Portadown v Newington Match Preview | Playr-Fit Championship | Sat 30 December 2023

Portadown are back in Playr-Fit Championship action tomorrow afternoon (Sat 30 December) when we face Newington at Shamrock Park, kick off 3pm.

Portadown come into the game off the back of a 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Annagh United, a third defeat in four league games for Niall Currie’s men, while Newington went down 2-1 to Ballyclare Comrades at Inver Park.

So far this season Newington have played 22 league games, winning 11, drawing 1 and losing 10 and currently sit 7th in the Playr-Fit Championship.

The last time the two clubs met was back on Friday 24 November with the Ports running out 5-1 winners at Shamrock Park thanks to goals from Ryan Mayse, Luke Wilson, Eamon Fyfe, Kenny Kane and Caolin Coyle, the two clubs had met previously to that game at Shamrock Park this season,  Portadown winning 2-0 at Inver Park back in October thanks to goals from Ryan Mayse and Ross Redman.

Portadown manager Niall Currie commented

As anyone will have seen, we’ve had all our kids on our bench in each of our last few games and while I’m not one to make any excuses, as I hope our supporters know by now, this has been the worst I have experienced for injuries in all my time.

Losing Dougie Wilson, Paddy McNally and Chris Rodgers were blows while Paul McElroy has been a huge loss and that’s on top of Kenny Kane and Gary Thompson managing to just get onto the pitch with no training these past few games, unfortunately you can’t get away with that. Eoghan McCawl now has a hamstring injury and it looks like he’ll be added to the absent list for tomorrow with Kenny Kane also ruled out so we will have to play a lot of players out of position for sure.

On a positive note, we have worked hard to get reinforcements in for the second half of the season and have four players ready to come in for the Irish Cup game against Carrick Rangers when the transfer window opens in January but we will need to dig in and make things happen by hook or crook to get over the line.


 Mark Dillon (Referee), Robbie McMinn & Lauren Trainor


MATCH BALL SPONSOR – Robert Harrison



Last Three Head to Head (All competitions)

  • Friday 24 November 2023 – Portadown 5 (Mayse, L.Wilson, Fyfe, Kane, Coyle) Newington 1 (Barr)
  • Sunday 15 October 2023 – Newington 0 Portadown 2 (Mayse, Redman)
  • Wednesday 15 September 2021 – Portadown 2 (Anderson 2) Newington 0
  • Saturday 12th January 2008 – Portadown 1 (McCutcheon) Newington 0


Head to Head at Shamrock Park (All competitions)

  • Friday 24 November 2023 – Portadown 5 (Mayse, L.Wilson, Fyfe, Kane, Coyle) Newington 1 (Barr)
  • Wednesday 15 September 2021 – Portadown 2 (Anderson 2) Newington 0
  • Saturday 12th January 2008 – Portadown 1 (McCutcheon) Newington 0


We Are Ports TV LIVE will have live coverage of the game against Dergview, the live stream is available at a cost of £7 and can be purchased and viewed via https://portstv.com/register/portadown-vs-newington-membership/

Online tickets for the game are available via PFC TICKETS – Portadown Football Club (portadownfc.co.uk)While online tickets for matches still remain, a cash gate is also available (except in the event where a game has sold out online in advance of the game). We would add however that purchasing your ticket online is the quickest and most convenient way to secure your seat for games and would still actively encourage supporters to avail of the facility. Portadown FC also operate a ‘Kid for a Quid’ scheme which sees any Primary school child admitted to the game for £1 when accompanied by a paying adult – up to 3 with any one paying adult.

A reminder about the Ports Hub facility at games at Shamrock Park which give you match info, player stats and exclusive interviews. To access the Ports Hub simply scan the QR code placed on every other seat’s backrest at Shamrock Park (as well as in the clubrooms) and you will give brought to a host of great content, think of it as your digital matchday programme!

With more families and community / youth groups visiting Shamrock Park on match days, the club has decided to re-launch our FAMILY AND COMMUNITY AREA. BLOCK B in the home stand has been designated as this area, a traditionally slightly quieter block and further away from opposition supporters. We recognise that football matches are noisy and passionate experiences for players and fans alike but we would also like children, families and community visitors of mixed abilities and needs to feel comfortable when they visit a match, for some, their very first football match.

Guidelines for supporters sitting in Block B will be clearly displayed at the front of that area and we encourage all patrons in the block to follow them: