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Gault hopes Murray can keep Portadown firing ahead

Ballinamallard 1-2 Portadown

By Gareth Cauldwell

Darren Murray showed just why there has been interest from Scottish sides Morton and Inverness Caledonian Thistle with a clinical strike for Portadown in their 2-1 win over Ballinamallard United on Saturday.

The striker fired home to open the scoring in the 26th minute and it was his well-struck effort that forced the corner for the Ports' second five minutes later, Ken Oman converting Ross Redman's cross.

Ballinamallard did pull a goal back before half-time through Liam Martin but, despite pressing in the second-half, Whitey Anderson's charges could not find an equaliser.

Ports midfielder Michael Gault is in no doubt about the quality that Murray possesses.

"He's a brilliant player and he has come back fully fit and focused," said Gault.

"He obviously had a few things going on in pre-season where he was maybe wanting to leave us but he has decided to stay on. He has come back and scored two against Crusaders and he scored again here so already he is repaying the faith that Ronnie (McFall) has shown in him.

"He has put himself in the limelight saying he wants to move and he wants people to come and watch him. Thankfully he is showing what he has so it has to be good for Portadown.

"If he goes it would be a massive loss but we've still got Mark McAllister and Gary Twigg, they are two top strikers."

Mallards boss Anderson says it is clear to see why there is interest in the Ports attacker.

"Once Darren Murray hit the ball you knew it was going in, that's the quality the fella has and that's why he is where he is and that's why there is a lot of talk about him," he said.

"That's what it is about, putting the ball in the back of the net."

On the game, Anderson added: "All we were missing was the result. We scored a good goal and I thought we played some good football and there is certainly a lot more positives than last week's performance."

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