McFall wary that Ports are getting thin on the ground

Ronnie McFall
Ronnie McFall

Big defender Chris Casement returns to the Portadown side for the Boxing Day Mid Ulster showdown against Glenavon at Shamrock Park.

The 26 year old missed out on his team’s defeat by Linfield at the weekend due to suspension.

Ports boss Ronnie McFall is also keeping fingers crossed that Keith O’Hara recovers from injury.

“We were without Casement and O’Hara through suspension and injury at the weekend - we could have been doing with their experience in such a heated atmosphere.

“We are working off a small squad a players, so we were a little bit light, defensively, going into the game.

“When we have one or two key players missing, we really feel it.

“The defeat was a set back, but there is a lot of football to be played yet.

“We are still in the mix come the turn of the year. We just have to move on.”

McFall reckons that Gary Hamilton’s Lurgan Blues will be like the proverbial wounded tiger when they arrive at Shamrock Park, still smarting from their loss at Ballinamallard last weekend.

“There are no easy matches in this league - past results will reflect that,” he adds.

“Every team is capable of taking points off the other on any given day.

“We’ve seen that right from the start of the season. I think it will be like that right until the end.

“Games against Gleanavon are traditionally very close.

“Even though we lost at the weekend, I though our performance merited at least a point.

“I thought we showed a lot of character to come back from going a goal down so early on at Windsor.

“After that, I thought we were the better side and we deservedly went in front before half time.

“ In fairness, Linfield were in the ascendancy in the second half . . . we give them too much time and space on the ball and they made us pay for that. But we will learn from that.”