It’s Samuel Gelston’s Whiskey Irish Cup weekend as Portadown take on Coleraine at the Showgrounds tomorrow (Sat 5 Feb), kick off 3pm.

Portadown come into the game following a 4-0 defeat last weekend to Larne while Coleraine had a fantastic 3-0 victory over champions Linfield at the Showgrounds.

Tomorrow could see Portadown debuts for no less than four Portadown players – Josh Chatee, Billy Stedman, Kat Mashigo and Connor Leak-Blunt, who all signed in the final week of the transfer window.

Coleraine would win two of the three meetings between the sides last season with the other fixture ending in a 1-1 draw, a Adam Salley stunner sealing a point for the Ports at the Showgrounds in February. Portadown would see red cards twice in their three fixtures last season with the Bannsiders with Lee Bonis being sent off in the meeting in October 2020 and Adam Salley being dismissed in February 2021, Coleraine would also have three penalties awarded to them in the three fixtures between the sides last campaign.

The two teams have met each other twice so far in 2021/22, the Bannsiders winning 2-0 at the Showgrounds in October with goals from Matthew Shevlin and an OG from Paul Finnegan while the second fixture was only three weeks ago with a 0-0 stalemate being played out at Shamrock Park on 15 January 2022.

You have to go back to February 2016 for Portadown’s last competitive victory over Coleraine, a 3-1 win at Shamrock Park in the Irish Cup thanks to goals from Ken Oman, Gary Twigg and Philip Lowry.  In league matters it’s New Years Day 2015 since the Ports sealed all 3 points against Coleraine, a 1-0 win at the Showgrounds thanks to a Mark McAllister header while the last league win against the Bannsiders at Shamrock Park was a 2-0 win back 14 December 2013 with goals from Chris Ramsey and Gary Twigg. In fact Coleraine have won 9 of the last 11 (one of these being an automatic 3-0 win) Premiership meetings between the sides.

Club historian Trevor Clydesdale has put together the following stats in regards to Irish Cup meetings between Coleraine and Portadown

  • Played – 20
  • PFC Wins – 11
  • CFC Wins – 6
  • Draws – 3
  • PFC goals – 35
  • CFC goals – 25


  • Portadown and Coleraine were drawn together in three successive seasons – from 1970/71 to 1972/73 – Coleraine won all three ties
  • The 1970’s were not a good time for Portadown in Irish Cup meetings with Coleraine. In five meetings the Bannsiders had four wins with one draw. The Coleraine wins included the 1972 final.
  • There have been four semi final meetings between Portadown and Coleraine in the Irish Cup including 1 replay. The Ports have three wins with one draw. Coleraine failed to score in any of the games with the Ports scoring six.
  • In the last eight Irish Cup meetings between the two sides Portadown have seven wins with one draw.
  • The first Irish Cup meeting between Portadown and Coleraine took place on 14th January 1928. Portadown won 2-1 with goals from Johnston and Allen either side of a Dunlop goal for Coleraine.
  • In January 1971 the IFA made what was referred to as a ‘limited directed draw’ which meant that certain teams couldn’t play each other at certain venues due to the security situation. Coleraine beat Portadown 6-3, the most goals between the sides in an Irish Cup tie.


  • Online tickets for the game are available via – No cash gate will be available
  • Kids aged 0-11 years old will be able to watch Saturdays Irish Cup tie for just £1
  • Coleraine will not be providing a live stream of the game


Supporters Club Buses travelling:

  • Eden Reds – Departing Gary’s Bar at 12:45pm
  • PFC Travel Club – Departing Shamrock Park at 12:45pm & at J.D Tipler’s at 1pm
  • Richhill Reds – Departing the Square in Richhill at 12:45pm & the Property Spot in Portadown at 1pm



  • Coleraine – W, D, W, L, W
  • Portadown –  W, D, L, L, L


Last Five Head to Head

  • Saturday 15 January 2022 – Portadown 0 Coleraine 0
  • Saturday 30 October 2021 – Coleraine 2 (Finnegan OG, Shevlin) Portadown 0
  • Tuesday 2 March 2021 – Coleraine 2 (Doherty (x2 pens)) Portadown 0
  • Saturday 6 February 2021 – Coleraine 1 (Nixon) Portadown 1 (Salley)
  • Saturday 24 October 2020 – Portadown 0 Coleraine 3 (Doherty, Glackin, McLaughlin)


Last Five Head to Head at the Coleraine Showgrounds (All competitions)

  • Saturday 30 October 2021 – Coleraine 2 (Finnegan OG, Shevlin) Portadown 0
  • Tuesday 2 March 2021 – Coleraine 2 (Doherty (x2 pens)) Portadown 0
  • Saturday 6 February 2021 – Coleraine 1 (Nixon) Portadown 1 (Salley)
  • Saturday 14 January 2017 – Coleraine 4 (Lyons 2, McCafferty, McCauley) Portadown 2 (Foley, Byrne)
  • Saturday 7 November 2015 – Coleraine 4 (McCauley 3, McLaughlin) Portadown 0


The Ports Preview Show looking ahead to Saturdays game against Coleraine along with Tuesday evenings Premiership game against Glentoran is available to view via the link below