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Tipton can help Portadown beat the drop: McFall

Ronnie McFall has hailed Matthew Tipton as the man who can help save Portadown’s season.



The former Oldham Athletic and Macclesfield Town striker has shown his natural goalscoring ability since arriving at Shamrock Park this month and McFall expects more goals to flow from his shooting boots.

Tipton displayed his finishing prowess at Dundalk and he has maintained that form in the Carling Premiership, scoring his third goal for the Ports in the 1-0 home win over Lisburn Distillery this week.

As the mid-Ulster Reds prepare to welcome relegation-threatened Newry City to Shamrock Park this afternoon, McFall hopes Tipton can keep torturing Premiership defences.

“We were short up front and lacked that cutting edge that all teams need,” said the Ports boss. “He is strong and fit and done well for us. I saw his pedigree when he was at Dundalk and when you have an opportunity to bring a natural finisher who leads the line well to the club then you have to take it.”

McFall has been wheeling and dealing in the January transfer window but he could lose out on Lisburn Distillery striker Gary Browne with Linfield showing a firm interest.

With Darren Kelly and Henry McStay heading out the exit door, the defence needed reshuffled and Garry Breen and Brian Gartland have been drafted in.

“It was vital that we reinforced the defence,” added McFall.

“The new boys have enjoyed training and I’m sure they’ll do very well for us.”

McFall has let midfielder Neil McCafferty join Ballymena United on loan to the end of the current season.

“Neil will get first team football and there is no doubt that United have got a quality player who is technically very good,” he said.

“He just fell out of our first team picture but he is under contract to us for another year and we will see what happens.”

The Ports can expect a rough ride from City today, a club who are fighting for their top flight future.

“It’ll be a hard match,” said McFall. “They have been unlucky in recent matches and they will be very keen to pocket three points.”

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