Portadown return to Bluefin Sport Championship action this Saturday (19 Sept 19) when we make the trip to Castlederg to take on Dergview at Darragh Park (kick off 3pm).
The Ports are coming off the back of five straight league victories which has propelled them to the top of the Bluefin Sport Championship and manager Matthew Tipton will be hoping that that runs continues on Saturday.
Portadown will be without Chris Lavery who has sustained a grade 1 medial ligament tear which will see him sidelined for up to a month however Liam McKenna is available again for selection again after suspension while Marty Bradley, who got the assist for Callum Ferris’s goal last week, will be looking to continue his comeback from injury after his substitute appearance against Queens following several weeks on the sidelines.
Portadown in form striker Lee Bonis, who has picked up the PSS Man of the Match award in each of his last two matches and scored five in his last five league games, will be hoping his hot streak continues on Saturday as he quickly establishes himself as a vital part of the Portadown team and a fan favourite on the terraces following his summer move from Mid Ulster League side Seagoe.
Dergview have had an inconsistent start to this seasons Bluefin Sport Championship with three victories in their opening eight league games however those victories have come in the games against the front runners for promotion in the form of Ballinamallard United, Ards and Newry City AFC therefore the Ports will have to be at their best to get the better of Ivan Sproule’s side who have also yet to taste defeat at Darragh Park in the league this season.
Portadown have won four of the last five between the two sides and have scored fifteen times against Dergview in their last five meetings, however of those fifteen goals Chris Lavery is the only player remaining at the club who has scored against Dergview with only four players still at the club who started in our previous game against Dergview in December 2018.
The officials are – Referee – Gareth Stewart / Assistant 1 – Richard Storey / Assistant 2 – Shane Corrigan
2019/20 Bluefin Sport Championship season so far
Portadown – Played 8, Won 6, Drew 1, Lost 1. Goals for 21 / Goals against 4 – Bluefin Sport Championship position – 1st
Dergview – Played 8, Won 3, Drew 1, Lost 4. Goals for 11 / Goals against 11 – Bluefin Sport Championship position – 7th
Portadown Away League Form 2019/20 / Played 3, Won 2, Drew 1. Goals for 9 / against 2
Dergview Home League Form 2019/20 / Played 3, Won 2, Drew 1. Goals for 6 / Goals against 2
Last Five Head to Head
Saturday 29 December 2018 – Dergview 1 (Kirk) Portadown 2 (Larkin, Braniff)
Saturday 29 September 2018 – Portadown 2 (Murray x2) Dergview 1 (Flynn OG)
Wednesday 20 December 2017 – Portadown 7 (Lavery x2, McVey, Buchanon OG, McCullough, Warwick, D.Henderson) Dergview 0
Saturday 16 September 2017 – Dergview 3 (Buchanan, McGlynn, R.Campbell) Portadown 1 (N.Henderson (pen))
Saturday 25 April 2009 – Dergview 0 Portadown 3 (McCutcheon, Braniff, Robinson OG)
#WeArePortsTV highlights of Dergview 1 Portadown 2 on Saturday 29 December 2018
Darragh Park – Postcode is BT81 7PU