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Ronnie McFall and Portadown go on Irish Cup mission

Portadown boss Ronnie McFall

Portadown boss Ronnie McFall

  • by Gareth Fullerton
 

Determined boss Ronnie McFall insists Portadown are hungry to go one better in this season’s Irish Cup.

The Ports were eliminated by eventual winners Glentoran at the semi-final stage last year.

It was a bitter pill for McFall to swallow – but one they hope to avenge on Saturday afternoon.

Portadown are preparing for the tie of the fifth round today when Glentoran visit Shamrock Park.

The Ports have yet to taste defeat against the east Belfast club this season – recording two wins and a draw in three previous fixtures.

It could have been three from three for McFall’s side, who conceded a late equaliser in last week’s 2-2 draw at the Oval.

“The games have been tight so far, and I would expect something similar on Saturday,” McFall said.

“Glentoran certainly won’t relish coming to Shamrock Park. It will be a tough battle and we are determined to progress in the cup.

“We obviously lost to the Glens in the semi-finals last season, so the aim is to go one stage further this year.

“We have home advantage so we have to make it count.”

Meanwhile, McFall has admitted there has been no developments on transfer-listed striker Kevin Braniff.

Linfield, Glentoran, Cliftonville and Sligo Rovers have all expressed an interest in the gifted playmaker.

“There has been nothing fresh this week,” McFall said.

“We will have to wait and see what happens. I would be interested in a player exchange, or player exchange plus cash.

“We are open to serious offers.”

Elsewhere on Saturday Cliftonville host Coleraine in the only other all-Premiership tie of the fifth round.

Coleraine will be looking to build from last week’s win over Ards.

Also on Saturday Linfield entertain Dergview while Crusaders are at home to Crumlin Star.

TODAY’S FIFTH ROUND TIES (3PM UNLESS STATED): Harland & Wolff Welders v Ballymena United (1.30), Queen’s University v Limavady United (1.30), Lisburn Distillery v PSNI (2pm), Ards v Armagh City, Ballinamallard United v Strabane Athletic, Ballyclare Comrades v Kilmore Rec FC, Ballymoney United v Banbridge Town, Bangor FC v Glebe Rangers, Carrick Rangers v Dundela, Cliftonville v Coleraine, Crusaders FC v Crumlin Star, Glenavon v Sport & Leisure Swifts, Linfield v Dergview, Moyola Park v Dungannon Swifts, Portadown v Glentoran, Warrenpoint Town v Chimney Corner.

 

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