It may have been his big day but boss Ronnie McFall couldn’t help but pour praise on his Portadown players after a victory that meant his 25th anniversary celebrations went off with a bang.
Goals from Jamie Tomelty and Kevin Braniff sealed a fine victory at the Oval, where McFall first began his managerial career, and the scoreline should have been more comprehensive.
That it wasn’t was probably down to the fact that the returning Matty Tipton wasn’t quite firing on all cylinders in front of goal, though he more than played his part in the success.
“He (Tipton) came to me during the week and he said he knows his body better than anybody and he had been in touch with boys he had worked with across the water and he wasn't feeling any pain or discomfort on his shoulder, so it was his decision to play,” said McFall.
As for opposite number Scott Young, he said he couldn’t complain with his side’s effort but only one win in five games reiterated his belief that players need to be brought in. Whether that happens remains to be seen, though Gary Hamilton’s imminent departure to join Glenavon as manager will free up wages.
“First and foremost the chairman is trying to do something but it is up in the air just now,” said Young.
“We don't know if we can or we can't, but until that point we don't know.”