want to wipe that out as quickly as possible and move up the table, with that Carrick performance a great starting point.”

Byrne worked with Ports boss Pat McGibbon during a previous spell at Monaghan United and was full of praise for the former Northern Ireland international.

“Pat is a very good man-manager and I also spoke to Ken Oman,” said Byrne. “Portadown is still considered a big club and I just want to do what I can for the team.”