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Richard Lecky goals can lead Ports to the top: Ronnie McFall

Ronnie McFall has backed Richard Lecky to fire Portadown’s title challenge, by branding the striker ‘a natural finisher.’

And McFall has thrown the gauntlet down to the 26-year-old to get even more goals than last season.

Lecky scored three times in the Ports’ Europa League run during July and McFall is in no doubt that the Castlederg-man can transfer that form to the domestic stage and better last season’s goal tally of 15.

After missing the defeat to Glenavon in the Shamrock Park side’s opening game of the season, Lecky will line-up against Ballymena United this afternoon with the aim to get a first three points on the board.

“This is a big season for Richard Lecky,” said McFall.

“He came up a level two seasons ago when we were in the Championship and he had to step up again when we were back in the Premiership last season.

“He’s met the challenge well over the last couple of years by scoring goals regularly.

“Now the fresh challenge for him is to keep doing it and show that he can be the main man in a team that is challenging at the top of the table — because that’s the ambitions we have this season.

“He is a natural finisher and when he gets chances he can put them away.

“With the creativity of players like Neil McCafferty and Kevin Braniff and service from Wesley Boyle on the wing I am confident that we will create chances and I would think that he’ll score them.

“He’s worked hard in pre-season and that has paid off in Europe with goals and his work-rate was excellent too.

“The goal is to transfer that to our own league.”

And although McFall was happy with the performance — if not the result — against Glenavon, he is warning that the best is yet to come from his team.

That won’t stop him from trying to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes in 10 days time.

“I thought we were the better team against Glenavon and that we created a lot of chances,” he said.

“When the players get match fit and the likes of McCafferty get used to the players around them then we’ll see the best of them.

“Ideally I’d like to get a couple of players in, but it’s finding the right ones at the right price that is the challenge.”

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