Gault wary of PSNI test

Portadown's Michael Gault
Portadown's Michael Gault

Michael Gault has good reason for not underestimating PSNI when he leads Portadown into action against the Championship side in tomorrow’s Irish Cup fifth round game at Newforge (1.30pm).

The Ports skipper - deputising for injured captain Keith O’Hara - played for Linfield against the police at the same stage of the competition in 2009 when it took a replay to get them through.

“Obviously we’ll go into the game as favourites but they will be up for it and the smaller teams always raise their game,” he said.

Gault is looking forward to playing at Newforge which will be hosting its first Irish Cup game involving Premiership opposition.

“It’s always a fantastic surface to play on as I know from my days at Linfield when we used to train there pre-season.” he added.

PSNI manager Jamsie Kirk is also relishing the occasion with the pressure off - in some respects at least.

“It’s a huge day for the club and we won’t be given any chance of going through.” he said.

“But my one concern is that, having won four and drawn two of our last six league games, we don’t suffer a confidence blow.

“Obviously we are massive underdogs but surprises can happen in the cup.

“I remember no one gave Carrick Rangers a chance when I played for them against Portadown in the 1995 semi-final but we beat them 1-0 - I’d settle for a repeat of that on Saturday !.”