Following on from last Saturdays disappointing defeat to Ballinamallard United at Shamrock Park Portadown travel to Breda Park to take on Knockbreda on Matchday 4 of the 2019/20 Bluefin Sport Championship (3pm) kick off.
Ports manager Matthew Tipton will be hoping for a vast improvement from his Portadown team after last Saturdays reverse and as a result could reshuffle the pack after only one change from his starting XI in the opening 3 Bluefin Sport Championship games, that change being enforced with Marty Bradley coming in last Saturday for the injured Ryan Carmichael who remains a doubt after suffering soft tissue damage in the 5-0 victory over Ballyclare Comrades on Tuesday 6th August.
Portadown have had a mixed bag of results in their opening 3 league games with a draw against Loughgall, an empathic 5-0 victory over Ballyclare Comrades at Shamrock Park and then last Saturdays disappointing defeat to Ballinamallard United, on the other hand Knockbreda come into the game on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Queen’s University on Tuesday evening after a 7-1 hammering by Ballyclare Comrades in the Bet McLean League Cup the previous Saturday. Prior to that Knockbreda had an impressive 1-0 victory over Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park on the opening day of the season before losing to 2-0 to Dundela at Breda Park in their second league game.
Last seasons corresponding fixture at Breda Park seen the Ports come away with a 2-2 draw, Ports had lead twice during the game through goals from Darren Murray and Adam McCallum but ended up coming away with a share of the spoils after seeing Greg Hall receive a straight red card when he was adjudged to have fouled a Knockbreda player when through on goal.
Breda Park is also the place where a fifteen-year-old Alberto Balde, before his move to Middlesbrough, found the net for the first time in senior football for the Ports in our 2-1 win against Knockbreda back in November 2017.
2019/20 season so far
Portadown – Played 3, Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 1. Goals for 5 / Goals against 1
Knockbreda – Played 4, Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 3. Goals for 4 / Goals against 12
Last 5 Head to Heads
8 December 2018 – Portadown 4 (Mackle (2), Salley (2)) Knockbreda 3 (Roohi, Fearon, Doran)
6 October 2018 – Knockbreda 2 (Newberry,Bennett) Portadown 2 (Murray, McCallum)
11 November 2017 – Knockbreda 1 (Irwin) Portadown 2 (N.Henderson (pen), Balde)
23 September 2017 – Portadown 0 Knockbreda 1 (Hamill)
7 October 2014 – Portadown 3 (Murray, McAllister, Gault) Knockbreda 1 (Boyd)
For those travelling by car the address is Breda Park, 31-35 Upper Braniel Road, Belfast, BT5 7TX.
Supporters Clubs bus times are as follows:
Travel Club – 1:30pm from Shamrock Pk & 1:45pm from Tiplers
Richhill Reds – 1:30pm from the Square in Richhill & 1:40pm from the Property Spot in Portadown
Shamrock Reds – 1:45pm from Shamrock Park
Eden Reds – 1:45pm from Tiplers