Niall Currie targets hat-trick of home wins to secure title and a return to the big time for Portadown

Hot Ports lead Playr-Fit Championship by a point from Dundela

Portadown boss Niall Currie
Portadown boss Niall Currie

NIALL Currie is demanding a hat-trick of victories at Shamrock Park in Portadown’s concluding three matches of the dramatic Playr-Fit Championship season.

The Ports are one point ahead of Dundela, with the pair set to clash on April 20. Institute, a point behind the east Belfast men in third, go to Shamrock Park on April 26, while H&W Welders are first up at the famous old venue on Saturday.

“We are in control of our own destiny and are more than capable of winning our last three matches which are all at Shamrock Park,” said Portadown boss Currie.

“There will be a few more twists and turns before the end of the season but we have the right mindset.”

The promotion battle is complicated by the fact the Duns will not step up even if they win the title as Wilgar Park is too narrow to pass Sports Direct Premiership rules and the club have said they will not groundshare.

For the Ports, only a title win would guarantee an immediate return to the top flight, otherwise a play-off would be their only route back to the big time.


Saturday, April 13 (3pm unless stated)

Section A: Dundela v Bangor; Institute v Annagh United; Portadown v H&W Welders

Section B: Ards v Newington; Ballinamallard United v Dergview; Ballyclare Comrades v Knockbreda (Solitude, 2pm)