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Portadown manager Ronnie McFall harbours lofty ambitions

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall has placed moving up the Carling Premiership table at the top of his priority list.

Yet the Shamrock Park boss knows that the injection of confidence his team might get from victory over Coleraine in the quarter-finals of the Co-operative Insurance Cup could go a long way to rebuilding their league form.

The Ports are languishing in 10th place at present, some ten points away from a place in the top half of the table and for a team that had targeted a title challenge their current placing is a long way off where they’d planned to be when things kicked off in August.

The Ports have reached at least the semi-finals of the Co-operative Insurance Cup in the last two seasons — lifting the trophy as a Championship club in 2009, while tonight’s opponents at Shamrock Park were runners-up last season.

“The league is more important for us, but we are in the quarter-finals and we want to go as far as we can,” said McFall.

“As we’ve seen throughout the season every team is capable of beating anyone on any given day so we’ve got to be up for it from the start.

“Getting to a semi-final would give us a bit of a lift and something to look forward to.”

The Ports will face holders Bohemians in the Setanta Sports Cup after yesterday’s draw.

Bohs are in financial turmoil, but a major fundraising drive has been undertaken in order to keep the club alive.

“On last season’s form, they are Setanta Cup holders and finished runners-up in the league to Shamrock Rovers, they will be a formidable hurdle for us,” said McFall.

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