Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

McKinstry to rattle Ronnie

Armagh City chief Gary McKinstry is confident his side can rattle title contenders Portadown and their new boy Andy Smith this afternoon.

All eyes will be on former Northern Ireland international Smith at Shamrock Park as the ex-Glentoran man is poised to make his debut for the Ports.

McKinstry would love to have his former team-mate Chris Walker available to stop Smith in his tracks but the big defender remains in the treatment room.

McKinstry, who is also without Gary Fitzpatrick, is still confident his men can stun Ronnie McFall's side.

"Ronnie has flexed his muscles by bringing in Andy who has already proved himself as a quality player in Irish League football," he said.

"He made the move to England and things didn't work out for him but he will be hungry to re-establish himself as a top striker.

"There is perhaps a question about his match fitness at the minute but we will have to keep an eye on him.

"But Portadown have other dangermen. I have played under Ronnie and I know what him and his teams are about.

" They are a big strong physical side and we will need to match their effort and commitment."

Linfield, Glentoran and Cliftonville are the early pacesetters in the title race but McKinstry believes the Ports will stay in the hunt.

"They are a very formidable side and are very much title contenders," he added.

"Ronnie is a fantastic manager and the minute you under-estimate them is the minute they can destroy you.

"He's a household name in Irish League football and knows what it takes to win titles. He deserves a lot of credit and long may it continue but our performances have been promising this season.

"We created numerous chances against Linfield last week and on another day we could have grabbed a point. I am working with a good bunch of lads and our mood is still upbeat."

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