McAllister making up for lost time at Ports
Portadown 2 Dungannon Swifts 0
Smiles are back on faces at Shamrock Park.
And one man smiling more than most is Mark McAllister.
Frozen out by former manager Pat McGibbon, McAllister was given a warm welcome back as soon as Niall Currie took over.
The relationship is blossoming already after McAllister's influential performance helped Currie mark his first home game in charge with a 2-0 victory over Dungannon Swifts.
McAllister struck the opener before teeing up Stephen Hughes and Currie expects McAllister to have even more of an impact.
"I just don't think this club is in a position to have one of the best strikers training with the under-20 or under-19 team," said Currie. "And he's not just a striker, he brings everything to the table - he brings link play, he holds it up, he gives us goals and he gives us that bit of magic.
"He is a special player, we've got a smile on his face, he seems to be happy and long may it continue."
Dungannon manager Rodney McAree's frustration increased when goalkeeper Andy Coleman was shown a second yellow card after the final whistle and he will join team mate Chris Hegarty and Ports captain Keith O'Hara in missing the Boxing Day games after they were dismissed within six minutes of each other.
"It's extremely frustrating for us because at that stage - after the final whistle - we can't win the game and there's no need to say anything. Just walk away," said McAree.
Portadown: McGaughey, Carson, Breen, Oman, O'Hara, Shannon (Parker, 62 mins), Henderson, Garrett, Hughes, Haire (Ferris, 67 mins), McAllister. Unused subs: R Larkin, Brown, C Larkin.
Dungannon: Coleman, Burns, Hegarty, Armstrong, O'Rourke (McElroy, 62 mins), Wilson, Glackin, Harpur (Lowe, 46 mins), Mitchell, Burke (McMahon, 46 mins), Teggart. Unused subs: Addis, Fitzpatrick.
Referee: Arnold Hunter (Maguiresbridge).