Solitude test as the Ports push for latest league lift

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

Portadown visit Cliftonville tomorrow (Saturday) aiming to secure a third successive Danske Bank Premiership victory for the first time in this season’s campaign.

The Ports kicked off the opening week with back-to-back defeats of Crusaders and Warrenpoint Town before struggling for consistency.

Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of Ballymena United arrived off a 1-0 win over Carrick Rangers and manager Ronnie McFall is keen on building momentum.

“We scored some good goals and didn’t let the heads drop at 2-2 but kept going for the win,” said McFall. “We showed character and can now face Cliftonville with a boost in confidence.

“We do not have a great record against Cliftonville and every match in this league is a dog fight.

“However, players coming back to fitness can only help, with Peter McMahon getting stronger and Mark McAllister working hard and back in the starting line-up.

“It was also good to see Sean Mackle more like his best.”

Kick-off tomorrow (Saturday) will be 3 o’clock.