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Goalkeeper Murphy heads to Portadown

By Chris Holt

Portadown have bolstered their squad by signing former Glenavon goalkeeper Tuda Murphy.



The Cayman Islands international had been on trail at Shamrock Park over the summer and boss Ronnie McFall has been sufficiently impressed by the agile 30 year old to offer him a contract.

It is expected that regular first choice stopper David Miskelly will retain the number one jersey with Murphy providing back-up.

Carrick Rangers have also signed an international keeper with Slovakian Maros Valko heading to Taylor’s Avenue.

The 22 year old former under 18 and under 19 international signed a one-year deal with Stephen Small’s men.

Valko is much travelled, having had a spell in the US, playing for Dallas Texans and Furman Paladins.

Meanwhile, defender Richard Vauls has left Coleraine, despite having just agreed terms on a new deal.

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Derry City ease themselves back into Premier League action this evening away to Galway United (7.45pm kick-off).

The Terryland Park outfit are on a losing streak which extends back an astonishing 19 games now and Derry head there strong favourites to renew their title bid.

Going into tonight’s game Derry lie second place in the table, just two points behind leaders Sligo Rovers.

Rovers bowed out of the Europa League last night after a |2-0 defeat to Glentoran’s conquerors Vorskla Poltava.

And after a frantic day in which St Pat’s players threatened to boycott their game over a bonus dispute, the Dubliners also lost, 3-1 (5-1 on aggregate) to Karpaty Lviv.

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