Momentum the marker for midfield ace Mouncey

Portadown players celebrate with fans after Tim Mouncey's injury-time winner against Dungannon Swifts. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Portadown players celebrate with fans after Tim Mouncey's injury-time winner against Dungannon Swifts. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Portadown sit a few weeks away from ideas of out with the old, in with the new but Tim Mouncey feels the Shamrock Park men have found a winning formula in terms of team spirit.

Additions may arrive in the January transfer window to provide a New Year boost to the club’s title charge but Mouncey has highlighted the value of the current team spirit - developed by a blend of key summer signings alongside the established faces.

“The team spirit is brilliant and obviously that helps when we are winning,” said Mouncey. “We are on a good run and need to keep it going, then who knows what will happen come the end of the season.

“The points against Glentoran will keep us going and it was a massive, massive match.

“So few points divide the top five teams in the Danske Bank Premiership so we really needed to get those three points on Saturday.

“That win keeps us up there and keeps the campaign going, with our aim to stay there until the Christmas period.

“Christmas is always such a crucial time, with so many big games.

“I would consider the Glentoran match a big game too, however, so we want to push on now into the next game and keep the momentum going for as long as possible.”

Mouncey marked his ninth start of the league season on Saturday with the captain’s armband as injury ruled club skipper Keith O’Hara out of the panel and left vice-captain Gary Twigg on the substitutes’ bench.

“It is always great to lead the team out and I think I have a good record as captain, in terms of winning,” said Mouncey, who has featured in 14 of the 19 Danske Bank Premiership games to date, scoring goals against Institute and Dungannon Swifts. “I do not think we have ever lost and it is always good to have the armband.

“I almost scored against Glentoran, after my volley went in the other week in the Dungannon Swifts win, but I could not adjust my feet to knock in the rebound off the goalkeeper.

“We came good in the end against Dungannon after a tight match and the Glentoran result was massive, so we just want to keep up the momentum coming into Christmas.”