It’s Irish Cup or bust for McFall as Ports target end-of-season glory

Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd
Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd

Ronnie McFall candidly admits Portadown’s season now hinges on the Tennent’s Irish Cup.

The Ports look set to finish in the bottom half of the Danske Bank Premiership, with McFall’s men currently lying seventh with nine games remaining.

If they can remain in that position then the Europa League play-offs will beckon, but McFall is targeting some tangible reward in the form of the Irish Cup.

“The Irish Cup is our season. We are not going to win the league, and we were never good enough to challenge,” McFall said ahead of tomorrow’s quarter-final with Championship 1 underdogs Lurgan Celtic.

“We have about 12 pros and the rest are young fellas. You are not going to sustain a genuine challenge with a squad like that.

“So the cup is a major target for us now. We feel aggrieved about last season’s final, so we want to right a few wrongs.

“It is all about our attitude on the day.

“Cup matches are all about who performs on the day. There are upsets all over the world, and you have to make sure you are fully focused and professional.”