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McFall fired up for his last shot at glory with Ports

By Staff Reporter

The wind of change has struck Portadown with striker Darren Murray set to leave and rumours of others heading for the exit door but there is at least one thing we can be sure about at Shamrock Park.

Boss Ronnie McFall has always possessed a burning desire to lift the top knockout prize in the domestic game and that desire has never been greater as the legendary boss prepares to leave the Irish League stage this summer. McFall has got his hands on the Irish Cup three times since being appointed Ports boss in December 1986 and even though he's the club's only manager to win the trophy as well as securing league titles (four), he knows those statistics should be a lot better.

The Ports entertain minnows Wakehurst tomorrow.

"Cup games are one-off fixtures and for that reason you always have to show the other team respect," said Europe's longest serving manager. "You don't get a second chance. The disappointment we felt after the final last year was clear to see but we want to get back there and experience very different emotions."

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