Young Ports could wrap up title at Kernan

Chris Wright.
Chris Wright.

Irish Cup fever may be building around Portadown but silverware success could arrive for the Shamrock Park club a week in advance of the May 2 senior final.

Portadown thirds welcome Ballyclare Comrades Colts to Kernan Playing Fields on Saturday in the knowledge than a single point would wrap up this season’s NIFL Youth League Section B title.

Midweek success against Ards by 5-0 - thanks to goals from Joel Adams, Chris Ferguson, Paudy Judge, Peter Mulholland and Nathaniel Ferris - has placed the current leaders on 36 points ahead of the visit by second-placed Ballyclare.

Ballyclare trail the young Ports by seven points with three fixtures left on the league schedule. Portadown face Ballyclare this weekend then wrap up the campaign next Wednesday at Carrick Rangers Colts.

A request has been made to deliver the league trophy to Kernan for a potential presentation - adding to the motivation for Chris Wright’s players to confirm the championship on home soil.

“The lads have really stepped it up in recent weeks with the finish line in sight,” said Wright, manager of the club’s under 19s. “We won by 8-2 on Saturday and scored five this Wednesday to defeat Ards.

The lads have really stepped it up in recent weeks with the finish line in sight

Chris Wright

“The message has been that getting over the line is always the most difficult part but now we know exactly what is required on Saturday.

“We have a trip to Carrick next week but it would be brilliant to seal the league at Kernan in front of our own supporters.

“Any extra backing would be welcome.

“The support from the whole club has been great, with Ronnie McFall and others giving us messages of congratulations after we confirmed promotion last weekend.”

Kick-off at Kernan on Saturday will be 11 o’clock.