Ports target defender

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

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall is hoping to have an answer to the club’s defensive woes in place for tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) visit to Ballinamallard United.

Friday’s 6-0 defeat by Crusaders left the Ports with 11 goals conceded in just two games - plus senior defenders Keith O’Hara and Chris Casement face extended spells on the sidelines due to injury.

McFall retains his faith in the ability of his defenders but admits confidence levels have been rocked by recent form.

“There is a possibility we could have someone signed by this weekend, we are working hard,” said McFall. “We have been trying to get the deal over the line for a few weeks now but these things are never easy and the right player is hard to find.

“It is a situation we want to address but all can say is that I am trying to get in a centre-back.

“Garry Breen has been carrying an injury.

“We especially miss Keith’s leadership and communication but now it is about lifting the players and moving forward.

“Up until the past few weeks our defensive record was up with the very best and we need to get back to keeping clean sheets.

“Gary Twigg pays a price when playing on that Seaview pitch so couldn’t train this week.

“We remain in a strong position in the league.”

Positives arrived this week with news of contract extensions by David Miskelly, Shea Conaty, Jordan Lyttle, Matt McMahon, Jake Richardson and Christian Stewart.

“David will have a testimonial as part of his new deal,” said McFall. “It is important to keep the players we want at this club.”