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Currie believes Reds-bound Breen will be a huge loss to Ports revival

By Stuart McKinley

Niall Currie has spoken of his disappointment that centre-half Garry Breen won't be part of his rebuilding job at Portadown.

The former Manchester City apprentice has put in big performances alongside teenager Ross Larkin in the Ports' last couple of games as victories over Carrick Rangers and Ballinamallard United have kept their slim Premiership survival hopes alive.

On top of that, Larkin scored the vital goal to beat the Mallards, but his partnership with Breen will be a short one as the 28-year-old has committed his future to Cliftonville, having signed a pre-contract ahead of a switch to Solitude in the summer.

"Garry Breen's been outstanding the last few games," said Currie, ahead of tonight's trip to face his old club Ards.

"In beside Ross Larkin they look a fantastic partnership; I just wish they could be a partnership for many, many years, but that's not going to happen.

"To be fair to Garry - and I know he's taken a bit of stick - I have just asked people to be good pros and he has come in and been fantastic in the last few games."

Carrick need just a single point to condemn the Ports to relegation.

Meanwhile, Portadown's end of season dinner is scheduled for the Seagoe Hotel on Saturday, April 29 (7.30pm). Tickets cost £30 and guest speaker will be Liam Beckett. There will be a three course meal and entertainment by DJ Hursty.

• The Northern Ireland Football Programme and Memorabilia Fair will kick off at Grosvenor House on Belfast's Glengall Street on Saturday, May 27 from 10am to 2.30pm.

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