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Portadown boss Currie excited by up-and-coming talent at Shamrock Park

By Adrian Rutherford

Niall Currie is convinced the future is bright for Portadown because of an emerging group of talented young players. It has been a dismal season for the Mid-Ulster side, who are seemingly destined for relegation.

But Currie believes the promise shown by a series of teenagers means better times lie ahead.

At the weekend 16-year-old Luke Wilson scored on his league debut.

He was one of three teenagers selected for the crucial 2-1 win over Carrick, which kept the Ports clinging on for another week.

Callum Ferris (15) also played a key role, winning the penalty for their equaliser.

Ross Larkin and Nedas Maciulaitis were also involved.

Currie said: "The big plus points on Saturday were that we had a 16-year-old playing in central midfield in young Luke.

"Thankfully he signed a new deal with us during the week because we have very high expectations of this young lad. We think he has got a great future ahead.

"We had Nedas on, we had Callum on, who is 15 - we had quite a few teenagers.

"I think they will only get stronger as the years go by.

"Hopefully they got a great experience today and their parents got a great experience watching them."

Wilson made the biggest impact by scoring the winner against Carrick.

It kept the Ports' slim hopes of survival just about alive - but they must beat Ballinamallard on Friday night.

Currie added: "Luke has come through the youth set-up.

"You are always worried about putting on a 16-year-old because there are a lot of experienced characters out there, but I have seen enough of him.

"He has been training in the first team squad these past few weeks as he's a talented young boy.

"Physically there are no issues - he is going to get bigger and stronger and he's not afraid to put a tackle in either."

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