Mark McAllister insists Portadown are back on track

Mark McAllister
Mark McAllister
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Striker Mark McAllister insists Portadown are back on track and primed for push up the Danske Premier League table.

The 28 year old, snapped up from Linfield over the summer, opened his goal account for Ronnie McFall’s team with a glorious double in last week’s crushing win over Crusaders.

McAllister was then on the mark against Annagh United in the League Cup tie in midweek.

Following a brilliant start to the league campaign when they blitzed Linfield, the Ports fell to defeats by Cliftonville and Ballymena before bouncing back impressively against Stephen Baxter’s team.

“The boys were disappointed the way we played the previous week at Ballymena, so we had a point to prove,” said the former Dungannon Swifts striker.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice.

“But from the first minute against Crusaders, I thought we were superb and were worthy of the three points.

“You know what you are going to get from Crusaders. They are a big physical side . . . there are always plenty of challenges coming in. They also have a lot of quality.

“But when we won the physical battle, our own quality started to come through.

“We actually and enough of chances to have been out of sight at half-time . . . the boys were a bit disappointed.

“We have a lot of character in the side and they boys just kept it going. #

“It’s important to keep that momentum going for what will be another tricky test at Coleraine . . . it’s never easy up there.”

McAllister was delighted to get off the mark with his double blast, adding: “Everyone has been so good to me after my move from Linfield, I was happy to be able to pay them back by putting the ball in the net.

“Other results also went out way with Linfield and Cliftonville both dropping points.

“We must now carry that level of consistency into every game.”

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has completed the signing of goalkeeper Michael Doherty from Institute and he will make his debut on Friday night. He agreed a two-year contract.

Also in included in the squad is striker Mark Miskimmin, snapped up from Glentoran.

“I hope to add a few more signings before the close of the transfer window,” said Kearney.

“Mark will come into the panel for the game at home to Portadown. Michael Doherty’s registration has also been completed.

“Ideally we are still hopeful of another couple of deals. Things are progressing but there’s one or two loose ends to be tied up.

“We are looking at a couple of loans probably up until Christmas.

“We got our first win last weekend at Warrenpoint and then knocked in a few goals in the League Cup at home to Larne. Now we must build on that.

“But with no disrespect to both sides, we now face a massive game against a Portadown side coming off the back of a great win over Crusaders.

“They will be oozing with confidence, so we must be ready to meet the challenge.

“The lads have trained very well and we are up for the challenge of getting the full three points from the game,” he added.