Ports to appeal Casement red card

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Portadown manager Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall has confirmed that the club will officially appeal Chris Casement’s red card against Dungannon Swifts.

Casement and Robert Garrett picked up dismissals in the closing minutes of today’s (Saturday’s) hard-fought 1-1 derby draw with Dungannon Swifts at Shamrock Park.

As a result, both look set to miss next weekend’s Irish Cup semi-final against Ballymena United at The Oval due to automatic suspensions.

Referee Keith Kennedy felt Garrett stamped on the Swifts’ Jamie Glackin during an incident on 89 minutes. The angry aftermath featured exchanges between the two sets of players. Casement was sent off for what a referee’s assistant deemed a headbutt on Terry Fitzpatrick,

“We will use video evidence to support our appeal against the Casement red,” said McFall. “To headbutt is not in Chris’ nature and Terry Fitzpatrick has also said it was not a headbutt.

“For Garrett’s red, we do not feel there was any intent and the Dungannon player was lying on top of the ball.

“Obviously to lose two key players to red cards was the last thing we wanted from this game ahead of the Irish Cup semi-final.

“We also lost Tim Mouncey at half-time to knee problems.

“Our focus is now on the cup semi-final but we will certainly go down the appeals process.

“Chris can score vital goals and Robert dominates the midfield area.”

Gary Liggett broke the deadlock against his former club before Portadown equalised in the second half thanks to Casement’s angled shot.

“We are chasing European qualification and knew it was going to be a hard match,” said McFall. “We should have been 2-0 up and Gary Twigg felt there was a push on him in the penalty area.

“We were in the ascendancy in the second half and it is unfortunate that we cannot take advantage of results going our way in other games.”