Sky Sports may well have picked the perfect game to screen if it’s late drama they are looking for.
There has been last-gasp action in all four of Portadown’s Danske Bank Premiership matches this season — not least their 4-3 defeat to Coleraine when the Bannsiders triumphed after trailing 3-0 with just 18 minutes to go.
On Friday night the Ports scored late themselves, going 1-0 up against Dungannon Swifts with four minutes left on the clock, only to concede an even later equaliser.
As he approaches tonight’s derby clash with Glenavon — the first time the mid-Ulster rivals have met in a televised game — manager Ronnie McFall isn’t concerned about entertaining the watching audience, or those who will pay their way through the gate at Mourneview Park.
All the Ports boss wants is a win and he knows that will be enough to satisfy his team’s fans, irrespective of providing excitement.
“We’ve been conceding late goals, which is obviously disappointing, but we’ve been playing well and creating chances, so we’re happy with aspects of our performances,” said McFall, whose team hasn’t won since beating Lisburn Distillery 4-2 on the opening day — when, naturally, they netted twice late on.
“There’s been lapses in concentration and individual errors that have cost us, but we’re working to eradicate those and, if we can do that, we’ll get better results.
“You always want to try to play the best football that you can, but the main thing is the three points.
“I remember Bob Paisley, the old Liverpool manager, saying that you worry about winning the game first and then how you did it afterwards.”