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Portadown manager Ronnie McFall

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall

Ronnie McFall has nothing against Ballymena United — he just doesn’t want to face them twice next week.

The Ports are down to take on the Braidmen in the semi-finals of the Irish Cup next Saturday, but it’s a potential league trip to the Sky Blues on Easter Tuesday that he is keen to avoid.

Instead McFall wants to seal a home date with Dungannon Swifts by clinching a top half finish in the Carling Premiership.

And that means that they must take at least a point from today’s rearranged trip to Coleraine, who themselves would jump into the-six with victory over the Ports.

“We want to be in the top-six, there is no question about that,” said McFall.

“With no disrespect to the teams who aren’t in the top-six it’s much better for the players to be up against the top teams than those who might be involved in fighting relegation.”

The Ports will host Dungannon Swifts, Crusaders and then Linfield — in a last day game when the Blues may be looking for points to win the title — should they claim that coveted top-six spot, with trips to Cliftonville and Glentoran.

Belfast Telegraph