PORTADOWN manager Ronnie McFall admits the club’s season now hinges on the Irish Cup.
The Ports’ Premiership ambitions have been left floundering following a frustrating spell since the New Year.
McFall’s side continues to struggle in their battle to get into the top-six before the split – they are currently seven points adrift of sixth-placed Ballinamallard United.
This afternoon’s Irish Cup quarter-final clash with Coleraine at the Showgrounds presents the last genuine chance of success this season.
It is the tie of the round as both Premiership clubs eye up a prized spot in the last four.
“I think it goes without saying it is make-or-break as far as our silverware hopes go this season. This is our last chance,” McFall said.
“Saturday is a massive game for both clubs. Coleraine will be more than fired up for it and so will we.”
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has been reminding his players of last season’s quarter-final exit ahead of today’s game.
Twelve months ago the Bannsiders lost 2-0 to Crusaders to bow out of the competition.
“That should act as an incentive to the players,” Kearney said.
“That was very disappointing to lose that day, so we want to try and erase that memory and get into the semis this season.
“It is a very tough test. Portadown are a strong side with quality players and Ronnie will be hoping to progress in the competition.”