Ports panel free of injury concerns or suspensions

Pat McGibbon. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Pat McGibbon. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Pat McGibbon can enter the crucial run of two league games in four days with the luxury of a full-strength panel for the first time in his period as Ports caretaker manager.

Philip Lowry remains the only player ruled out - as a result of work commitments - but McGibbon can select squads for games with Dungannon Swifts and Carrick Rangers clear of injury issues or suspensions.

The Ports picked up a first point under McGibbon in last weekend’s scoreless draw at home to Ballinamallard United. Now, having put a stop to the rot of four consecutive league defeats, McGibbon is keep to push on entering the season’s closing stages.

“It was a real boost looking around on Saturday and having greater options,” said McGibbon. “We can face Dungannon and Carrick now with everyone available bar Philip.”

Kick-off tomorrow (Saturday) will be 3 o’clock at Shamrock Park against Dungannon Swifts, with Tuesday’s trip to take on Carrick Rangers starting at 7.45.