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Ports relieved as O'Hara and Oman are told they can play

By Graham Luney

Portadown have received confirmation from the Irish FA that skipper Keith O'Hara and Ken Oman are properly registered to play for the club.

Oman is currently recovering from injury while O'Hara was pulled out of the squad ahead of Wednesday night's 2-1 win at home to Ballinamallard United.

The Ports were concerned at potential disciplinary problems over the registration status of the duo and the club failed to receive assurances from the Irish FA before the game.

A decision in April by the IFA disciplinary committee left Portadown unable to sign players on professional terms until June, 2017.

Club officials understood that they were entitled to re-sign players on professional contracts who played for them last season.

But the Mid Ulster club was sent a list of registered players before 5pm on Wednesday and it didn't include O'Hara and Oman.

Portadown, who are appealing a 12-points deduction after a breach of registration rules with regard to Peter McMahon, will be relieved that the duo are free to play - however questions will be asked of Irish FA disciplinary chiefs why clarification was not given sooner.

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