Two games on one night as Ports step up summer plans

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

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall has described as a success the decision to field two teams across one night of friendly football.

The Ports lined out against Newry City and Banbridge Town on Tuesday night in the latest part of the club’s pre-season programme.

Darren Murray grabbed a goal in the 1-1 draw with Newry City and strike partner Gary Twigg finished with a summer treble to see off Banbridge Town. Marcio Soares grabbed his second strike of the friendly campaign during the 4-1 success in Banbridge.

“We have a packed programme, with Stranraer last weekend, the two games tonight then Lurgan Celtic at Shamrock Park on Thursday and Harland and Wolff Welders home this Saturday,” said McFall. “It was a good opportunity to field as many players as possible.

“Those games tonight handed players like David Miskelly, Garry Breen, Chris Ramsey, Sean Mackle, Pauddy Judge and John Gibson each a first taste of football this summer.

“Others such as Peter McMahon, Ross Redman and Shea Conaty remain out with injuries.

“The Stranraer match finished in a 1-0 defeat but results do not count as much as building up the fitness and gametime.”

McFall and assistant manager Kieran Harding took control against Newry City. The bench against Banbridge Town included first-team coach Trevor Williamson and reserves’ manager Gary McCullough.