McFall’s men set to face cup tests on two fronts

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

Portadown face two knockout ties inside four days - starting with tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Irish Cup road trip to Portstewart.

The Ports then hit the road again on Tuesday night for a short journey to Loughgall in the Mid-Ulster Cup quarter-finals.

“We will think about Tuesday after this weekend,” said Ports boss Ronnie McFall. “We have the quality and hunger to compete for trophies but must adopt a professional approach.”

Michael Gault, Mark McAllister and Chris Ramsey will miss Saturday due to suspension. Gault, Garry Breen, Robert Garrett and Ross Redman will also be ruled out of Tuesday.

Breen and Garrett must each serve two-game bans, with Darren Murray’s six-match suspension starting on Monday following a charge of violent conduct.

“If a player gets booked for dissent we impose a club fine,” said McFall. “It is beyond me how Mark got booked for diving last weekend.”

Kick-off tomorrow will be 1.30 and 7.45 on Tuesday.