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