Portadown are in BetMcLean League Cup quarter final action this evening (Tues 9 Nov) when we take on Cliftonville at Shamrock Park, kick off 7:45pm.

Cliftonville are coming off the back of a 3-0 win over Dungannon Swifts on Saturday while the Ports held champions Linfield to a 0-0 draw at Shamrock Park.

The last time the two clubs met was only last week (Tues 2 Nov) with Cliftonville running out comfortable 4-0 winners at Solitude thanks to a Joe Gormley brace, a Paul Finnegan OG and a Ryan Curran penalty.

Portadown have a pretty sorry recent record at Shamrock Park against Cliftonville losing five of the last six and without a win in the last thirteen on home soil. The last win over Cliftonville at Shamrock Park came back in February 2011 with goals from Alan Cawley and Kevin Braniff. In fact Portadown are without a win against Paddy McLaughlin’s men home and away in the last sixteen games with the last victory against Cliftonville coming in January 2014.

In League Cup matters Cliftonville dumped Portadown out at the quarter final stage in 2014 thanks to two Joe Gormley goals in a 2-0 victory at Solitude with Cliftonville going on to win the trophy by beating Ballymena Utd 3-2 in the final. Cliftonville were also 3-1 winners over the Ports in the quarter final stages in 2012 – Chris Ramsey had given Portadown a first minute lead but goals from Joe Gormley, Liam Boyce and Diarmuid O’Carroll seen the Reds win 3-1 and again they would go on to lift the trophy by beating Crusaders 4-0 in the final.  Not to be outdone Portadown would knock Cliftonville out in the third round on their way to lifting the trophy in 2009, Ports would run out 4-3 winners on aggregate over two legs – drawing 0-0 at Shamrock but winning 4-3 at Solitude in a real classic. The theme seems to be whenever these two sides meet in the competition the victor goes on to win the competiton!


The officials are – Referee – Tim Marshall / Assistant 1 – Andrew Nethery / Assistant 2 – Kristian Hanna / 4th official – Declan Hassan




Online tickets for the game are available via https://tickets.portadownfc.co.uk/fixtures/ / A cash turnstile will be available for HOME SUPPORTERS ONLY, any Cliftonville supporters trying to or found to gain access to the home stand will face ejection from the stadium.


For those unable to make it to Shamrock Park tomorrow the game will be live streamed on We Are Ports TV LIVE with former Ports defender Andy Hunter on co-commentary, the cost to purchase the game is £10 via https://www.performatv.com/game/portadown-vs-cliftonville-09-11-21



Portadown –  D, W, L, L, D

Cliftonville – L, W, W, W, W


Last Five Head to Head (All competitions)

  • Tuesday 2 November 2021 – Cliftonville 4 (Gormley x2, Finnegan OG, R.Curran (P)) Portadown 0
  • Saturday 17 April 2021 – Portadown 1 (Tilney) Cliftonville 2 (Curran x2)
  • Saturday 13 February 2021 – Portadown 1 (McCallum) Cliftonville 1 (Hale)
  • Saturday 28 November 2020 – Cliftonville 5 (McCrudden x3, O’Connor x2) Portadown 0
  • Saturday 28 January 2017 – Cliftonville 3 (Winchester, J.Donnelly, Curran) Portadown 0


Last Five Head to Head at Shamrock Park (All competitions)

  • Saturday 17 April 2021 – Portadown 1 (Tilney) Cliftonville 2 (Curran x2)
  • Saturday 13 February 2021 – Portadown 1 (McCallum) Cliftonville 1 (Hale)
  • Saturday 24 September 2016 – Portadown 0 Cliftonville 3 (McGuinness, McDaid, Garrett)
  • Saturday 15 August 2015 – Portadown 0 Cliftonville 1 (J.Donnelly)
  • Saturday 14 February 2015 – Portadown 0 Cliftonville 2 (McMullan, Gormely)