Ronnie McFall hopes fans can act as twelfth man at Oval

Ronnie McFall
Ronnie McFall

Long-serving Portadown manager Ronnie McFall hopes the club’s fans can act as a twelfth man at The Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The Ports are preparing for a massive Irish Cup semi-final clash with Ballymena United at the east Belfast venue (5.30pm kick-off).

McFall has been dealt a late blow ahead of the tie, with midfielder Robbie Garrett and defender Chris Casement both suspended.

The pair got sent off in last week’s Premiership draw with Dungannon Swifts and will sit out today’s trip to Mersey Street.

McFall insists the onus is on the players coming in to step up to the plate, and hopes the club’s loyal fans get behind his squad.

“We need our supporters to really get behind us as it is a massive day for everyone,” said McFall.

“We’re in it together and the fans’ backing can make a real difference.

“We have said from day one we are in it to win it and you want to make the most of every possible edge to help get past this challenge.

“We want the fans to make it a colourful occasion and get behind the team to cheer us on.”