Portadown are back in Playr-Fit Championship action tomorrow evening (Friday 16 Feb) when we face Ballyclare Comrades at Shamrock Park, kick off 8pm.

Portadown come into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw with Annagh United last time out while ironically Ballyclare Comrades last game was the 2-1 defeat to Portadown at Shamrock Park 9 days ago.

So far this season Ballyclare Comrades have played 27 Championship games, winning 13, drawing 4 and losing 10 and currently sit 6th in the Playr-Fit Championship.

The last time the two clubs met, as referred to earlier, was only 9 days ago with the Ports coming from a goal down to win 2-1 at Shamrock Park thanks to strikes from Jamie Browne and Zach Barr, the Comrades had taken the lead through a hotly disrupted Gary Donnelly first half penalty. The only other previous meeting this season between the two was back on 20 August with Ballyclare Comrades winning 2-1 at Dixon Park, Portadown had taken the lead through Ryan Mayse with only 3 minutes on the clock before goals from Gary Donnelly and Calvin McCurry gave the Comrades the 3 points.

 

Portadown manager Niall Currie commented on tomorrows game

We look forward to welcoming Ballyclare Comrades again on Friday night.

Unfortunately Luke (Wilson) won’t make it but is well on the way to recovery while Brandon (Diau) had a muscle problem at training so is likely to miss as well but the good news is Eamon (Fyfe) trained this week so may come into consideration for Friday night.

As I said after the Annagh United game, from frustration to pride, we showed character to the end and that’s a great sign.

As always we hope to have Shamrock bouncing on Friday night with that 12th man, having our supporters clapping the boys off on Saturday was fantastic as they know they have a team that cares now. Hopefully that can continue because it’s going be needed for the rest of the season.

As always we will focus on ourselves and when we are right, we fear no team.

 

Officials | Diarmuid Harrigan (Referee), Bryan Magill & Jason Millar

 

 

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MASCOTS – Willow Walters (Aged 3) – Favourite PFC Player is Ryan Mayse

COMMUNITY GUESTS – Portadown YMCA

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Last Five Head to Head (All competitions)

  • Tuesday 6 February 2024 – Portadown 2 (Browne, Barr) Ballyclare Comrades 1 (Donnelly (pen))
  • Saturday 19 August 2023 – Ballyclare Comrades 2 (Donnelly, McCurry) Portadown 1 (Mayse)
  • Friday 28 February 2020 – Portadown 0 Ballyclare Comrades 2 (Gray, O’Neill)
  • Friday 15 November 2019 – Ballyclare Comrades 0 Portadown 1 (McGrandles)
  • Tuesday 6 August 2019 – Portadown 5 (Duke 3, Lavery, Finnegan) Ballyclare Comrades 0

 

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

  • Tuesday 6 February 2024 – Portadown 2 (Browne, Barr) Ballyclare Comrades 1 (Donnelly (pen))
  • Friday 28 February 2020 – Portadown 0 Ballyclare Comrades 2 (Gray, O’Neill)
  • Tuesday 6 August 2019 – Portadown 5 (Duke 3, Lavery, Finnegan) Ballyclare Comrades 0
  • Saturday 15 September 2018 – Portadown 3 (Salley, Lavery, Murray) Ballyclare Comrades 1 (Hall OG)
  • Saturday 31 March 2018 – Portadown 2 (Salley 2) Ballyclare Comrades 0

 

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

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:

  • PLEASE BE AWARE OF THOSE AROUND YOU.
  • PLEASE USE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE.
  • BE POSITIVE TOWARDS PEOPLE ON THE PITCH.