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Portadown on brink of relegation but Currie clings to hope


By Adrian Rutherford

Portadown's relegation from top-flight football will be confirmed if they fail to beat Ballinamallard United tonight (8pm). The Mid-Ulster club have been limping towards the Championship for weeks.

And anything other than three points against the Mallards will seal their exit from the Danske Bank Premiership.

But boss Niall Currie, buoyed by last weekend's win over Carrick Rangers, believes they can keep their faint survival hopes alive.

"We are looking forward to it. Fingers crossed we can go out on Friday night and get the result we need," he said.

"I'm confident that if we play the way we did last Saturday we will have a good chance against Ballinamallard."

The Ports are 11 points adrift at the bottom with four games remaining.

They must win all four matches, and hope Carrick lose every one of theirs.

Currie added: "As we know it's not in our hands.

"I'm sure Carrick will fancy their chances of getting a point here or there.

"We did what we needed last time and we were delighted to break what has been a really bad run."

While they are relying on their rivals slipping up big time, Currie says all his players can do is focus on themselves.

And he is confident they can pick up the wins they need.

"I think all the post-split games are ones we can look to compete in," he added.

"They are all ones in which we can challenge for points.

"We've a lot of kids playing at the minute but if they produce the same level of performance as they did against Carrick we have every chance."

Ballinamallard, meanwhile, know a point tonight will all but secure their Danske Bank Premiership status for another season.

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