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Portadown's Mark McAllister is hoping for a sweet finish

By Stuart McKinley

Mark McAllister's motivation to take Portadown all the way to Irish Cup glory is three-fold.

The striker already has three winner's medals tucked away from his time at Linfield, but winning the trophy with his hometown club would mean a little bit more to him.

And bringing silverware back to Shamrock Park would also go some way to making up for the major disappointment felt by the club's fans over the last 10 months, with this season's poor league campaign - the Ports currently sit seventh in the Danske Bank Premiership - following the bitter pill of last season's Irish Cup final defeat at the hands of Glentoran.

"We've had a really disappointing season - I think we all know that, but we're still in the Irish Cup, so we need to push on and try to get as far as possible in that and get something out of the season," said McAllister, ahead of tomorrow's all-Premiershp sixth round tie at home to Coleraine.

"We know we have the quality on our day to beat anyone, we just need to keep putting in performances and turn up in the big games and give the fans something to cheer about."

Given McAllister's goalscoring pedigree in the Cup he is the man the Ports will want to deliver if they are going to make the quarter-finals.

His hat-trick against Wakehurst in the last round got him off the mark for the season after an injury-ravaged campaign.

The 27-year-old is smiling again and now he wants to make others smile too.

"I've three Irish Cup medals, I played in two other finals and scored a few goals in them, so it's a competition that has been good to me," said McAllister.

"I'd love to add to that for Portadown.

"I've a lot of friends who support the club as well. It would be special to win something for Portadown and if it's not the league title then I'll take the Irish Cup."

And McAllister is determined to look forward rather than back, with last season's downer now history.

"It was very disappointing what happened, but we can't keep going on about it," he said.

"We didn't really play well on the day, but we've got a chance to put things right this year."

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