Portstewart skipper James Peden in focused mood ahead of Ports visit

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall
Portadown manager Ronnie McFall

Portstewart captain James Peden says his side just need to “keep focused” when they take on Portadown in the sixth round of the Irish Cup on Saturday.

It’s the biggest home game in the club’s history, and the atmosphere around the town is electric as fans prepare for what promises to be a huge day for Gary Taylor’s young side.

Club captain Peden was cautious to put any pressure on his team-mates going into the titanic showdown, admitting his side just “need to stick to our own game”.

“There is no doubt that it is a big game, but we haven’t really talked much about it,” the 24-year-old said.

“We spoke briefly about it after Saturday’s league game with Moyola, but to be honest the boys are keeping themselves grounded.”

The young defender has been at Seahaven for five years, and although he admits it’s the biggest game for him in the sky blue jersey, he says the game will be a stern test for Portstewart.

“We have been playing very well this season and getting some good results,” he added.

“ We didn’t get to where we are without hard work. I just think we need to focus on our own game.

“It’ll be a good test for us, especially for some of the younger boys, it’ll let us see how far we have come.”

James, who is a Portstewart lad, admits there is a lot of hype about the tie in the seaside town.

“There is lots of talk about the game. And the committee have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes, it’s good to see people taking in an interest in the team,” he said.

“There has been a massive buzz generated because of the game and everyone can’t wait.

“It is a huge fixture for us, but one we are looking forward to. Hopefully we can rise to the occasion and give a good account of ourselves.”