Kenny Kane able to inspire Portadown to promotion insists Niall Currie

Portadown manager Niall Currie
Portadown manager Niall Currie Portadown manager Niall Currie

PORTADOWN boss Niall Currie feels the signing of Kenny Kane from Ballymena United can help propel the Mid Ulster club straight back to the top flight.

Dundela, meanwhile, opened the weekend Playr-Fit Championship action with a 2-1 win at Bangor on Friday night.

The Ports, relegated last season, have started their campaign strongly with two wins from two games - along with Annagh United and H&W Welders, one of only three clubs with a 100 per cent record - and on Saturday travel to face Ballyclare Comrades at Dixon Park.

Kane (24) joined Ballymena United in 2019 from Coleraine & District Premier League side Dervock, with his 67 goals in the 2018/19 season impressing then Sky Blues manager David Jeffrey.

The Ballymoney man scored eight goals in 98 appearances in his four years at the Showgrounds.

"Kenny is a player I have watched closely for many years, since he broke into the Ballymena United team as a kid," said Currie.

"He’s scored goals throughout his young career and he now gives us that explosive option of his pace in behind and we feel he will be a fantastic option for us."

North Belfast side Newington get to sample Derry City's Brandywell when they visit Institute.


Saturday (3pm): Annagh v Ards, Ballinamallard v Knockbreda, Ballyclare v Portadown, H&W Welders v Dergview, Institute v Newington