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McFall in praise of his top stopper Miskelly

By Alex McGreevy

Published 03/12/2007

Portadown boss Ronnie McFall believes that goalkeeper David Miskelly's penalty save at Celtic Park on Saturday proves he is the best in the business in the Irish Premier League at present.

Former Northern Ireland under-21 international Miskelly - who was also the man of the match - brilliantly tipped away Paul McVeigh's first-half spot-kick with one hand and continued to deny Donegal Celtic's desperate attempts to end a miserable run of defeats at home.

The west-Belfast side has yet to win a league game in their own back yard this season and that is something that manager Paddy Kelly will want to put right as soon as possible after Gary McCutcheon's strike gave Portadown a 1-0 victory.

Miskelly prevented Celtic from taking the lead after referee Dessie Loughrey deemed that defender Gareth McKeown had fouled tricky winger James Lavery inside the box ten minutes before half-time.

McFall, closer to the incident than his opposite number Kelly, disputed the decision while Kelly felt it was a good call by Loughrey - a former Irish League player with Ballymena United and Coleraine.

McFall said: "I didn't think it was a penalty, not at all.

"I actually thought that the Celtic player was offside first of all and then McKeown won the ball.

"I think the lad Lavery even admitted it wasn't a penalty.

"Fortunately for us David Miskelly pulled of a magnificent save.

"He has been superb for us this season and I don't think there is a better goalkeeper in the league."

With Cliftonville, Linfield and Glentoran all winning at the top of the Premier League, winning on Saturday was the only option for would-be contenders Portadown.

McFall added: "It was important for us to take three points because up to now we are going into every game with five or six players out of action.

"We've lost Jamie Marks, Marc McCann and Wesley Boyle to injury and Michael Collins has moved on.

"Needless to say I will be looking to bring in a few players in January.

"We have to strengthen if we are to challenge. I know if I can get my injured players back and add to that we'll definitely be contesting the title."

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