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Portadown can push on after win, says Ronnie McFall

Carrick Ranger 0 - Portadown 1

By Peter Jordan

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall believes Gary Twigg's late penalty against Carrick Rangers might just have kick-started his side's season.

The win was the first in six matches for the Ports and it came with the very last kick of the match.

Substitute Ryan Kane was guilty of a clumsy challenge on Ross Redman and, with referee Keith Kennedy well-placed, he had no hesitation in awarding the penalty.

Twigg then placed the ball on the spot before planting it firmly to the right of Brian Neeson's despairing dive to take all three points.

"We haven't had a settled team of late because of injuries and suspensions and our form has suffered, but I thought we deserved something from the game," said the Ports' manager.

"This league is relentless and we desperately needed the three points.

"Hopefully, this win will start a bit of a run for us. It's the first time we have kept a clean sheet this season, which is a big plus for us.

"We might have been fortunate, but it was a definite penalty kick.

"I thought Twigg was outstanding again, their keeper pulled off a couple of good saves before we eventually scored.

"Carrick will be disappointed in the manner of the defeat and a lot of teams are going to struggle here, so I'm very happy with the result."

Carrick manager Gary Haveron said: "I don't think they caused us any real problems, then we've gone and thrown away a point in virtually the last kick of the game.

"We have to learn how to close out games.

"We're conceding late goals too often and it's costing us, we should be further up the table than we are.

"It was a much more committed performance from us after last week's debacle at Crusaders but we should have come away with at least a point, so I'm obviously disappointed."

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