McFall backs Ports to stay strong in cup and league

Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Ronnie McFall is backing his players to dig deep and battle on all fronts for silverware.

The Ports visit PSNI tomorrow (Saturday) in the Irish Cup still recuperating from a demanding festive fixture run that included Monday’s dramatic but draining league defeat of Institute.

Michael Gault’s last-gasp strike secured three vital points for the Ports at Shamrock Park against battling Institute and McFall considers that performance as evidence of the deep desire to finish in the honours.

“We had to call on the character within the squad and Michael’s goal was an example of that will to win,” said McFall, the Ports boss. “We may be short on numbers but the quality and character will help us cope.

“There is competition and no-one wants to let go of the jersey.”

The Ports handed Paul McElroy a debut off the substitutes’ bench on Monday and McFall was impressed with his cameo.

“Paul provided us with natural balance on the left,” said McFall. “Sean Mackle had been doing a job for us but is more suited to the right or centre.

“I think he is very under-rated and proved again on Monday that ability to scores goals from deep.

“The PSNI pitch is very good so that will ease the strain on any tired legs.

“We will take tiredness into account but, first and foremost, go into the match to get the win.”

Kick-off will be 1.30.

Visit our website for a video interview with Michael Gault.