IRISH CUP: Home draw suits Portadown boss Ronnie McFall after big win

Mark McAllistercelebrates his hat-trick
Mark McAllistercelebrates his hat-trick

Ronnie McFall had little reason to complain following Saturday’s Irish Cup stroll against Wakehurst.

The Ports eased to a 6-1 win over the Championship 2 underdogs at Shamrock Park.

Mark McAllister claimed the match ball with a hat-trick, while goals from Chris Casement, Tim Mouncey and Matthew Parker added gloss to the win.

Andrew Laughlin bagged Wakehurst’s consolation, but it was a long afternoon for the Ballymena side.

Saturday’s win has earned Portadown a tricky home tie against Coleraine in the sixth round.

“All you can really ask for in the cup is a home draw, and we have managed to get that,” McFall said.

“People talk about our recent good record against Coleraine in the cup, but that means nothing going into next month’s game.

“It’s a new tie and it will boil down to whoever performs on the day.”

McAllister’s hat-trick helped the injury-hit striker get off the mark for the season.

Teenager Marcio Soares proved an early threat for the Ports as the Premiership side looked to flex its muscle.

Clever control around the penalty area helped Soares skip past two tackles and his first shot was blocked but the rebound resulted in handball and a penalty kick.

McAllister tucked away the spot-kick with ease to break the deadlock on 15 minutes.

Soares came close to making his mark with a glancing header off Parker’s long throw-in but the effort bounced off the post.

It was 2-0 seconds later as play continued and McAllister pick up possession wide on the right, with the forward finding the inside of the net with an angled drive to double his personal tally.

A similar shot to McAllister’s second goal provided Portadown with number three as Casement added to the tally on 41 minutes when he steered home a crisp shot.

Portadown pushed on after the interval and increased the advantage within five minutes of the restart as Ross Redman’s curling corner-kick was forced home by Mouncey.

McAllister’s hat-trick finish arrived on 57 minutes with a close-range shot to cap Sean Mackle’s superb run along the right wing.

Parker opened his account for the Ports on 81 minutes with a low shot inside Cairns’ near post after moving clear of two tackles.

Wakehurst gained a reward with a late consolation as Laughlin gained the final touch to scramble the loose ball home.