Ports ‘getting stronger’

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 12th September 2015  Photo by William Cherry''Portadown's Ronnie McFall during Saturdays Danske Bank Premiership game at the Oval, Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2015 Photo by William Cherry''Portadown's Ronnie McFall during Saturdays Danske Bank Premiership game at the Oval, Belfast.

Ronnie McFall is hoping the postponement of last week’s game doesn’t upset his team’s momentum when they entertain Glentoran at Shamrock Park tomorrow.

Portadown were left kicking their heels on Saturday when their fixture at Warrenpoint fell victim of the horrible weather conditions.

The Ports have got back on track in recent weeks after a dreadful run of five successive defeats. But, after gathering up a head off steam, that included wins against Carrick and Linfield and a draw at Ballymena, the weather took a hand last week.

“We are getting stronger mentally and confidence is slowly coming back into the side,” said McFall, the Irish League longest serving boss.

“The recent poor run means we slipped into the bottom six, but there is still a lot of football to be played. We’ll just keep chipping away to see where it takes us.

“Our immediate aim is to catch the team above us – and that’s Glentoran. So taking three points off them at the weekend is vital.”

Under new boss Alan Kernaghan, Glentoran have picked up six points from their last two league games, beating Glenavon and Ballinamallard United.

The former Republic of Ireland defender believes his team are going in the right direction.

“We showed real determination and character in both games,” he said.

“I knew we would get chances in the second half at Ballinamallard and our finishing was top drawer.

“To get the three points was really important. It keeps our momentum going.

“We want to gather as many points as we can.”

Glentoran will be missing suspended skipper Stephen McAlorum, while Ports defender Garry Breen will also be absent for a similar reason.