Portadown denied first league win as NIFL rule on player eligibility breach

Portadown players celebrate Jordan Jenkins's third goal against Newry City last Sunday. The Ports have been found to have breached rules surrounding players named on official team sheets
Paul McConville

PORTADOWN have been denied a first league win of the season after the NIFL overturned their victory over Newry City at the Showgrounds last Sunday.

Niall Currie’s men were 3-1 winners over their Mid Ulster rivals, a game which included a goal of the season contender from Greg Moorhouse.

However, after the match in emerged that Ports player Alberto Balde Almanzar didn’t not start the game having been originally named on the team sheet submitted to officials.

An NIFL statement issued on Friday said: “The eligibility of Portadown player Alberto Balde Almanzar was raised in relation to his appearance in the Danske Bank Premiership match against Newry City on 4 December 2022.

“In accordance with Rule 9 of the NIFL Premiership Rules 2022/23, the NIFL Competitions Committee were called to review all relevant documentation alongside the relevant rules and regulations.

“The case was considered by the Committee today (Friday 9 December) and has ruled that Portadown FC has been found in breach of Rule 20(h) of the NIFL Premiership Rules 2022/23

“As a result of this breach, Portadown have been fined £500 and the match awarded to Newry City with a 3-0 scoreline.”

Portadown remain at the bottom of the table with just one point  ahead of their game against Ballymena United at Shamrock Park on Saturday while the decision moves Newry City 11 points clear of second from bottom Dungannon ahead of their trip to Larne