Portadown defender Ross Redman believes it’s time to give the fans something to cheer.
When the Ports walk out against Glentoran at The Oval on Saturday, it will be their first appearance in the showcase Irish Cup final since 2010.
And, it wasn’t an occasion to remember as the County Armagh boys as they narrowly lost out to Linfield.
Redman insists Portadown now have the ideal opportunity of putting it right.
“We’ve had a good squad of players for eight or nine years, but success has been lacking,” said Redman.
“It’s five years since we’ve been in an Irish Cup final, so we have a duty in giving the supporters something to cheer.
“I suppose our downfall has been consistency. But most teams in the league can point the finger at that.
“If you analyse our results, we have the best record against the top teams – beating the likes of Crusaders and Linfield. Yes, we have struggled against Cliftonville, but it’s results against the so called ‘lesser sides’ – Ballinamallard United and Warrenpoint Town, that has cost us this season.
“We were flying in the league at one time. We travelled to Warrenpoint one night and victory were have sent us five points clear at the top of the table. We were beaten 2-1.
“To be honest, I don’t think we really recovered from that.
“Consistency wins league championship and unfortunately, we came up short.”
Redman, however, insists all the disappointment will be erased should the Ports lift the sport’s top knockout trophy. But his personal habits must improve.
“I was part of the team that won the League Cup a few years back by beating Newry Town,” he recalls. “But that’s as good as it gets.
“Lisburn Distillery then beat us in the League Cup at Mourneview Park, David Cushley scoring the winner, and we also tasted Irish Cup final defeat against the Blues.
“So we have a bit of making up to do, especially for the fans. They give us great support when we get to finals and hopefully, they’ll again give us great backing at the Oval.
“A lot has been made of the choice of venue. I don’t really know why it will be an advantage to Glentoran. It really could put more pressure on them as the home team.”