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Currie determined to lift gloom at Shamrock by sparking a cup run

By Graham Luney

Niall Currie is hungry to give Portadown fans something to smile about in a season where they have been battling relegation from day one.

And he has added two more new faces as he attempts to salvage something from the wreck of having to start the season with a 12-point penalty.

Winger Adam Foley and striker Tiernan Mulvenna will go straight into the squad for today's Irish Cup fifth round trip to Larne and with Currie missing a handful of players through injury their Championship hosts will smell blood.

Currie, however, is determined to lift the gloom that is hanging over Shamrock Park by sparking a Cup run by beating the team that the Ports defeated 5-1 in the final the last time they won the trophy 12 years ago.

"The Irish Cup is very important to me," said Currie, who is without captain Keith O'Hara and midfielder Robert Garrett as well as Niall Henderson, Tim Mouncey and Sean Mackle, while Garry Breen and Mark McAllister are rated doubtful.

"It's a great out - a wonderful out. If we can get everybody out on to the pitch we've a chance of going far in it, but it's about getting everybody on the pitch.

"With what we have brought in, if we can get our senior players on the pitch I think it's a competition we can go very far in.

"I won't be worrying about resting players, they will get enough rest until the following week. The biggest problem is having 13 or 14 players available because of injuries."

Mulvenna was part of the Glenavon team that won the Irish Cup three years ago and he returns to the top flight after spending the last 12 months at Warrenpoint Town.

"It's a chance to play for a big club again and even though we are in a bad place we're too big to stay there," said 28-year-old Mulvenna.

"With Niall in charge and the future plans he has told me about it points in only one direction for me so I'm very happy the move has come and can't wait to play a big part in the battle to stay up and kick on."

Foley also has previous Irish League experience with Glenavon, having played at Mourneview Park during the 2013-14 campaign.

"I'm excited to be here at Portadown, to play for Niall and I'm looking forward to putting the shirt on and getting going to help get the club back to where it belongs," said Foley.

"It is a massive club so it wasn't exactly a hard decision to make."

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