IRISH LEAGUE: Ports hopeful for up to six points back

Pat McGibbon watches on at Mournview Park on Saturday.
Photo by TONY HENDRON/Presseye.com.
Pat McGibbon watches on at Mournview Park on Saturday. Photo by TONY HENDRON/Presseye.com.

Portadown are hopeful that they will get up to half of their 12 point deduction back.

The club are also optimistic they will learn the fate of their appeal before Saturday afternoon’s trip to Dungannon.

“I’m optimistic that we’ll get something out of it,” said Portadown FC secretary Bill Emerson after Monday night’s appeal hearing.

“We’re not going to get all 12 or even nine, but I’d think we could get anything from zero to six points back.”

The Ports were issued with a 12 point deduction as far back as June by the IFA Disciplinary Committee after they ruled payments were made to Peter McMahon, who was registered as an amateur.

IFA Statement

The IFA released a statement after Monday night’s hearing saying that they will issue “a full, reasoned decision in writing within the next seven days.”

However, Emerson said: “I’d expect to hear tomorrow (Thursday) or Friday at the latest.

“(Monday night’s hearing) was very thorough. We got our opportunity to put our side across. I’d expect a fairly lengthy statement to be issued.”

Portadown were also given a seven day suspension from all football-related activity, which caused their opening game of the season against Coleraine to be suspended.

The club are still bottom of the Danske Premiership, on minus six points. Second bottom Carrick Rangers are on four points.

A positive outcome from the appeal process would represent a major boost as Pat McGibbon’s side seek to climb off the foot of the Danske Bank Premier League table.