Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Portadown put 10 on transfer list

Portadown 1 Lisburn Distillery 0: The dust had barely settled after their win over Lisburn Distillery when Portadown boss Ronnie McFall announced a wholesale clear-out of players.

Reflecting on the season immediately post-match, McFall said: "It's not one that you can take much enjoyment from, that's for sure.

"Injuries didn't help but, at the end of the day, a few players didn't play up to the mark and we never scored enough goals all season."

Then, having spoken with his squad, it was a case of planning for the new season right away when it was announced that Richard Lecky, Brian Gartland, Jamie McArdle and Andrew Burns were not having their contracts renewed.

Neill McCafferty and Michael McLellan are being released early from theirs whilst also heading out the Shamrock Park exit door are Ryan Burns, Aaron Burns, Mark Patton and Joe McNeill.

With Portadown finishing seventh, changes come as no surprise, but the number of players moving on might. However, it is clear that McFall has made the changes he feels he needs if he is to take the club forward next season.

Midfield was viewed as one area needing a major shake-up and Portadown also confirmed they had signed 24-year-old former Bohemians and Drogheda United midfielder Peter McMahon.

It's all change too for Distillery in a different direction as they face life in Championship 1 next season.

The Belfast Telegraph understands the Whites board will begin interviewing prospective candidates for the vacant managerial position early this week.

On the pitch, a goal nine minutes from time from Ports midfielder Sean Mackle banked the points.

Darren Murray was the main threat for the home side, but the decisive finish came when Mackle steered home Ross Redman's cross.

In an open game, the Whites missed three great early chances as well as a penalty on 51 minutes when David Miskelly saved from Scott Davidson.

"Murray on another day could have scored three, but it was a great goal that won it for us," said McFall.

"It was end of season stuff, but they played some decent football, knocked it about quite well and missed a penalty."

Stand-in Whites' boss Sammy McFadden said: "I can't fault them in any respect The boys put a lot of work in and naturally they got tired.

"I think we can hold our heads high; the last two games we have worked hard and haven't let the club down."

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