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New boy can fire Portadown to success, says McFall

Ronnie McFall expects his goalscoring headache to begin to lift in less than a fortnight.

By that the time Portadown manager will have former Oldham Athletic and Macclesfield Town striker Matthew Tipton in his line-up.

Tipton has signed-on at Shamrock Park after a six-month spell at Dundalk — and McFall is also hoping to add further firepower during the January transfer window.

“I believe we’ve got ourselves a good player in Matthew Tipton,” said McFall.

“He is a goalscorer whose record speaks for itself and he had a very good run at Dundalk.

“It’s no secret that I’ve been trying to bring a striker into the squad and I think all that we’ve been missing is a cutting edge up-front.

Tipton — who is a close friend of Ports goalkeeper David Miskelly from their time together at Oldham as youngsters — trained with the Ports last summer, but the offer of full-time football with Dundalk was a more attractive proposition at the time.

The 30-year-old has now signed an 18-month contract at Shamrock Park and is currently in the process of moving his young family across to Northern Ireland from Oldham in order to give him the best chance of producing the goods.

“He’s coming over here to live, hopefully that will help him on the pitch,” said McFall.

Belfast Telegraph