Portadown are back in Bluefin Sport Championship action this Saturday (15 February 20) when we take on Queens University at Shamrock Park (Kick off 3pm).
Portadown are coming off the back of a 4-0 victory over bottom of the table Knockbreda last Saturday, a win which seen the impressive debut of goalkeeper Ben Pierce who kept a clean sheet – the first clean sheet for the Ports since the Boxing Day victory over Loughgall.
Ports manager Matthew Tipton has provided the media team with this injury update ahead of tomorrows game:
In terms of injuries this week we seem to be turning a corner.
Marty Bradley obviously has been in & out all season with an ongoing knee problem however we’ve now decided to take a different route with him & have altered his training program & hopefully this will see him being available more often.
Ryan Carmichael has made a rapid recovery from his torn medial so much so he’s been able to join in training this week. We’ll sit down & assess him after training before deciding whether he needs a reserve game before being back in the squad.
Greg Hall has also come on massively & is now running pain free out on the grass so his next step is to get a ball involved as soon as possible.
Full credit must go to these boys as it’s not easy being injured & the condition they have kept themselves in through the work they do with Chris & also away from us is remarkable & will make their transition back into full training & playing so much easier.
Queens University have had a steady 2019/20 Bluefin Sport Championship campaign so far following their promotion and find themselves sitting in 9th place although their away form hasn’t been great with only two wins away from the Dub all season – away to Knockbreda and Loughgall, they’re also coming off three straight defeats in the Bluefin Sport Championship. Queens Irish Cup exploits this season have been well documented with a historical and stunning 2-1 over Linfield and taking title challangers Glentoran to the wire in the next round.
The last time the two teams met was at the Dub earlier this season when Queens came back from 3-0 down to salvage a 3-3 draw.
Referee – Glenn Buchanan / Assistant Referees – John Doherty & Matthew Thornbury
Match Sponsor – The Portadown FC Travel Club & Leslie Wells
Match Ball Sponsor – Leslie Wells and Terence & Kim Pentland
PSS Man of the Match Sponsor – Jonny Wylie
2019/20 Bluefin Sport Championship season so far
Portadown – Played 27, Won 18, Drew 5, Lost 4 – Points 59 / Goals for 62 & Goals against 26 – Bluefin Sport Championship position – 1st
Queens – Played 26, Won 10, Drew 1, Lost 15 – Points 31 / Goals for 52 & Goals against 54 – Bluefin Sport Championship position – 9th
Form (Last 5 League Games – Most recent game last)
Portadown – W, W, D, L, W (10 points gained from a possible 15)
Queens – W, W, L, L, L (6 points gained from a possible 15)
Portadown Home League Form 2019/20 – Played 13, Won 10, Drew 2, Lost 1 Goals for 33 & Goals against 7 – 32 points gained from a possible 39
Queens Away League Form 2019/20 – Played 12, Won 3, Lost 9 / Goals for 18 & Goals against 25 – Points gained 9 from a possible 36
Top league goalscorers 2019/20
Portadown – Adam Salley & Lee Bonis (both 16), Adam Duke & Callum Ferris (both 5), Conall McGrandles (4)