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Vinny Arkins slams IFA points deduction debacle as Portadown hit new low

Dungannon Swifts 6-0 Portadown

Published 10/10/2016

Vinny Arkins has blasted the Irish Football Association over the points deduction farce surrounding Portadown
Vinny Arkins has blasted the Irish Football Association over the points deduction farce surrounding Portadown
Six appeal: Portadown’s Aaron Haire and Douglas Wilson

Vinny Arkins has blasted the Irish Football Association over the points deduction farce surrounding Portadown.

The Mid-Ulster side are still waiting to hear if an appeal against the 12-point penalty has been successful.

A decision on the appeal is expected this week but Arkins, one of the club's greatest players, says the saga has been embarrassing.

"It is ridiculous and it's not only affecting us, it is affecting other teams in the league," he said. "I just don't know where this one person is that will stand up and make that decision.

"Somebody has to make a decision either way, just so everyone can move on."

He was equally scathing of this result as the Ports were hit for six by Dungannon.

"I think off-field and on-field this has to be a new low," he added.

As bad as Portadown were, Dungannon were simply brilliant.

They went ahead after a quarter of an hour when Douglas Wilson's eye-catching free-kick found the net.

David Armstrong headed the Swifts' second midway through the first-half.

The goal of the game came six minutes after the restart. A fine passing move cut through the Ports' back line, with Cormac Burke applying a classy finish.

Terry Fitzpatrick headed number four from close range.

After Chris Hegarty grabbed the fifth, Andrew Mitchell sealed the rout with the final kick of the match.

DUNGANNON SWIFTS: Coleman, Burns (Lowe, 74), Hegarty, Armstrong, O'Rourke, Wilson (McDonald, 84), Fitzpatrick (McMahon, 79), Glackin, Burke, Teggart, Mitchell

PORTADOWN: McGaughey, Carson, O'Hara (Withers, 61), Oman, Rodgers (Kirwan, 46), Byrne, Henderson, Garrett, Parker, Hughes, Haire (Rooney, 75)

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)

MAN OF THE MATCH: Jamie Glackin

Match rating: 8/10

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